The Fulbright Program
A fellowship program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by
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Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Most fellowships are for one academic year of study or research.
Applicants from the U.S. and abroad are considered based on the strength of their academic careers and leadership potential. Several programs are available for students at different levels of education.
Fellowship grants cover the cost of transportation, living expenses, and tuition, if applicable.
Web Site: www.iie.org/fulbright
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Registration / Application
Approximately one in four applicants is accepted. Seel the IIE Fulbright web site for more information.
History: Established in 1946.
Advisors sent on field projects: 987 in 2000.
The Fulbright Program currently has projects in 62 countries in 8 Regions (Africa: 28, Asia: 3, Australia-Oceania: 2, Central America: 5, Caribbean: 3, Middle East: 7, South America: 12, Southeast Asia: 2)
The Fulbright Program, recognized as the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” The program would provide grantees and their hosts the opportunity to better comprehend the institutions, cultures and societies of other parts of the world. J. William Fulbright’s vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.