GW Recognized as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The university placed among the top research institutions for generating Fulbright students, with a total of 12 students accepting the award in the 2019-2020 year.

February 10, 2020

The George Washington University has recently ranked among the top research institutions for the number of its students granted Fulbright awards, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s newly released list of “Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students.”

GW made the list for its 12 undergraduate and graduate students who won Fulbright awards for the 2019-2020 year. 

"We couldn't be more thrilled for these students. The Fulbright program provides all of them a chance to build upon their GW education and to forge lasting relationships with host countries,” said Paul Hoyt-O’Connor, director of GW’s Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. “I am also proud of the faculty and staff of GW for fostering their commitment to cross-cultural understanding and for equipping them to be global citizens. 

“Being named a Fulbright top-producing institution is to be celebrated, and we should all feel proud of their accomplishments.”

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and other professionals with funding for study and research abroad.

Ten undergraduate students accepted an award. Seven of them will teach English and three others will conduct research in countries including Indonesia, Cyprus and Moldova. 

Two graduate students also earned the award, according to the GW Office of Graduate Students Assistantships and Fellowships. They will teach in Croatia and Spain.

"Our recipients represent both Fulbright and GW's shared missions of cultural diversity and advancing mutual understanding worldwide,” said Eileen Lavelle, assistant director of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships. “I would additionally like to thank GW faculty and staff. Their constant support, engagement and encouragement assisted GW recipients on this road to success.” 

Two faculty members also received awards for lecturing and research, according to the Fulbright scholar directory.  

The recipients included:

English Teaching Assistantships

  • Augustin Chen, B.A. ‘18—Taiwan
  • Lauren Danielowski, B.A. ‘18—India 
  • Delaney Felker, B.A. ‘19—Brazil 
  • Katherine Flanagan, B.A. ‘18—Thailand 
  • Sarah Haque, B.A. '18—Malaysia
  • Tiana Morris, M.A. ‘19—Croatia 
  • Julia Scolapio B.A. '19—Ecuador 
  • Katie Tanenbaum, M.A. ‘19—Spain
  • Arcadia Tvralik, B.A. '17—Malaysia


  • Alyssia Dobrescu, B.A. ‘18—Diaspora politics: analyzing the political saliency of labor migrants in Moldova.
  • Chloe King, B.A. '19—The future of tourism: conservation strategies in Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia.
  • Nikolas Michael, B.A. ‘18—Climate change preparation as a bridge for cooperation between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus.

Faculty Lecturing/Research

  • Angela Ford, a visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development— Strengthening female undergraduate motivation and persistence research at Hawassa University in Ethiopia.
  • Guillermo Gutierrez, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences—Development of an intelligent monitor of mechanical ventilation in Belgium.