Year in Review
75th Anniversary Year
For 75 years, Fulbrighters have been leaders in their fields and have worked across cultures and borders to contribute to their communities and the world we share. Throughout 2021, we celebrated Fulbright’s impact, history and alumni around the world. Browse events and articles.
The Fulbright Program's Year in Review
During the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary celebration, we recognized the profound impact Fulbrighters have had on the lives of individuals and communities across the globe. As we look to Fulbright’s future, we are working on the next chapter of Fulbright75.org and invite you to read the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary Year-in-Review, which provides a retrospective of select 2021 highlights.Read the Year in Review
Celebrating 75 Years of Fulbright at the Kennedy Center
On November 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program with a festive event broadcast live from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Watch the recording to hear personal stories and see performances by some of our most extraordinary alumni. The celebration highlighted Fulbright’s impact in five important areas: the environment; education; public service; public health, science, and technology; and media and the arts.Learn More
75th Anniversary Events
Throughout the anniversary year the Fulbright Program, U.S. embassies and Fulbright commissions, and other partners around the world convened alumni and other experts for timely and topical discussions, art exhibits, lectures, and celebrations.View Event Recaps
Fulbrighters inspire, innovate, and find solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world in areas like public service, science and technology, public health, arts, education and the environment.Learn About Fulbright's Impact
Each month of the 75th Anniversary year we featured four notable alumni whose Fulbright experiences helped them build skills, connections, and global understanding, and who have gone on to make an impact on the world we share. Meet these accomplished alumni.Read Their Stories
Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit
The Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit was curated in celebration of 75 years of the Fulbright Program. Each piece included in this exhibit was created during a Fulbright grant, or was inspired by the connections and experiences of our alumni while living, working, and creating within their host community. (Featured: “Twin Tempests,” Adam de Boer)View the exhibit
75 Years of Global Impact
In 2021, we celebrate the Fulbright Program’s history of positive impact on the lives of individuals as well as on global and local communities. We look forward to the next 75 years of Fulbrighters enriching their educations, advancing their careers, and making meaningful contributions to society.Watch the Video
Highlighting Fulbright’s Impact
Each month of the 75th Anniversary year, we highlighted Fulbright leaders, events, and activities related to a timely and important field or theme, sharing some of the many ways that Fulbrighters inspire, innovate, and find solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world.
Celebrating Around the World
The Fulbright Program’s success is based on a sustained commitment to international bilateral partnerships and shared priorities. Throughout 2021, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, Universities, and other Fulbright partners and supporters held Fulbright Days to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a wide and varied range of activities. In total, 66 countries and territories around the world celebrated the impact of Fulbright partnerships across the globe.
Fulbright Day: Iceland
On February 23, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program and the 64th Anniversary of Fulbright Iceland, the Commission in Iceland hosted a day full of celebratory events, including the release of a special 75th Anniversary Edition Newsletter, the premier of a grantee profile video and three live events with notable Fulbright alumni.Fulbright Day: Iceland – February 23
Fulbright Day: South Africa
On April 21, 2021, the United States Mission to South Africa and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) celebrated the signing of the NRF – Fulbright Fellowship Funding agreement at an event. The event was attended by representatives from academic institutions, government departments and staff from both the NRF and the U.S. Mission to South Africa. That same evening, four South African Fulbrighters were put to the test in a live-streamed general knowledge quiz.Fulbright Day: South Africa – April 21
Fulbright Day: India
On November 12, 2021, the United States Educational Foundation in India celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program with the opening of the art exhibit “Reciprocation – American Fulbright Artists and India/Collaborations & Connections.” The exhibit opened on November 12, 2021 and continued until December 8, 2021.Fulbright Day: India – November 12
Fulbright Day: Israel
On June 30, 2021, Fulbright Israel launched an online exhibition “Archeology of Fulbright Israel” displaying notable alumni over 65 years. The exhibition demonstrates in data and narrative the impact of the Fulbright Program in Israel over a variety of disciplines; the diversity of alumni in their background, fields of work, and current activity; as well as the prestige of Fulbright Israel’s alumni and the institutes they have come from and went to during their Fulbright experience.Fulbright Day: Israel – June 30
Fulbright Day: Brazil
Fulbright Brazil held an online Fulbright Day on November 5, 2021 with a livestreamed panel discussion focusing on Fulbright impact in the lives of Brazilian and U.S. citizens. During the panel, they also launched the last anniversary celebratory video. Throughout 2021, Fulbright Brazil produced a series of interviews in Portuguese and English with alumni to showcase diverse profiles of Fulbrighters and the lasting impact of Fulbright in their lives and communities.Fulbright Day: Brazil – November 5
Fulbright Day: Korea
In celebration of the worldwide Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary, Fulbright Korea hosted a webinar exploring the impact of the Fulbright Program among members and friends of the North Korean Defector (NKD) community. This event brought together a panel of current and former Fulbright NKD grantees who have pursued their studies in the U.S., as well as a panel of current and former U.S. grantees who have worked with the NKD community in Korea during their Fulbright experience.Fulbright Day: Korea – July 27
Fulbright Alumni: Lasting Legacies
More than 400,000 people have embarked on Fulbright exchanges and returned with enhanced skills, new connections, and greater global understanding. Throughout the 75th Anniversary year, we featured 48 notable Fulbrighters who have made an impact on the world.
