NYU Recognized as Top Producing Institution for Fulbright Scholars

A collage of the NYU Shanghai Fulbright recipient's headshots with a purple background
Feb 17 2023

For the 7th consecutive year, NYU (including NYU Shanghai) has been identified as a top-producing institution for Fulbright scholars. 

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is a highly prestigious U.S. State Department fellowship that offers over 400 awards in more than 135 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world.  

According to an NYU press release, in the 2022-23 academic year, a total of 25 NYU students and alumni were chosen, making the university a “Top Producing Institution” for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for seven consecutive years. Top-producing institutions among research universities are those who have had at least 10 grantees selected for the Fulbright program.

"This achievement is a testament to your institution's deep commitment to international exchange and to building lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries," U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken wrote in a letter to NYU President Andrew Hamilton congratulating the university. "New York University’s place among the Fulbright Program’s 2022-2023 Top Producing Institutions clearly demonstrates your dedication to preparing Americans to thrive in the global economy and serve as engaged citizens."

In NYU Shanghai’s 6 graduating classes, there have been 7 alumni who have officially accepted through Fulbright: Hannah Johnstone ’17 (Malaysia), Sabrina Ku ’19 (S Korea), Lizbeth Pantoja (Taiwan), Madison Pelletier ’20 (Netherlands), Vittoria Vittucci ‘20 (S Korea), Billy Chan ’20 (Taiwan), and Jaime Cantwell ’22 (Indonesia), as well as numerous semifinalists and at least two alternates.

In addition Fulbright offers a “foreign” student program, which funds graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. Kristen Glinton ’19 was NYU Shanghai’s first and so far only Fulbright awardee to the US, receiving a Fulbright grant via her home country of the Bahamas for her fully-funded two-year Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Masters at NYU. 

“Applying for a Fulbright is a flagship experience for many seniors and recent alumni to deepen the international path they have forged as undergraduates at NYU Shanghai,” said Anna Kendrick, Director of Global Awards and Scholarships, Clinical Associate Professor of Literature. “Whether as assistant teachers or as researchers, artists, scientists exploring a big question for a year, Fulbright offers recent alumni the chance to explore the world, develop as a young professional and contribute to cultural exchange.”