Fulbright Fellowship Program

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world, offering international fellowships to students, faculty, professionals and others.

In 2023, Geneseo was one of only 18 institutions nationwide to be named a Top Producer of both US Student and US Scholars Fulbright awards.

Since the program's founding in 1946, more than 250,000 Fulbright students, scholars and teachers have made significant contributions to other countries with the overall goal of advancing mutual understanding.

In 2023—for the fifth time in the past six years—SUNY Geneseo was named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards. Geneseo was the first dedicated SUNY institution to receive such a distinction.

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Student Fellowships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

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Faculty Fellowships

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries to college and university faculty, administrators, and others.

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About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.

Established in 1946 by President Harry Truman, the goal of the Program is to increase mutual understanding and promote friendly and peaceful relations between the United States and people of other countries.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 370,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception.

Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The Student Fulbright Experience

"It's not only an immersion, but an exchange. I get to learn as much as I teach.

... but no matter how far I travel, no matter where I end up—Geneseo will always be home for me."

- Sarah Phillips '18, U.S. Student Fulbright award winner (Pasto, Columbia)

The Faculty Fulbright Experience

Jennifer Rogalsky

"My experience has had life-changing impacts on both my professional career and personal life. I continued my Fulbright research for several years … and was able to use the deep knowledge that I gained in the country to enhance my teaching in courses that include The Developing World, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Urban Issues Seminar. I have also used this knowledge to assist, and now lead, study abroad courses in Ghana."

Jennifer Rogalsky, associate professor of Geography and department chair

Jeff Koch and family

"The experiences were immensely valuable for my professional development. It was eye-opening to live in China, a country where the communist party tightly controls information, but where some citizens feel sufficiently comfortable to discuss politics in China and the U.S. It was a tremendous opportunity to witness incredible changes … and Cambodia, a very poor country that has suffered greatly, has a kind and generous population."

Jeffrey Koch, professor & chair of political science and international relations.

Recent Fulbright Awards and News

Elle Maier '24
Spanish Major Earns Fulbright Award to Colombia

Spanish major Elle Maier '24 from Fairport, NY, has won a 2024–25 Fulbright US Student award to Colombia.

Torianna Robleto '24
Fulbright Award Winner Will Teach in Honduras

Torianna Robleto ’24, a childhood with special education major and a concentration in Spanish, has won a 2024–25 Fulbright US Student award to Honduras.

History Alum Wins Fulbright to Germany

Andrew Biittig ’23 has won a 2024–25 Fulbright US Student English Teaching Assistant Award to Germany.

Lily Shields '23
Alum Earns Fulbright US Student Award to Uganda

Lily Shields ’23, an anthropology and sociomedical sciences graduate from Honeoye Falls, NY, has won a 2024–25 Fulbright US Student award to Uganda.