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Fulbright Impact

Learn about the significant and lasting impact of Fulbright Programs in both U.S. and international communities.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has continued to be agile and innovative in its approaches to fostering mutual understanding and people-to-people connections. In the 21st century, Fulbrighters address critical priorities in all world areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States and the world. The program has prepared participants to address the major global challenges of our time, from energy sustainability and economic development to public health and food security.

The Fulbright Program also has a significant and lasting local impact. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, or classrooms, Fulbrighters share their stories and experiences and often engage in follow-on projects or continue the work they started abroad. This engagement creates a multiplier effect that leads to lifelong collaborations between communities.

Fulbright Grantees and Institutions

The Fulbright Program awards more than 3,000 competitive, merit-based grants annually to students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists, and professionals from across the United States. Fulbrighters hail from hundreds of U.S. institutions of all types and sizes; they study, teach and research in almost 100 different academic and professional fields; and they exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in more than 140 countries.

Impact Data

For information on past grantees, please visit our Fulbright partner organization sites:

Historical data on Fulbright grantee numbers by region and country is also available in the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Annual Reports.

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges Impact

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Fulbright Teacher Exchanges provide opportunities for elementary and secondary educators, in the U.S. and around the world, to share educational practices and bring global skills and perspectives to their schools. Educators are uniquely positioned to multiply the impact of their programs many times over in their schools and communities, to forge lasting connections with their host communities, and to prepare their students to be future leaders, equipped to work with others around the world to address global challenges.


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