UO recognized as a top producer of US Fulbright scholars

Six UO faculty members were selected for Fulbright Scholars awards, helping the University of Oregon earn recognition as a top Fulbright producing institution from the U.S. Department of State the 2022-23 academic year.

Four of the six Fulbright Scholar recipients have accepted placements for the 2022-23 academic year: 

  • Allen Malony, professor, computer science, University of Helsinki in Finland 
  • Jean Kjellstrand, assistant professor, family and human services, University of Helsinki in Finland 
  • Julie Weise, associate professor, history, Universite d'Aix-Marseille II in France 
  • Daniel Wojcik, professor, English and religious studies, University of Szeged in Hungary 

Two other faculty members were offered fellowships but were unable to accept them at this time.

"We are incredibly proud of our six outstanding Fulbright scholars,” said Patrick Phillips, interim UO president and professor of biology. “Being recognized as a top-producing Fulbright scholars institution demonstrates our commitment to broad global engagement. This award is a testament to our world-class faculty and scholars, and to the University of Oregon’s role as a public research university with a worldwide impact.” 

The University of Oregon has a long history with the Fulbright program, supported by the Division of Global Engagement. Since 1950, the UO has produced 313 Fulbright scholars and 281 Fulbright students, while accepting 193 Fulbright visiting scholars and 109 visiting Fulbright students. 

“We are proud to be a top Fulbright scholars producing institution,” said Dennis Galvan, dean and vice provost for global engagement. “This achievement shows the deep commitment to global engagement from every UO school and college. Our faculty research major global challenges and bring international insights back into our labs and classrooms.”   

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It is also among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 participants from all backgrounds and fields — including recent university graduates, teachers, scientists, researchers, artists and others from the United States and more than 160 other countries ˜ have participated in the Fulbright Program.

Fulbright alumni have returned to their home countries to contribute to their communities thanks to an expanded worldview, appreciation for their host country and its people, and a larger network of colleagues and friends.  

Students and scholars interested in applying for the 2024-25 application cycle can connect with a Fulbright adviser by submitting the Fulbright interest form. Applications for the Fulbright scholar program are due Sept. 15. For more information about the Fulbright program at the UO, visit the Fulbright website.  

—By Spencer Smith, University Communications