Bates College has been recognized for the dual achievement as a Top Producer of both Fulbright Student and Fulbright Scholar awards for 2022–23.

The announcement was made today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This is the first year Bates has been named a Top Producer of both Student and Scholar awards, joining just four other U.S. undergraduate institutions in achieving the dual honor: Kenyon, Lafayette, and Oberlin colleges and the University of Richmond.

Bates has been named a Top Producer of Fulbright Student Awards for 12 straight years.

“The dual designation this year is great indicator of just how collaborative scholarship is in our community.”

Director of National Fellowships Robert Strong

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program for accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects around the world.

“The Top Producer designation is always rewarding moment in our year because it is a simple reminder that our students and faculty are working hard to build intercultural understanding and grow knowledge,” said Robert Strong, lecturer in English and director of national fellowships.

“The dual designation this year is a great indicator of just how collaborative scholarship is in our community: Students and alumni applicants have been mentored by faculty, and the faculty Fulbrighters draw inspiration from their work with students.”

Bates earned its Fulbright Student Top Producer honors with 12 awards to young alumni for teaching and research placements in 2022–23 in Andorra, Argentina, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan.

In the Fulbright Scholar program, Bates earned Top Producer honors with three awards to faculty members who are now researching and teaching abroad.

Professor of Politics Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir is in Iceland, studying the country’s recent history of shifting policy priorities within the Arctic. Senior lecturer and director of secondary teacher education Anita Charles is bringing her teaching expertise to an Indian university. Professor of Psychology Amy Bradfield Douglass is in Japan comparing potential differences in how eyewitnesses from Asian cultures and Westerners recall what they see.

In announcing the Fulbright honors, Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, said, “ Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators, and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters — changemakers, as I like to say — will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities, and around the world.”

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