University of Florida is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The University of Florida is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Five UF’s scholars were awarded Fulbright awards for 2020-2021, ranking the University of Florida 7th (shared place), more than any other university in the nation of its type.

UF’s 2020-2021 U.S. Fulbright Scholar awardees, their respective fields and the country in which they will carry out their Fulbright duties are:

  • Coray Colina (Department of Chemistry), Mexico
  • Jillian Hernandez, awarded a Specilist Fulbright Award (Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research, Latin America
  • Jiri Hulcr (UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation), Czechia (former Czech Republic
  • Andrea Lucky (UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department), Czechia
  • Lawrence Page (Florida Museum of Natural History), Thailand

“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Mary Kirk, Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “In supporting their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards, these institutions benefit from new viewpoints from abroad and new international collaborations, which often lead to discoveries and breakthroughs that have a global impact. Fulbright U.S. Scholars benefit professionally throughout their career by expanding the scope and reach of their research, bringing a global perspective to their teaching, and receiving the professional recognition that comes with being named a Fulbright Scholar.”

This year, the International Center is pleased to host Fulbright Awareness Week (FAW) from March 1-5, 2021. In collaboration with the UF Fulbright Lectures Committee, UF Honors, the Graduate School, College of Arts, UF IFAS, College of Education, Levin College of Law, Career Connections Center, and the North Florida Fulbright Alumni Association, multiple informational sessions for scholars, faculty and staff will provide opportunities to learn about Fulbright, the application process, and to hear about the experiences of past Fulbright scholars and students. For information on FAW and to register for events, please visit

“Despite the changes brought about by the pandemic, the Fulbright mission remains the same and the International Center continues to support faculty and staff interested in exploring international exchange and collaborations through Fulbright”, said Dr. Leonardo Villalón, Dean of the International Center. “We feel honored to be a part of Fulbright’s 75 Anniversary Celebration.” 

The principal purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase a mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of more than 150 countries that participate in the program. They aim to establish open communication and cooperative relationships by enriching the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

Mabel Cardec March 2, 2021