St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College is one of this year’s top Fulbright producing campuses for both U.S. students and scholars, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Macalester was among only 14 institutions in the country with the highest number of both students and faculty to receive U.S. Fulbright grants within the college’s Carnegie Classification – an exceptional achievement.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for classifying colleges and universities in the United States. The framework primarily serves educational and research purposes, where it is often important to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Six Macalester seniors and one alumna received Fulbrights in 2015.

Two Macalester professors also received Fulbrights in 2015.

Geography professor Eric Carter taught a graduate-level course for three months on “Health, Society, and Environment” and started research for a new book project on Latin American social medicine at the Advanced Social Studies Institute at the National University of Tucumán, in Northwest Argentina.

International Studies professor Nadya Nedelsky spent September – December 2015 in Germany studying German reaction to immigration.  She worked at Humboldt University’s Department of Diversity and Social Conflict in Berlin.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its beginnings in 1946, more than 360,000 Fulbright Awards winners have participated in the program.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Learn more about the Fulbright Program.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,138 students.  Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.  Learn more at

February 22 2016

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