Harvard is a leading producer of Fulbright award winners for 2022-23. A total of 29 students and recent graduates were selected for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student program, with each offered a scholarship to teach or pursue independent research abroad.
Of those selected, 17 accepted their awards. Their destinations include everywhere from East Asia to Eastern Europe, their subjects everything from rice farming to the Soviet secret police.
The 2022-23 class of U.S. Fulbright Students from Harvard College are: Brandon Chen, Isabel Diersen, Ramzi Elased, Nidhi Patel, Alec Fischthal, Dianelis Lopez, John Schaefer, Joshua Stern, Oliver Sussman, and Sydney Vach.
U.S. Fulbright Students from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) include: Patrick Chimenti, Sophia Horowitz, Joshua Linkous, Sama Mammadova, Jewel Pereyra, William Sack, and Jeremy Woolsey.
Additionally, seven Harvard faculty, researchers, and administrators were selected for the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program. Those to accept include: Alejandro de la Fuente (Latin-American History and Economics, African and African American Studies and of History), Adam Singerman (Linguistics), Anita Wagner (Harvard Medical School), and Alexander Zahlten (East Asian Languages and Civilizations).
Interest in Fulbright scholarships is spiking, noted Gregory Llacer, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and Fulbright Program Advisor for Harvard College. “There was a bit of reluctance in the year after the pandemic for students to go back to thinking about navigating the world. It’s really gratifying to see applications coming back in greater numbers than ever.”
“Data suggest more and more students want to do something formative and substantive in the year before they undertake graduate school or other professional options,” Llacer added.
And the U.S. Government’s flagship educational exchange program fulfills that desire for meaning, according to Jeannette Miller, executive director of the GSAS Fellowships and Writing Center and Fulbright Program Advisor for GSAS. “Because it’s so much more than a dissertation or research fellowship. It’s also about immersing oneself in the surrounding community.”
Launched in 1946, Fulbright gives Americans the ability to teach or conduct research abroad, while inviting citizens of other countries to do the same in the U.S. More than 400,000 participants have received Fulbright scholarships since the program’s inception. Approximately 9,000 merit-based awards are awarded annually in the U.S. and more than 160 countries. Grantees this academic year include about 2,000 U.S. Students and 900 U.S. Scholars.