The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) administers the Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). with the assistance of binational commissions and foundations in 49 countries, U.S. embassies in more than 100 other countries and cooperating agencies in the United States.
In the United States, ECA is assisted by several private U.S. organizations in the implementation of the Fulbright Program in the U.S. and abroad.
Fulbright partner organizations, also called "cooperating agencies," fill many roles. They receive and analyze submitted applications to the program. They bring qualified experts to evaluate credentials. And, they make recommendations to the FSB regarding the final selection of Fulbright awards.
In consultation with ECA, cooperating agencies are also responsible in the United States for the issuance of public announcements concerning the Fulbright Program and available grants, as well as for providing U.S. grantees with background information on their specific assignments.
During the Fulbright grant, cooperating agencies help to prepare reports in order to provide data for counseling and guidance of grantees as well as for the planning and evaluation of programs.