Brown ranked No. 2 nationally for 2020-21 Fulbright scholarship winners

With 38 Fulbright scholarships awarded to students and recent alumni in 2020-21, Brown University produced more student Fulbright winners than all but one other school in the nation for the second straight year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of State on Monday, Feb. 15.

It is the fifth consecutive year that Brown has been among the country’s top student Fulbright producers. In both the current and 2019-20 Fulbright award cycles, the University ranked second with 38 student winners, behind only Georgetown University. In the prior three academic years, Brown earned the country’s top rank with 35, 39 and 30 students, respectively.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has promoted international peace through intellectual and cultural exchange since its founding in 1946. The program funds approximately 2,000 recent graduates and current graduate students annually to teach and conduct research in 140 countries around the world. Applicants are selected based upon academic and professional records, the quality and achievability of their teaching or research proposals, and their ability and willingness to engage culturally with their host communities.

Brown’s consistent placement among the top Fulbright producers reflects the University’s commitment to equipping students to build knowledge and understanding across cultures, said Dean of the College Rashid Zia.

“Brown is incredibly proud of its student Fulbright scholars,” Zia said. “By addressing complex global challenges with creativity, openness and vision, they each bring the values of a Brown education to bear in the world beyond College Hill. We are excited to see the impact their work will have upon our world.”

Applicants learn of their award decisions on a rolling basis each spring. The year’s top Fulbright-producing institutions are announced the following February, when award recipients’ research and teaching fellowships are typically underway. This year, however, travel restrictions have required many student recipients to delay their arrivals or defer their awards until the 2021-22 award year.

The 38 members of Brown’s current cohort of student recipients earned fellowships to teach and conduct research in 24 countries. Teaching placements include elementary schools, high schools and universities, where awardees will provide classroom instruction and share cultural perspectives between the U.S. and their host countries. Research award recipients will pursue projects in a wide range of academic fields — from public health to filmmaking, genetics to gender studies — on five continents.

This year’s undergraduate and recent graduate Fulbright Scholars are:
Jacob Alabab-Moser (Mexico)

Layla Beckhardt (Germany)

Cornelia Cating (Burma)

Miranda Christ (Hungary)

Mara Dolan (Thailand)

Shane Des Enfants (Ecuador)

Louis Epstein (India)

Payton Gannon (Italy)

Michael Gold (India)

Maya Greenhill (Chile)

Liam Greenwell (Vietnam)

Olivia Hinch (Morocco)

Gabrielle Hsi (Taiwan)

Isiah Iniguez (Colombia)

Oren Karp (Nepal)

Casey Lingelbach (India)

Meredith Morran (Portugal)

Joseph Novak (Russia)

Mia Pattillo (Germany)

Tabitha Payne (Colombia)

Alyssa Pho (Taiwan)

Jazmin Piche (Brazil)

Frishta Qaderi (Uzbekistan)

Ella Satish (Colombia)

Anne Savaria-Watson (Chile)

Ella Scholz (Russia)

Tara Srinivas (Spain)

Kelley Tackett (India)

Aubrey Vial (Czech Republic)

Cindy Won (Indonesia)

Sophie Zacharakis (Jordan)

This year’s graduate student Fulbright scholars are:
Laura Chilson-Parks (France)

René Cordero (Dominican Republic)

Chandra Marshall (Rwanda)

Harper Dine (Mexico)

Stacey Murrell (Spain)

Tara Wheelright (Russia)

Lanbo Yang (Jordan)