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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named a top producer of Fulbright students for the sixth consecutive year, ranking second among SEC schools. Thirteen students and recent graduates received awards for the 2023-24 academic year.

Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education published the list on Feb. 13.

“It is an incredible honor to be named a top producer of Fulbright students again this year,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick. “This designation represents UT’s commitment to global engagement and academic excellence. We are rightfully proud of the Volunteers who explore, connect and share ideas around the globe.”

The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 to expand perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. The program provides awards to approximately 8,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals each year from the United States and 160 other countries. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 participants the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

At UT, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships helps guide students through the application process through advising, application essay writing workshops and interview preparation. The university submitted 44 candidates for the 2024-25 competition, and 31 of them have been named national semifinalists by Fulbright screening committees. Final award selections will be made in April.

Visit UT’s Fulbright web page to learn more about the campus application process.


Maggie Palmer (865-974-3993,