U-M named national leader in Fulbright, Sloan awards
Michigan faculty and students topped the lists for two prestigious academic awards during the 2016–2017 academic year.
For the 12th year in a row, U-M students earned the most Fulbright grants among their public school counterparts in the research institution category. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program — sponsored by the U.S. Department of State — provides grants to support individually designed study/research projects or English teaching assistant assignments. During the grant period, scholars meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences over the course of six months to a year. Projects this year ranged from studying the relationships of Bengali women in India to examining piracy between Spanish and British America in Jamaica.
Fulbrights were also awarded to nine U-M faculty members with research interests that included investigating doctor communication about cancer in China and studying the environment of St. Lucia Lake in South Africa.
U-M also finished first on the the list of recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The university received seven honors for fellowships among 126 total recipients — the most in school history and enough to share first place overall with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The fellowships, granted yearly since 1955, honor early-career scholars “whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.” Awardees receive a $60,000 stipend to be used as they wish to further their research.