A track record of winning Fulbright Scholarships is a common metric of academic excellence and indicates the best opportunities for undergraduate research(1)
. On average, the top 10 doctoral institutions produced 29.9 Fulbright Students
in 2019-20 while the top 10 small liberal arts colleges produced 13.7 students. Despite their small size, small liberal arts colleges had an acceptance rate of 39.80% compared to doctoral programs’ 27.49%. Both groups, however, produced scholars at a much higher rate than the national average thus demonstrating their excellence and focus on undergraduate research preparation.
2019-2020 Map of Fulbright Recipients:
Hover the Markers ↑ to see the Institution name.
Along with Fulbright Scholarships, access to funding and historical emphasis on undergraduate research are important metrics in determining the strength of a research institution. For example, Bowdoin College offers between $800 and 2,000 per student via grants
whereas Bates College offers up to $300 per student
per grant. Larger doctoral institutions have much larger budgets, with Harvard boasting $937 million
for research and development in 2019, but this funding must be shared across faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.
Table 1 (Data)
Top Fullbright-Student Producing Doctoral and Baccalaureate · Institutions (2019-2020):
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
(1) The US Fulbright Scholarship is a government-sponsored research program that sends US students and scholars abroad to live, work, and engage with people of their research’s host country. It is a highly competitive program, with most reports estimating an award rate of 20%, and selection indicates an impressive background in research, thus reflecting highly on a students’ college or university.
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