Originally published in UW Today

The University of Washington is among the top producers of Fulbright scholars and students for 2016-17, according to lists released Sunday by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Fulbright Program, operated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Twenty-one UW undergraduate and graduate students received a Fulbright award and seven scholars from the UW were awarded Fulbright grants for 2016-17 — up from 10 students and five scholars for the previous academic year.

This year’s UW Fulbright awardees are studying all over the world, including in Mexico, Lithuania, Peru, Canada, Nepal, Russia and Israel.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Visit this page for more information about the Fulbright Program.

Jessica Northridge, MPH in Global Health, is a 2016-2017 Fulbright grantee and will look at access to preventive care for cervical cancer among indigenous women in Pucallpa, Peru.