Swarthmore is one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright scholars, with eight members of the class of 2013, as well as one from the class of 2012, receiving the honor this year. The nine total scholarships puts Swarthmore among the highest producers from "bachelor's institutions," as categorized by the Institute of International Education in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries" and encourages collaboration in developing ideas and addressing international concerns. Fellowships are awarded to American students, young professionals, and artists selected through a national, open, merit-based competition for study, research, internships, and/or service abroad. With a broad academic focus including the social sciences, humanities, and the sciences, the program emphasizes leadership development.
Information about the application and selection process for Fulbright scholarships is available through Swarthmore's Fellowships and Prizes office.