Fulbright 2023 Year in Review 

Fulbrighters are students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds from the U.S. and over 160 countries across the globe. In 2023, they achieved distinction in their fields, made contributions to science and culture, and built and enriched local, regional, and global communities one connection at a time.

Join us in celebrating how Fulbrighters addressed global challenges, championed arts and culture, inspired others through teaching and public service, advanced diversity and inclusion, and celebrated important milestones and achievements.


Two Fulbrighters received MacArthur “Genius Grants”

With Linsey Marr, Fulbrighter to Taiwan, and Amber Wutich, Fulbrighter to Bolivia, a total of 80 Fulbrighters have been named as MacArthur Fellows. Learn more.

Headshots of Linsey Marr and Amber Wutich

Group of Fulbright Amazonia Scholars

Fulbright Amazonia scholars set out to address challenges in the Amazon Basin

A partnership with Fulbright Brazil, Fulbright Amazonia is an international, multi-disciplinary collaboration of scholars from seven countries. Learn more.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative promoted community-based policy solutions to shared Arctic challenges

Scholars from the eight Arctic nations engaged policymakers and the public on creating a secure and sustainable Arctic during Fulbright Arctic Week, capping off two years of work in Arctic security, infrastructure, and health. Learn more.

Fulbrighter presenting poster to group of people at museum

Five Fulbright-National Geographic Awardees began their exploration of global challenges

Headshots of 5 Fulbright Nat Geo Fellows

Participants traveled to Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, and South Korea with additional support from the National Geographic Society to share stories that illuminate global challenges. Learn more.


The Guggenheim Foundation recognized 14 Fulbrighters for their contributions to scholarship and the arts

Headshots of 14 Fulbrighters who were recognized by Guggenheim Foundation

Fulbrighters to Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam, and one Fulbrighter from Canada were recognized as musicians, artists, writers, and scholars. Learn more.

Renée Fleming was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, and won her fifth Grammy

The acclaimed operatic soprano, a Fulbrighter to Germany, was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree and won the 2023 Grammy for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Learn more.

Renée Fleming on stage singing

Ruth Simmons standing at podium delivering annual Jefferson lecture

Ruth Simmons delivered the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture

The former university president, scholar, and Fulbrighter to France delivered the annual lecture, which is the highest honor the U.S. Government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Learn more.

Cancy Chu and Lais Feltrin Sidou standing in lab

In partnership with the National Archives, Fulbrighters are working to safeguard cultural heritage  

Cancy Chu, a Fulbrighter from Australia, completed the first Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship. Lais Feltrin Sidou, from Brazil, began her tenure in the unique partnership between the National Archives Records Administration and Fulbright.  Learn more.


Fulbrighters achieved leadership positions in government 

Headshot of Yoko Kamikawa

Yoko Kamikawa was appointed Japan's Foreign Minister 

Headshot of Alexandra Papadopoulou

Alexandra Papadopoulou was appointed Greece's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Fulbrighters were appointed leaders at U.S. higher education institutions

Headshot of Mildred Garcia

Mildred Garcia (Fulbrighter to France, Jordan, and Oman) was named Chancellor of the California State University System

Ben Vinson headshot

Ben Vinson III (Fulbrighter to Mexico) was named President of Howard University

Headshot of Charles Sasaki

Charles Sasaki (Fulbrighter to Germany, Russia, and Taiwan) was named President/Superintendent of Ohlone College

Headshot of Joan Gabel

Joan Gabel (Fulbrighter to India) was named Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

Group of Fulbrighters together in Accra

Fulbrighters from West Africa held a conference in Ghana on innovation in education

Educators from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal gathered in Accra, Ghana for a first-of-its-kind conference for alumni of Fulbright Teacher Exchanges. Learn more.  

Fulbrighters volunteered in communities across the United States 

Fulbright Foreign Students assisted NGOs in Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. on projects supporting environmental sustainability, contributing to public health, and combatting food insecurity. 

Fulbrighter holding plastic bucket of chopped up vegetables


Group of Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors sitting together

Alumni Ambassadors promoted the program by sharing their diverse experiences

Learn more about Student and Scholar Alumni Ambassadors.

Fulbrighters advanced equity and inclusion in the program through affinity groups

Alumni-led organizations, such as Fulbridge, Fulbright Access, Fulbright Families, Fulbright LatinX, Fulbright Lotus, Fulbright Noir, and Fulbright Prism provided supportive communities for a diverse range of Fulbright alumni, applicants and participants. 

Fulbrigter at conference booth for Fulbright LatinX

Fulbrighters and other stakeholders at community colleges discussed strategies for strengthening engagement on their campuses at a community college workshop hosted by the program in Washington, D.C.


Fulbright Commissions celebrated milestone anniversaries:

Plate of cupcakes decorated with Fulbright themed icing

75th Anniversary

Belgium and Luxembourg: Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg 

France: Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange 

Greece: U.S. Educational Foundation in Greece 

Italy: The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission 

New Zealand: New Zealand-United States Educational Foundation 

Philippines: Philippine-American Educational Foundation  

United Kingdom: The United States-United Kingdom Fulbright Commission

65th Anniversary

Spain: Commission for Cultural, Educational and Scientific Exchange Between the United States of America and Spain

60th Anniversary

Malaysia: Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange

35th Anniversary

Bulgaria: Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange

Jordan: Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange

Romania: Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Association convened a special Youth Summit as part of its annual conference in Denver

The Youth Summit, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, introduced primary school children from the Denver metropolitan area to opportunities through Fulbright and other programs. Learn more.

Fulbrighter sat at desk discussing ideas and writing on paper

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