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Indiana University named top producer for Fulbright U.S. Student Program

For Immediate Release Feb 20, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the fourth year in a row, Indiana University has been named a top producer for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Fulbright recipients pose on the steps at the Indiana Memorial Union
From left, Greer Brown, Madeline Danforth and Adam Smith received Fulbright awards for academic year 2018-19.Photo courtesy of the IU Office of National Scholarships and Awards

Ten IU Bloomington students and one IU Southeast student received Fulbright awards for academic year 2018-19. The lists of top-producing institutions appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“We are extremely proud of these outstanding students who will serve as international ambassadors for Indiana University and the state through the prestigious Fulbright program,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “The strong representation of IU among the recipients of Fulbright awards, one of the U.S. government’s top international educational exchange programs, is a testament to our unwavering commitment to global engagement and the quality of our student body, faculty and academic programs.”

Naomi Kellogg spent her time at IU researching barriers to post-secondary education in the United States. The students she interviewed most frequently cited cost as the biggest barrier. Now on a Fulbright in Norway, she’s studying difficulties that are unrelated to a student’s ability to pay for tuition, since Norway boasts a fully funded tertiary education system.

“This has been the experience of a lifetime,” Kellogg said. “The support staff at the Fulbright Norway Foundation is outstanding, and my host city, Trondheim, has a college-town vibe that is somewhat similar to Bloomington. I’m grateful to have attended Indiana University, as each day as an IU student prepared me to be a global citizen, thorough researcher and inspired scholar.”

Kellogg and six other recipients from IU are participating in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, which places recent graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.

Naomi Kellogg speaks at the Nobel Institute in Norway
Naomi Kellogg speaks at the Nobel Institute while on a Fulbright in Oslo, Norway.Photo courtesy of Naomi Kellogg

“The areas represented by IU’s 2019 Fulbright Scholars express the diversity of possibilities that stem from an IU degree – from community health to ethnomusicology to microbiology,” said Lauren Robel, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president. “These 10 IU Bloomington students prove the cross-cultural value of a global liberal arts education, and we are delighted to have them representing IU as they move forward into this exciting new chapter of their educational careers.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant should contact their respective adviser: Paul Fogleman,, advises IU Bloomington undergraduates; and Duke Gatsos,, advises IU Bloomington graduate students. Students on other IU campuses can search for their adviser on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.

Below is a list of IU’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant recipients, including their major(s), hometown, host country and type of Fulbright award:

IU Bloomington

  • Greer Brown: Recreational therapy; Valparaiso, Indiana; Germany; English teaching assistantship.
  • Hayley Bunch: Community health; Naperville, Illinois; Brazil; English teaching assistantship.
  • Anna Cabe: Creative writing; Collierville, Tennessee; Philippines; research.
  • Madeline Danforth: Microbiology; Indianapolis; Mexico; English teaching assistantship.
  • Parker Henry: International studies; Mason, Ohio; Czech Republic; English teaching assistantship.
  • Christopher Johnson: Ethnomusicology; Richboro, Pennsylvania; India; research.
  • Naomi Kellogg: Public and nonprofit management; Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Norway; English teaching assistantship.
  • Caroline Oates: Spanish and American Studies; West Lafayette, Indiana; Brazil; English teaching assistantship.
  • Jeremy Reed: Ethnomusicology; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jordan; research.
  • Adam Smith: English; Wabash, Indiana; France; English teaching assistantship.

IU Southeast

  • Van Knopf: History; Eastwood, Kentucky; Germany; English teaching assistantship.

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