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Minister for the Environment, Iceland
Foreign Student from Iceland, 2005
[Fulbright is] close to my heart, because it meant a lot to me personally and professionally.Read His Story
Dancer/Choreographer, Founder of DanceAbility International
Specialist to Mexico, 2009
To be seen, recognized, and valued by such a prestigious program gave me the inspiration to move forward.Read His Story
John D. Sherwood
Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command
Fulbright-Schuman Scholar to Germany & Greece, 2019
Very few days pass when I am not drawing on my Fulbright experience in some way.Read His Story
Discover Fulbright Program news and updates.
Gabby Giffords – former U.S. Representative, Fulbright alum, and former Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board member – received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7.
On July 1, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo celebrated the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Fulbright program at a special celebration that included Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
“Fulbright Chronicles,” a quarterly periodical established and edited by alumni of the global Fulbright Program, released its first issue.
Italian Fulbrighter Giuliano Amato recently took office as President of the Constitutional Court, the Italian equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pulitzer-winning composer and two-time Fulbright alum George Crumb passed away at the age of 92.
Tune in at 1pm CET/7am EST on December 10 as Fulbright alum Maria Ressa receives the Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo, Norway.
The PIE News, an online publication that provides news and business analysis for professionals in international education, covered the the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary event at the Kennedy Center.
The Washington Diplomat publication covered the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary event at the Kennedy Center.
University Business, a magazine providing cutting-edge coverage of education news, technology, academics, and more, wrote about the 75th anniversary event at the Kennedy Center on Nov 30.
Nine Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants met with over 150 students in North Carolina, Nebraska, and New York. These visits, in areas where opportunities for global engagement are traditionally more limited, allowed American students to gain firsthand global knowledge.
Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and Fulbright alum, helped restore the Avenue of Sphinxes from 2005-2011.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced a new initiative recognizing 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) who demonstrated strong engagement with the Fulbright Program.
The Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit features 75 works from Fulbright alumni. Each art piece is related to the participants’ Fulbright experience.
Journalist Maria Ressa, a 1986 Fulbrighter to the Philippines, was one of two people awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her work against disinformation and for fighting for press freedom.
On October 1, Fulbright alumnus King Felipe of Spain presented the Fulbright Trajectory Award to fellow alumnus Dr. Javier Solana for his professional accomplishments.
Daniel Alarcón, a 2001 U.S. Student to Peru, was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for his writing and radio production work.
Mike Sfraga, co-lead Scholar for rounds 1 and 2 of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, has been appointed by President Biden as Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
The article highlights the program’s 75th anniversary and three ways in which the Fulbright Program can internationalize U.S. higher education institutions.
Alumni Ambassador David Bernstein contributed an article to The Hill on the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary and its extraordinary alumni.
The August issue of the U.S. Department of State’s official multimedia publication, State Magazine, features an article on the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society announced the selection of the 2020 and 2021 cohorts of Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is proud to celebrate the impact and achievements of the over 400,000 alumni of the Fulbright Program as we commemorate its 75th anniversary.
Mimi Onuoha, a 2014 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow, was named the artist-in-residence at the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University.
Nobel-winning chemist and 1960 Fulbright Foreign Student from Japan Ei-ichi Negishi passed away at the age of 85.
Megha Rajagopalan, 2010 U.S. Student to China, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting alongside her BuzzFeed News colleagues.
To celebrate the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary, the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia created a video highlighting their Fulbright Day event and the alumni who attended.
The Thailand-United States Educational Foundation (TUSEF) launched an ongoing series featuring alumni from their various Fulbright programs.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recognized 20 institutions as “Fulbright Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Institutional Leaders” for their noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program.
U.S. Student alumna Iyvon Edebiri was named the Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre in New York.
Writer, poet, and Fulbright alumna Maya Angelou was chosen to be one of the first women to appear on a series of quarters issued by the U.S. Mint.
Egyptian media outlet Cairo Scene followed alumnus Dr. Zahi Hawass and Fulbright Egypt for this exclusive video feature.
Janai Nelson, alumna and Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), was a guest commentator on PBS Newshour to discuss the trial and verdict of Derek Chauvin.
Destry Maria Sibley spoke about her grandmother’s story of being sent to a Mexican orphanage as a child during the Spanish Civil War.
Egyptologist and Fulbright alumnus Dr. Zahi Hawass’ discovery “has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb.”
The U.S. alumni organization of the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Association, is sharing stories of inspirational Fulbrighters throughout 2021.
On March 23-24, the new cohort of Fulbright Arctic Scholars held a virtual meeting to kick off their 18-month collaborative research program.
William Carter was unable to read until the age of 13 because of his severe dyslexia and dyspraxia. He is now on a Fulbright at the University of California, Berkeley.
Texas Christian University (TCU) launched a site that celebrates TCU Fulbrighters and their stories.
Travel writer, multimedia journalist, and Fulbright alumnus Sebastian Modak was named the new Editor-at-Large for Lonely Planet.
Eyþór Kamban Þrastarson, a Fulbright fellow (Iceland to the U.S., 2015) and a manager of a Erasmus collaboration project that aims to empower and enable young people that are blind and visually impaired, discusses the impact Fulbright made on his life.
We congratulate the 2020-21 Top Producing Institutions of Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars, who had the most Fulbrighters in certain categories.
Fulbright Japan announced that Rakuten, Inc. has committed to establishing the Fulbright-Mikitani Memorial Grant to support future Japanese participants.
The National Archives and the State Department formalized a new partnership to establish the Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship.
Fulbright and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), increasing environmental and cultural awareness worldwide.
Read more about the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary celebration in DipNote, the U.S. Department of State’s official blog.
Take a look back at the program’s highlights and milestones in an unprecedented year.
Now back from the field, the four 2019-20 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows share their research and photos.