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Fulbright program awards record number of scholarships to Stanford students, alums

A record number of Stanford students and alumni — 28 — have accepted Fulbright scholarships and will be pursuing special projects in the 2009-10 academic year in countries around the world, the Bechtel International Center recently announced.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

The Stanford students and alums will travel to more to more than two dozen countries, including Armenia and Azerbaijan, Chile and Canada, Morocco and Moldova, and Ukraine and Uganda.

Their proposals are varied—wind-power incentive policies in the Netherlands, simian malaria in Malaysia, the wild-animal meat trade in Cameroon, emergency first aid in South Africa, and the histories and future plans of Iraqi youth living in exile in Jordan.

One alumna will develop a collection of poems in India. Another will produce a detailed, multi-layered, historical digital map of Rio de Janeiro in 1908. 

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other countries. The program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Approximately 1,500 American students and 3,000 international students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

Note: This story originally said that 27 students and alumni had accepted Fulbright scholarships. It was changed on Jan. 27, 2010, after the Bechtel International Center added a 28th name to the list, alumna Silvia Loica-Mersa.