CalArts Earns Top Producing Institution Designation from Fulbright Programs

CalArts is among the 2019-2020 Top Producing Institutions for both the Fulbright U.S. Student and U.S. Scholar programs. | Image: Courtesy of the Fulbright Program

On Monday (Feb. 10), the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced its list of higher education institutions that produced the highest numbers of Fulbright US scholars (for faculty, artists, and professionals) and US students. And CalArts was one of only 19 schools across the country—and one of two special-focus institutions—that were top producers of both Fulbright scholars and students in 2019-20. (The other institution was the University of California at San Francisco.)

Sean Hayward (Music MFA 15, DMA 19) was awarded a Fulbright award for 2019-2020, and is currently in Indonesia working alongside local artists to research and develop a further understanding of “calung Banyumas,” a southwestern Central Javanese ensemble style. He has also been creating and performing new ensemble works while helping to increase the visibility of Javanese music around the world.

CalArts Provost Tracie Costantino noted that 66 percent of student and faculty applicants are moving on to the semi-finals for awards this year. “As a Top Producing institution, Fulbright awards allow CalArtians to be cultural ambassadors on an international scale–developing innovative projects and connecting with artists and scholars in in host countries. Opportunities for international exchange are essential for our students and faculty as we seek to develop crosscultural understanding as an integral part of the CalArts education,” she said.

“The Fulbright program brings CalArts into a cultural dialog on the world stage.”

At CalArts, the Fulbright competition is administered at through Bailey Cool in the Patty Disney Center for Life and Work, which is located within the Office of Student Experience. To learn more about the Fulbright Program at CalArts, upcoming information sessions will be held in G210 from 12-1 pm on:

  • Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The Fulbright Program is the American government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It began in 1946 in order to foster mutual undestanding between the US and other countries. Every year, more than 2,200 US students and more than 900 US college and university faculty and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants.

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