Published June 21, 2021
One current student and two UB alumni and have won Fulbright awards, the prestigious national competition for grants to study, research and teach abroad in 2021-22.
The three winners — joined by two UB alternates — were especially notable this year because of the disruption to the program from the pandemic. Their selection continued UB’s efforts and aspirations of becoming one of the country’s top-producing universities of Fulbright winners, according to Patrick McDevitt, associate professor of history and Fulbright faculty adviser.
“This application cycle was truly unprecedented due to the pandemic,” McDevitt says. “The ’19-’20 grantees were recalled early. The ’20-’21 grantees were forced to pursue either modified and delayed programs or had their grants completely deferred.
“Our traditional recruiting practices were severely disrupted. Nonetheless, we put forward 17 applications, and eight were shortlisted as finalists. In addition to the three ’21-’22 grantees, two more were named as alternates.”
This year’s UB Fulbright winners:
The Fulbright Awards are among the most prestigious scholarships available to American students. More than 400,000 individuals from the U.S. and other countries have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.
“Each year, nearly 1,600 students go abroad as part of the program,” says McDevitt, “and I would guess that the experience is literally life-changing for all of them.
“UB is thrilled for Courteau, Tuttle and Lyons” he adds. “All were very strong candidates, and we are confident they will be great successes during their upcoming Fulbright terms.”
The two alternates for this year are: