Feb. 20, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas— St. Edward’s University is proud to be named a top producer of 2021–2022 Fulbright U.S. Students.

Six students from St. Edward’s were awarded Fulbrights for the academic year 2021–2022, getting the opportunity to work, live with and learn from the people of their host country. St. Edward’s is one of five institutions in Texas to be named a top producer for 2021–2022. The others are The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, University of Houston and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. 

Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually

With this year’s recognition, St. Edward’s has been recognized as a top producer 12 times.

“It’s thanks to the remarkable diversity and accomplishments — both academic and experiential — of our St. Ed’s students that we have once again been named a Fulbright Top Producer. Our students have great hearts, sharp minds and unique stories that make them ideal candidates for cultural exchange and future success.” said Dina Guidubaldi, director of Fellowships.

Since 2008, 75 Fulbrights have been awarded to our students to teach and conduct research in more than 20 countries. St. Edward’s was named the nation’s top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2018–2019 and in 2015–2016. 

“We thank the leadership of these institutions for supporting their faculty advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process. We know that U.S. institutions benefit from having their students represent their campus overseas, which often fosters reciprocal exchanges that in turn help further internationalize U.S. campuses,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  

The Fulbright competition is administered at St. Edward’s through The Office of Fellowships, which helps high-achieving students academically and professionally, connects them to merit-based opportunities and makes the process of applying an enriching, reflective personal journey. The Office of Fellowships has proven success in guiding all St. Edward’s students in the Fulbright application process.  

In addition to the top producer recognition, St. Edward’s University was named a Fulbright HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Leader in 2021, the inaugural year of this designation from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. St. Edward’s was one of 35 HSIs to receive this distinction nationally, and one of three in Texas. The other Fulbright HSI leaders in Texas are Texas Tech University and the University of Houston.

About the Fulbright 

The Fulbright Program was established over 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. ECA sponsors the Fulbright program, and several nonprofit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the Bureau’s behalf. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.