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These Schools Were Just Named ‘Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders’ By The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) named 19 institutions of higher education as Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leaders for 2023.

Over the last 76 years, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research in the United States or in one of over 160 partner countries worldwide. Fulbright students and scholars are from or hosted by more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States, and thousands more campuses in over 160 countries. 

The HBCU Institutional Leader status recognizes engagement across the Fulbright Program, including the hosting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at HBCUs, Scholars-in-Residence, and other Fulbright Students or Scholars as well as having U.S. students, faculty and staff receive Fulbrights to study, teach or conduct research abroad. 

The 19 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders for 2023 include:

  • Alcorn State University  – Mississippi
  • Bennett College – North Carolina
  • Bluefield State University – West Virginia
  • Central State University – Ohio
  • Delaware State University – Delaware
  • Fayetteville State University – North Carolina
  • Florida A&M University – Florida
  • Howard University – Washington, D.C.
  • Jackson State University – Mississippi
  • Jarvis Christian University – Texas
  • The LeMoyne-Owen College – Tennessee
  • Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania
  • Mississippi Valley State University – Mississippi
  • Morgan State University – Maryland
  • North Carolina Central University – North Carolina
  • Spelman College – Georgia
  • Texas Southern University – Texas
  • Tuskegee University – Alabama
  • Virginia State University – Virginia

ECA established the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders Initiative to recognize and commend the strong partnership between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs and to encourage all HBCUs to increase their engagement with Fulbright to help their students, faculty and staff to study, teach or conduct research abroad and access valuable international experiences and perspectives.

Fulbright visiting students and scholars contribute to HBCUs’ international networks and create long-term collaborations. Faculty members who have Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards return from their grant experiences and enrich their HBCU’s campus culture, students and curriculum, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides recent alumni and graduate students with opportunities to gain valuable international perspectives and experiences.

Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison, J.D.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that our faculty and students can pursue international collaboration and enrichment experiences which they bring back to campus for the benefit of our whole community,” Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison, J.D. stated about his HBCU which was named as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader this year. “This is yet another layer of academic excellence that helps prepare our students for global citizenship, and we are thrilled to contribute to global conversations this way.”

Learn more about the Fulbright Program at, including information about applying as well as Fulbright’s efforts to further DEIA within the program. If you are interested in finding out what it is like to do a Fulbright as a member of the HBCU community check out these stories from Dr. Kendra L. Mitchell from Florida A&M University who did a Fulbright in South Africa and Hunter Mack from Virginia State University who did a Fulbright in the Czech Republic.

Dr. Kendra Mitchell conducting a literacy project while she was a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistant in South Africa, where she was a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus. Dr. Mitchell is now director of composition and assistant professor of English at FAMU, where she also serves as the Fulbright Program Adviser, helping students learn about and apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) was recognized as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader for the fourth year in a row. “This recognition is an appreciation of the commitment by FAMU’s faculty and students to engage locally, nationally, and globally for research and scholarship,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “We always remind our students they can get anywhere from FAMU. The Fulbright program is one of the most prestigious ways to do so.”

On November 6, the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual workshop which will feature representatives from Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders who will share how they engage with all of Fulbright’s suite of programs to support students and faculty, host international Fulbrighters, and increase their campus’ global network. This event is open to the public and is specifically designed for faculty, staff, and stakeholders at HBCUs.

We at Watch The Yard would like to congratulate these 19 HBCUs on getting named Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders for 2023.

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