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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Seven University of Alabama alumni and graduate students have won Fulbright awards for 2016–17. This follows a record year in 2015–16 when UA students and alumni received 14 Fulbrights.

The highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English-teaching assistantships. More than 11,000 applicants compete for approximately 1,500 awards each year. The programis the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunity for students, scholars and professionals. Its sponsor is the U.S. State Department, Dr. Teresa E. Wise, associate provost for International Education and Global Outreach, congratulated this year’s winners. “Globally focused academic opportunities and study abroad experiences (like Fulbright) help them develop into world citizens who foster international understanding,” she said.

The program allows participants to teach, undertake international graduate study, and conduct advanced research in more than 150 countries. Recipients of Fulbright scholarships receive funding for one academic year.

“We celebrate the achievement of these outstanding students,” said Dr. Beverly Hawk, UA Fulbright program adviser and director of global and community engagement in the Center for Community-Based Partnerships. “Through their individual community engagement activities, these graduates will contribute to mutual understanding across the world and bring home memories that will last a lifetime.”

Potential applicants for next year’s Fulbright competition can learn more
by visiting the Capstone International Center, 135 B.B. Comer Hall, and

2016 Fulbright Winners will serve in Poland, Germany, Spain, Russia, South Korea, and Zambia.