Record 23 UNC-Chapel Hill students awarded Fulbrights for Global Research and Teaching

The students' Fulbright experiences will range from teaching English in South Korea to conducting research on depression screening in Malawi.

The University seal affixed to a stone pillar at the Cameron Avenue entrance
Fall scene of the seal of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill affixed to a stone pillar at the Cameron Avenue entrance. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Twenty three students and recent graduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected to receive the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2019-2020 academic year, the highest number of recipients from UNC-Chapel Hill in one year.

The UNC-Chapel Hill recipients are among more than 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research or teach abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients are selected by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

This flagship international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright is administered nationally by the Institute of International Education and through the  Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and international communities, operating in more than 160 countries.

“It is immensely rewarding to work with such a diverse and talented pool of students who have exhibited a great deal of humility, curiosity and a commitment to public service,” said Iyman Ahmed, Fulbright program adviser at the Center for Global Initiatives.

Award recipients address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.

This year’s Fulbright recipients represent a diverse array of fields at Carolina, including archeology, chemistry, environmental studies and public administration.

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