"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program."
Senator J. William Fulbright
In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sale of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for both students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools around the world. It is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program. It enables U.S. students and artists to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world. It enables U.S. citizens to gain international competence in an interdependent world.
The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,100 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. For comprehensive information on grant opportunities in a specific country, please visit the participating countries' pages on the Fulbright website.
Grants for Students
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes an English Teaching Assistant component.
- The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program provides opportunities for young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture and society, all while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.
- Fulbright recipients benefit from connection to life-long community of 'Fulbrighters'. The Fulbright Association is a private, non-profit membership organization of Fulbright alumni and friends.
- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is the principal administrator of the Fulbright Program worldwide along with assistance from the Institute of International Education (IIE).