Mackenzie Doherty '18 received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Vietnam in 2018.

Hamilton College is among U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. students, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For 2018-19, 10 Hamilton students were awarded Fulbright grants and English Teaching Assistantships. They traveled to Germany, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Argentina, Spain, and Cyprus.

Hamilton is seventh among Bachelor’s institutions, tied with Davidson College and Middlebury College for its total number of Fulbright Student grants. Hamilton has been a top producing Fulbright college since the lists were first published in 2004.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Hamilton through Student Fellowships Coordinator Virginia (Ginny) Dosch. Professor of History Douglas Ambrose and Associate Professor of Russian Studies John Bartle have comprised Hamilton’s Fulbright committee with Dosch for almost 20 years.

“Fulbright Grants appeal to students across disciplines and a broad range of interests. The Fulbright grantees have certain things in common – they have taken advantage of many opportunities at Hamilton, including conducting research with professors, participating in career-related internships, studying abroad or away, working on independent projects, and engaging in co-curricular activities on campus and in the community,” Dosch remarked. “They have the experiences, skills, and confidence to study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research, and teach foreign languages.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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