Geneseo Named Top Producer of Fulbright US Students

Sturges Hall

Sturges Hall on the SUNY Geneseo campus (SUNY Geneseo photo/Matt Burkhartt).

For the fifth time in the college’s history, SUNY Geneseo has been named a Top Producer of Fulbright US Student awards, as announced by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education in its annual article. Geneseo was also named a Top Producer of Fulbright US Scholar awards, becoming the first dedicated SUNY institution to be named to both lists in the same year. Geneseo was one of only 18 colleges or universities nationwide to be recognized as a Top Producer for both students and scholars.

Five Geneseo alumni won US Student Fulbright awards for 2022–23, placing the College tied for fifth among more than 740 Carnegie Classification master’s degree institutions. Geneseo was consecutively named a Top Producer and finished in the top three nationally in 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21.

The winners for 2022–23 were Gail Cabahug ’22 (Spain), Sarah Fadlaoui ’22 (Germany), Michael Hughes ’20 (Austria), Isabel Owen ’19 (Brazil), and Kallie Swyer ’17 (Lithuania). The college’s historical total is now 46, with 34 awards coming in the past six years and 43 awards since 2010. Final award winners for 2023–24 cycle will be announced beginning in March. 

For the 2017–18 Fulbright cycle, Geneseo was the first dedicated SUNY institution to be named a Top Producer of US Student awards in any category—bachelor’s, master’s, research, or special-focus four-year institutions.

“Geneseo being recognized for the fifth time as one of the nation’s Top Producers of Fulbright Student awards speaks to the many talents of our students as well as the enduring power of the quality liberal arts education we offer,” says Geneseo President Denise A. Battles. “Our dual recognition as a Top Producer in both the Student and Scholars programs in the same year is not only a testament to the tremendous faculty the College attracts but also an indicator that it has truly become a ‘Fulbright’ institution.

“The entire Geneseo community takes great pride in having so many of our bright and dedicated students, alumni, and faculty members chosen to represent our nation in countries around the world to study, teach, and serve as cultural ambassadors.”

Fulbrights at Geneseo

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright US Student Program has provided more than 400,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 US students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright US Student Program operates in more than 160 countries throughout the world.

The US Student Fulbright competition is open to students and recent alumni. It is administered at Geneseo by Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships Michael Mills, who can be reached at and 585-245-6002. For more information about the Fulbright and other nationally and internationally competitive scholarship and fellowship programs, visit Fellowships and Scholarships.

The Fulbright US Scholar program annually offers 400+ awards in more than 130 countries for college and university faculty, artists, and professionals from a wide range of fields to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects around the world. For more information, contact Sue Rubright, Office of Sponsored Research, at or 585-245-5086.

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—Michael Mills