The Fulbright Program promotes educational exchanges, primarly for university faculty and students, that involve lecturing, research and graduate study. The Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,00 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad.
The program is administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a private foundation. Fulbright programs receive approximately $120 million in Congressional appropriations. In addition, a number of participating governments contribute an additional amount of around $30 million. CIES is assisted in its activities by binational commissions or the Public Affairs Section of the US embassy in individual countries.
Initially, the Fulbright Program entailed only the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards. In recent years, the number of different award programs has expanded to meet a variety of academic exchange needs. For detailed information on the awards check the CIES website: http://www.cies.org/.
Fulbright Scholar grantees come from all parts of the American academic and professional landscape—
community colleges, liberal arts colleges, minority serving institutions, large research universities, private
industry, not-for-profits and government agencies. Approximately 500 institutions are represented in each
year’s competition. Grantees are drawn from every state in the Union, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands. Fulbrighters are teachers, administrators, lawyers, business people, artists,
photographers, and independent scholars.
The majority of Fulbright grantees are new to the program. In fact, more than 85 percent of grantees received
their first Fulbright award each competition.
The reasons for applying for a Fulbright grant are as varied as our applicant pool. You may want your
family to experience living abroad. You may be interested in sharing your academic expertise in a
classroom overseas, or want to conduct research in an archive or work with your colleagues abroad.
You may be interested in the development of foreign educational systems, administration and curricula
development. Or, you may be planning to globalize your institution and want to create new linkages
between your home campus and a foreign institution.
Whatever your reasons, as a Fulbright grantee you will refresh your thinking, and learn about a discipline
in a context other than that of the United States.
See Fulbright through the eyes of its scholars and alumni.
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