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For Thirteenth Year, UT Austin Ranks as Top Producer of Fulbright Students

  • Feb 28, 2022
  • Education Abroad
  • Ellen Stader

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to be listed among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Twelve Longhorns received Fulbright awards this academic year, making the university No. 17 overall and No. 2 among public universities.

This is the 13th year UT Austin has achieved top-producing institution status, having coordinated Fulbright grants over 18 years for a total of 216 recipients.

“The University of Texas at Austin is proud of its longstanding engagement with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and we are honored to be recognized as a top producer again for 2021-2022,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “This distinction demonstrates our commitment to preparing students to become global citizens by providing opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, learning other languages and perspectives, and serving society.”  

Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.  

The Fulbright competition is administered at UT Austin through the Education Abroad unit of Texas Global. Dr. Sonia Seeman, associate professor in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, serves as the faculty committee chair and advisor. More information is available at Texas Global Fulbright or by emailing  

“We congratulate the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2021-2022 Fulbright Top-Producing Institutions. … These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States, and include Minority-Serving Institutions,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, deputy assistant secretary of state for academic programs in the U.S. Department of State ECA.  

The Fulbright Program was established more than 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 people from all backgrounds—recent university graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists and more—have participated.   

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide, partnering with participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in other countries and the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support.  

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which sponsors the Fulbright Program. Several nonprofit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the bureau’s behalf. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

Read the official press release at UT News.