Fulbrighters inspire, innovate, and find solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. Read about the impact they have had in areas like public service, science and technology, public health, arts, education, and the environment.

75th Anniversary Year in Review

For 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided life-changing opportunities for over 400,000 people from all backgrounds—recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, scholars, and more—to learn from each other, advance ideas, and build understanding across borders.

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The Future of Fulbright

We asked Fulbright alumni and experts around the world to share their vision of how Fulbright will grow, adapt, and inspire in the years to come. What will the next 75 years bring?

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Fulbrighters Reimagine the Future of Education

Over the next 75 years, what will education and learning look like around the world? Fulbright educators, academic administrators, and international exchange specialists weigh in on the current state of international education, and imagine new ways to live and learn together.

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Fulbrighters Leading Through Innovation

During their international exchanges, Fulbrighters come face-to-face with difficult and seemingly intractable problems. In response to these problems, Fulbrighters make use of their newfound academic training, cultural knowledge, and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative solutions that better the world around them.

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Diplomacy in Action—Fulbrighters Connecting Nations and People

Since the program’s founding, Fulbrighters have served as unofficial citizen ambassadors. In recognition of 75 years of outstanding service, we recognize several Fulbrighters working in the fields of public diplomacy and service, and explore how Fulbright has influenced and contributed to their careers.

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Fulbrighters Making History

Fulbrighters not only enrich their educations and advance their careers, they also make meaningful contributions abroad and at home, often in unexpected ways. Throughout the program’s 75-year history, Fulbrighters have borne witness to world-changing historical moments; in some cases, they have even made history themselves.

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Program Partners Expand Fulbright’s Impact

The Fulbright Program partners with dynamic and forward-thinking organizations to expand the program’s reach, build diverse networks, and create impact in a variety of disciplines and fields. Learn how Fulbright partnerships help fulfill the program’s mission.

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Fulbright Commissions: Binational Partnerships for a Better World

Fulbright brings opportunities to life through partnership. Learn more in this article about the history, activities, and outstanding alumni of the Fulbright Program and the 49 Fulbright binational commissions.

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Prominent Fulbrighters in the Arts

From award-winning, globally recognized Fulbright luminaries like Renée Fleming, Philip Glass, and Maya Angelou, to cutting-edge artists and changemakers, Fulbrighters create beautiful and thought-provoking works and also strengthen cross-cultural ties, champion diverse perspectives, and inspire communities.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Fulbright: Advancing Opportunities

As the Fulbright Program celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is important to acknowledge the role that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played in expanding access to Fulbright awards.

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Posse Foundation and Reach the World: Fulbrighters Advancing Opportunity

More than a simple recognition of academic and professional achievement, a Fulbright award is an acknowledgement of the power of participants to effect change in their host and home communities. Alumni return from the Fulbright experience ready to spread their newfound knowledge and use their successes as inspiration for the next generation.

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Fulbrighters Working to Protect the Planet

As cultural ambassadors and environmental stewards, Fulbrighters work to create a sustainable future through scientific research and communication, habitat and wildlife conservation, and innovative policy and technology for a sustainable future.

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Fulbright Educators: Broadening Minds in the Classroom

Synonymous with international education, the Fulbright Program has provided students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds the opportunity to study, teach, exchange ideas, and find solutions to complex local and global challenges for 75 years.

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Fulbrighters Transforming Communities

Fulbrighters are recognized for their achievements in academia, government, and other important fields, and they also bring to life one of the Fulbright Program’s most consequential objectives: to shape a more positive vision for communities through sharing knowledge.

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Leading Innovation in Health, Science, and Technology: Fulbright Alumni Research

Serving communities around the world, Fulbright alumni are innovative, collaborative, and driven in their approach to advancing health, science, and technology. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni in these fields have been awarded […]

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Featured Alumni

Maria Ressa

Nobel Prize-winning Journalist and Co-Founder of Rappler
U.S. Student to the Philippines, 1986

In a battle for facts, journalism is activism. Newsrooms require new thinking.

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Javier Solana

Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain and NATO Secretary-General
Foreign Student from Spain, 1966

[Fulbright] has had a positive and important impact on generations of young Spaniards and Americans.

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Joy Buolamwini

Computer Scientist and Digital Innovator
U.S. Student to Zambia, 2012

I think for anybody to thrive, you need to let people know that their story matters.

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Amar Bose

Founder, Bose Corp
U.S. Student to India, 1956

Never lose your imagination. Always dream of things that are better and think about ways to reach those things.

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