Innovators.
Trailblazers.
Fulbrighters.

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Jessica Phan
U.S. to Portugal, 2019

Impact

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.

See how Fulbrighters innovate and find solutions.

U.S. Student Alumni, U.S. to U.K., 2016-17
U.S. Student alumni to the U.K. reconvened for a reunion in 2021.
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Carlo Juntilla, U.S. to Taiwan, 2021
Fulbrighters are immersed in distinctive experiences and cultures.
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Khaoula Bouti & Donather Magabe, Morocco & Tanzania to U.S., 2021
Coming from all walks of life, Fulbrighters share a passion for peaceful cooperation.
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Sam Nester, Australia to U.S., 2010
Nester, a trumpet player, educator, and composer, performed at the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Kennedy Center.
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Foreign Fulbright Students, Lebanon to U.S., 2021
Fulbrighters join a dynamic network that fosters mutual understanding between nations.
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Priscilla Barnes, U.S. to Iceland, 2021
By serving as cultural ambassadors, Fulbrighters experience growth as educators, global citizens, and humans.
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Katarina Marakova, Slovakia to U.S., 2021
“[Fulbright] has opened new opportunities in my academic carrier, long-term collaboration, and new friendships.”
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Making Their Mark

40
Fulbright Alumni have served as heads of state or government.
61
Fulbright Alumni have received a Nobel Prize.
16
Fulbright Alumni have received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
89
Fulbright Alumni have been awarded
Pulitzer Prizes.

Fulbright Days

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 certainly embodies this philosophy of doing interesting and important and impactful work, but also making sure that you share that work with other people.

Kevin McLean
U.S. to Malaysia and Ecuador, 2016
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Alumni

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.

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Rosalyn Yalow

Medical Physicist

Fulbrighter to Portugal, 1977

Rosalyn Yalow was the first American-born woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Read Her Story
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Rishi Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer of the U.K.

Foreign Student from the U.K., 2005

Across government and civil society, Fulbright alumni showcase leadership and contribute to the global interchange of ideas.

Read His Story
Jaime Saavedra

Jaime Saavedra

Global Director of Education, The World Bank

Foreign Student from Peru, 1990

Urgent action is needed to realize a new vision for education.

Read His Story
Jenné Nurse Equity Coordinator, Virginia Dept. of Education

Jenné Nurse

Equity Coordinator, VA Dept. of Education

U.S. Student to South Africa, 2018

I would describe Fulbright as transformational. It impacts every part of who you are.

Read Her Story

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.

Pamela Lawton
U.S. to U.K., 2019
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Get Connected

In the Media

Recent News

Discover Fulbright Program news and updates.

Livestream: Fulbrighter Maria Ressa Receives Nobel Prize

Tune in at 1pm CET/7am EST on December 10 as Fulbright alum Maria Ressa receives the Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo, Norway.

Read MoreLivestream: Fulbrighter Maria Ressa Receives Nobel Prize

Fulbright Program Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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.

Read MoreFulbright Program Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Global “Changemakers” Mark 75th Anniversary of Fulbright Program

The Washington Diplomat publication covered the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary event at the Kennedy Center.

Read MoreGlobal “Changemakers” Mark 75th Anniversary of Fulbright Program

Fulbright’s Impact: National Leaders Honor 75 Years with Moving Tributes

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.

Read MoreFulbright’s Impact: National Leaders Honor 75 Years with Moving Tributes

Nine Fulbrighters Visit Schools Virtually for International Education Week

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.

Read MoreNine Fulbrighters Visit Schools Virtually for International Education Week

Egyptian Fulbright Alum Aids in Historic Avenue of Sphinxes Opening

Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and Fulbright alum, helped restore the Avenue of Sphinxes from 2005-2011.

Read MoreEgyptian Fulbright Alum Aids in Historic Avenue of Sphinxes Opening

ECA Announces Inaugural Fulbright HSI Leaders Initiative

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.

Read MoreECA Announces Inaugural Fulbright HSI Leaders Initiative

Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit Launches

The Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit features 75 works from Fulbright alumni. Each art piece is related to the participants’ Fulbright experience.

Read MoreFulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit Launches

Fulbright Alumna Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

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.

Read MoreFulbright Alumna Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

King Felipe of Spain Presents Fulbright Trajectory Award to Dr. Javier Solana

On October 1, Fulbright alumnus King Felipe of Spain presented the Fulbright Trajectory Award to fellow alumnus Dr. Javier Solana for his professional accomplishments.

Read MoreKing Felipe of Spain Presents Fulbright Trajectory Award to Dr. Javier Solana

Fulbright Alumnus Wins 2021 MacArthur Award

Daniel Alarcón, a 2001 U.S. Student to Peru, was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for his writing and radio production work.

Read MoreFulbright Alumnus Wins 2021 MacArthur Award

Fulbright Arctic Alumnus Named Chair of U.S. Arctic Research Commission

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.

Read MoreFulbright Arctic Alumnus Named Chair of U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Fulbright Program Highlighted in IIE Networker Magazine

The article highlights the program’s 75th anniversary and three ways in which the Fulbright Program can internationalize U.S. higher education institutions.

Read MoreFulbright Program Highlighted in IIE Networker Magazine

Fulbright: The 75-year Citizen Diplomacy Experiment

Alumni Ambassador David Bernstein contributed an article to The Hill on the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary and its extraordinary alumni.

Read MoreFulbright: The 75-year Citizen Diplomacy Experiment

Fulbright Going Strong at 75

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.

Read MoreFulbright Going Strong at 75

2020 and 2021 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows Announced

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.

Read More2020 and 2021 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows Announced

Fulbright Program Commemorates 75th Anniversary

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.

Read MoreFulbright Program Commemorates 75th Anniversary

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Alumna Named Artist-in-Residence

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.

