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.
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 2020—for the third year in a row—SUNY Geneseo was named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards. Geneseo is the first dedicated SUNY institution to receive such a distinction.
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.
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
"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
"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
Elizabeth “Bizzy” Coy ’06 has won a 2020–21 U.S. Student Fulbright open study/research award for Ireland to earn a master of arts in creative writing at Dublin City University.
Sean McAneny ’20 and Sean Welch ’19 have won US Student Fulbright awards to serve as English Teaching Assistants for 2020–21. Both Seans earned bachelor’s degrees in English and were four-year members of Geneseo’s NCAA cross country and track and field teams. They will be placed in the Czech Republic and Taiwan respectively to live and teach English for a year.
Isabelle Cirulli ’19 has received a 2020–21 US Student Fulbright award for Colombia as an English Teaching Assistant. Cirulli, from Webster, NY, graduated in December with a BA in Spanish and presently teaches Spanish in East Rochester, NY.
For the third time in the college’s history and the third consecutive year, SUNY Geneseo has been named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced in its annual article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
History majors Isabel Owen ’19 and Catherine Shields ’19 have won 2019–20 U.S. Student Fulbright awards for Brazil and Turkey, respectively. They will serve as English Teaching Assistants in a university or post-secondary institution for a year. The grants cap off a record-breaking year for Geneseo Fulbrights with seven awards and 12 semifinalists.
Annie Renaud ’19, from Glastonbury, CT, has won a 2019–20 U.S Student Fulbright award for Russia, where she will work as an English Teaching Assistant at a university or post-secondary institution. The award is the culmination of Renaud’s five-year journey with mentor Cynthia Klima, an associate professor of German at Geneseo.