70th Anniversary of the US-UK Fulbright Program

September 14, 2018

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, the United States is pleased to announce a new Fulbright public-private partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission. This new partnership will support a Fulbright award for scholars in the area of human health and well-being.

We also warmly welcome the UK’s announcement of an increase from £600,000 to £1,000,000 to Fulbright. This is more than a $500,000 increase, and provides near parity of contributions to the program from our two governments. The education community and private sector in both the U.S. and UK also provide significant support for American and British Fulbright grantees.

This bilateral support is a testament to the record of achievements by U.S.-UK Fulbright alumni over the past 70 years. Alumni include 13 American and British Nobel Laureates, three members of the U.S. Congress, nine members of Parliament, six MacArthur Fellows, 22 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many other leaders in the arts, education, diplomacy, journalism, science, and business. One example is American actor John Lithgow, a Fulbright alumnus who won an Emmy last year for playing Winston Churchill in “The Crown.”

We look forward to the continued success of the U.S.-UK Fulbright relationship in the years to come.

The Fulbright Program is the premiere U.S. academic exchange program with students and scholars participating from 160 countries. For more visit: fulbright.state.gov.