Permanent Increase in Funding for U.S.-France Fulbright Program

April 26, 2018


FY-15 Fulbright ETA Abby Dennison with Lycée Edmond Rostand Students
And our education and cultural exchange programs serve as a foundation for fostering the deep people-to-people ties that bind the United States and France so closely. We are proud that the hallmark educational program between our two countries, the U.S.-France Fulbright, is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The program just celebrated 70 years of engagement and has provided 20,000 American and French students with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each other’s country. Of course, we know that our partnership is not just about the past; it’s about the future. We look forward to working with President Macron to address the global challenges that lie ahead.– Acting Secretary of State Sullivan at State Luncheon Remarks

The United States and France are marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-France Fulbright Program this year with a permanent increase in funding for the program, underscoring the diplomatic importance of this international academic exchange between the two countries.

The Fulbright Program supports the exchange of U.S. and French students, scholars, higher education administrators, teachers, and researchers. The program serves as a foundation for strong relationships between our higher education communities and future leaders.

Recognizing joint priorities, this increase in funding constitutes additional support for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and support for additional U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs). Fulbright ETAs in France are placed in secondary schools that have been identified as priority education areas with high levels of minority and immigrant populations.