Western Washington University Named a Top Producer for Fulbright Scholars 2023-2024

Western recognized as the institution with the highest number of Fulbright U.S. scholars within its classification; four Fulbright U.S. Scholars and one Fulbright Student recognized at Western for the 2023-2024 academic year

Western Washington University has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with Western sitting atop the national list for Fulbright Scholars – faculty members receiving the prestigious fellowship to study and research abroad – with four fellowships awarded. Western was ranked as the top producer within its Master's granting classification.
“The Fulbright Scholar program is a highly impactful way for Western faculty to participate in international educational and cultural exchange. The opportunity to teach and conduct research in countries around the world enriches the professional and personal lives of our faculty and in turn helps create more meaningful global learning experiences for our students,” said Mark Greenberg, director of Faculty Global Engagement at Western. “I am thrilled that Western’s significant involvement with Fulbright has resulted in this prestigious award, and I am confident we will continue our active participation well into the future.” 

WWU’s Fulbright U.S. Scholars for 2023-2024 

  • Mark Bussell, Chemistry, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary 

  • Kristi Lemm, Psychology, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary 

  • Brian Bowe, Journalism, An-Najah National University, Palestinian Territories (West Bank) 

  • Jennifer Green, Education, Al-Balqa' Applied University, Jordan and Al-Quds University, Palestinian Territories (West Bank) 

In addition to the four Fulbright U.S. Scholars, Western's Lily Berver and Raven Klingele were awarded a student Fulbright fellowship and a Fulbright Austria fellowship, respectively.

Ryan Larsen, director of Western's Global Engagement Institute said, "The mission of the Fulbright program is to bring our students and scholars together with their peers around the world—to learn from each other, to better understand one another, and to break down barriers. Our faculty and students are showing us that education can bring people together across cultures and borders, and this recognition from Fulbright is testimony to the great work our faculty and students do here at Western and abroad."

For more information about Western’s participation in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, visit the WWU Institute for Global Engagement Fulbright page here: https://global.wwu.edu/fulbright.

Students can apply for Fulbright awards through Western's Fellowships Office. For more information, contact Tom Moore at 360-650-4074 or go to fellowships.wwu.edu. 

About the Fulbright Program

Fulbright is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is also among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 participants from all backgrounds and fields – including recent university graduates, teachers, scientists, researchers, artists, and others from the United States and over 160 other countries – have participated in the Fulbright Program. For more than 75 years, the mission of the Fulbright Program has been to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 
Fulbright alumni work to make a positive impact on their communities, sectors, and the world and include 41 heads of state or government, 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding.      

Media Contact

Jonathan Higgins, Director of WWU Communications, Western Washington University, Jonathan.Higgins@wwu.edu