Two local colleges have made the annual list of top producers of Fulbright grants – SUNY Geneseo and the University of Rochester.
The annual list is broken down in groups of schools designated by their terminal degrees. Hence, UR is among other schools that give doctorates, and Geneseo is on a separate list for schools that grant master’s degrees.
The 2019 list was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright grants allow for students to take time after graduation to conduct research or teach English abroad.
With 10 students winning Fulbright grants, UR was actually near the bottom of the top doctoral schools, tying with others such as Pennsylvania State University, American University and Northeastern University. The 10 winners were among 37 UR students who applied for Fulbright grants, indicating a success rate of 27 percent. By comparison, Harvard University’s 125 applicants had a success rate of 21.6 percent.
Geneseo, meanwhile, was near the top of its list, placing at third for master’s degree schools. Seven Geneseo students won the grants for study abroad after they graduated. The success rate there was nearly 37 percent.
This is the third year in a row Geneseo has been on the Top Producer list.
Geneseo President Denise A. Battles said, “The Fulbright competition pits our talented and accomplished students and alumni against those of the country’s finest colleges and universities. Our ongoing success is a testament to the high-quality education our students receive and evidences Geneseo’s status as one of the nation’s premier public liberal arts colleges.”
For the coming year, when winners are announced beginning in March, a record 36 Geneseo students applied, with 17 already having been selected as semi-finalists, the college said. UR reported that 21 of its students have been named semi-finalists.
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