The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.
How We Work
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
"Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations."
- J. William Fulbright, 1983
The Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
More than 360,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception more than sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually.
Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
- How would you describe a typical "Fulbrighter"?
- What is the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)?
- How many countries participate in the Fulbright Program?
- Where may I find a directory of Fulbright students and scholars?
- Who sponsors the Fulbright Program?
- Is it appropriate for Fulbright Student Program participants to refer to themselves as "Fulbright scholars"? Do you have preferred terminology when referring to Fulbright participants?
- How many Fulbright Program grants are awarded annually?
- What is the difference between Fulbright "students" and Fulbright "scholars" in the Fulbright Program?
- What are binational Fulbright Commissions?