Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program.” – Senator J. William Fulbright
THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM
The Fulbright Program was founded in 1945 and it supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide. It is an effective and prestigious form of public diplomacy.
From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which other countries and governments work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the Program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The Fulbright Program has provided more than 286,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.
Since the establishment of the Program, more than 46,000 students from the United States and 150,000 students from other countries have benefited from the Fulbright experience.
A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants’ insight into U.S. society and values.
Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service.
More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.
Post Doctoral Opportunities – The Fulbright Scholar Program, administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars – offers fellowships to U.S. and Foreign Scholars to lecture and/or conduct research abroad.