Read MoreFulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Alumna Named Artist-in-Residence

Nobel Prize Winner and Fulbright Alumnus Ei-ichi Negishi Dies at 85

Nobel-winning chemist and 1960 Fulbright Foreign Student from Japan Ei-ichi Negishi passed away at the age of 85.

Read MoreNobel Prize Winner and Fulbright Alumnus Ei-ichi Negishi Dies at 85

Fulbright Alumna Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize

Megha Rajagopalan, 2010 U.S. Student to China, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting alongside her BuzzFeed News colleagues.

Read MoreFulbright Alumna Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize

U.S. Embassy in Tunisia Creates Video for Fulbright’s 75th Anniversary

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.

Read MoreU.S. Embassy in Tunisia Creates Video for Fulbright’s 75th Anniversary

Fulbright Thailand Launches Video Series for Anniversary

The Thailand-United States Educational Foundation (TUSEF) launched an ongoing series featuring alumni from their various Fulbright programs.

Read MoreFulbright Thailand Launches Video Series for Anniversary

20 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders Announced for AY 2019-2020

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.

Read More20 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders Announced for AY 2019-2020

Fulbright Alumna Named Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre

U.S. Student alumna Iyvon Edebiri was named the Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre in New York.

Read MoreFulbright Alumna Named Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre

Alumna Maya Angelou Among Women Chosen to be on Quarter

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.

Read MoreAlumna Maya Angelou Among Women Chosen to be on Quarter

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Dr. Zahi Hawass’ Luxor Discovery

Egyptian media outlet Cairo Scene followed alumnus Dr. Zahi Hawass and Fulbright Egypt for this exclusive video feature.

Read MoreBehind-the-Scenes Look at Dr. Zahi Hawass’ Luxor Discovery

U.S. Scholar Alumna Featured on PBS NewsHour

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.

Read MoreU.S. Scholar Alumna Featured on PBS NewsHour

Fulbright-National Geographic Alumna Featured on The New Yorker Radio Hour

Destry Maria Sibley spoke about her grandmother’s story of being sent to a Mexican orphanage as a child during the Spanish Civil War.

Read MoreFulbright-National Geographic Alumna Featured on The New Yorker Radio Hour

Egyptian Fulbright Alumnus Discovers “Lost Golden City”

Egyptologist and Fulbright alumnus Dr. Zahi Hawass’ discovery “has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb.”

Read MoreEgyptian Fulbright Alumnus Discovers “Lost Golden City”

Fulbright Association Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Participant Stories

The U.S. alumni organization of the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Association, is sharing stories of inspirational Fulbrighters throughout 2021.

Read MoreFulbright Association Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Participant Stories

Third Fulbright Arctic Initiative Launches with Virtual Kick-Off

On March 23-24, the new cohort of Fulbright Arctic Scholars held a virtual meeting to kick off their 18-month collaborative research program.

Read MoreThird Fulbright Arctic Initiative Launches with Virtual Kick-Off

Ex-Bristol Student Unable to Read at 13 Now Studying for PhD on Fulbright

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.

Read MoreEx-Bristol Student Unable to Read at 13 Now Studying for PhD on Fulbright

TCU Celebrates 75-Year Legacy with the U.S. Fulbright Program

Texas Christian University (TCU) launched a site that celebrates TCU Fulbrighters and their stories.

Read MoreTCU Celebrates 75-Year Legacy with the U.S. Fulbright Program

Fulbright Alumnus Named Editor-at-Large at Lonely Planet

Travel writer, multimedia journalist, and Fulbright alumnus Sebastian Modak was named the new Editor-at-Large for Lonely Planet.

Read MoreFulbright Alumnus Named Editor-at-Large at Lonely Planet

An Advocate for the Disabled Talks About the Importance of Giving Back

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.

Read MoreAn Advocate for the Disabled Talks About the Importance of Giving Back

2020-21 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions Announced

We congratulate the 2020-21 Top Producing Institutions of Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars, who had the most Fulbrighters in certain categories.

Read More2020-21 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions Announced

Rakuten Donation Enhances Fulbright Opportunities for Japanese Students

Fulbright Japan announced that Rakuten, Inc. has committed to establishing the Fulbright-Mikitani Memorial Grant to support future Japanese participants.

Read MoreRakuten Donation Enhances Fulbright Opportunities for Japanese Students

National Archives Signs MOU with Fulbright for Archival Science Fellowship

The National Archives and the State Department formalized a new partnership to establish the Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship.

Read MoreNational Archives Signs MOU with Fulbright for Archival Science Fellowship

Fulbright Partners with National Park Service to Strengthen Exchanges

Fulbright and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), increasing environmental and cultural awareness worldwide.

Read MoreFulbright Partners with National Park Service to Strengthen Exchanges

Fulbright Program Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2021

Read more about the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary celebration in DipNote, the U.S. Department of State’s official blog.

Read MoreFulbright Program Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2021

The Fulbright Program’s 2020 Year in Review

Take a look back at the program’s highlights and milestones in an unprecedented year.

Read MoreThe Fulbright Program’s 2020 Year in Review

The 2019-20 Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Share their Stories

Now back from the field, the four 2019-20 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellows share their research and photos.

Read MoreThe 2019-20 Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Share their Stories

Events & Activities

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1.27 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Mid-Year Conference More information 3.31 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar: Music, Art, and the Impact of Covid-19 More information 4.07 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar: Environmental Resilience: Protecting the Natural Environment More information 4.19 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar: Lab to Market: Public Health in a Pandemic More information 5.03 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar: The Future of Work in the Pandemic Era: Technology, the Skills Gap, and Workforce Development More information 5.18 Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar: From Equality to Equity in Education: Beyond the Civil Rights Movement More information