Despite challenges from pandemic, JHU once again a top producer of Fulbright awardees

Originally written by Jacob Budenz for The Hub in April 2021.

For the 11th year in a row, Johns Hopkins University appears on Chronicle of Higher Education‘s list of top producers for the 2020–21 Fulbright Scholarship application cycle. With 22 of 49 applicants awarded grants across the English Teaching Assistant and Study/Research programs, Hopkins has the third-highest rate of Fulbright grantees among research universities.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers funding to graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals for one year abroad to carry out study/research projects or serve as English teaching assistants.

As with most teaching, studying, and researching opportunities, the past year has been a bit different for Fulbright awardees. According to the team of the National Fellowships Program of Johns Hopkins, all but one winner from the 2019–20 cycle had to delay the start dates of their grants.

With COVID-19 numbers varying from country to country and global vaccination on the rise, the Fulbright Commission is cautiously optimistic: This year’s finalists will be awarded on a case-by-case basis regarding health guidelines, and some 2020–21 winners still await the start of grants that were delayed due to COVID-19. The Johns Hopkins National Fellowships Program will continue its rigorous application process as usual—though remotely—and eagerly anticipates applications from JHU’s diverse student body.

From Mongolia to Mexico and everywhere in between, JHU Fulbright awardees have traveled across six continents and visited more than 50 countries since 2010. Read about the past awardees on The Hub.

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