Featured 75th Anniversary News & Events
Keep up throughout 2021 as we celebrate 75 years of the Fulbright Program’s impact, history and alumni. Browse recaps of past events, as well as other articles here.
Fulbright Alumna Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
Maria Ressa, a 1986 Fulbrighter to the Philippines, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Dmitry Muratov “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Ressa is the co-founder, CEO, and president of Rappler, the Philippines’ top digital-only news site fighting for press freedom. She joins 60 other Fulbrighters who have won Nobel Prizes.Fulbrighters and Nobel Laureates
Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit is now Open
The Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit was curated in celebration of 75 years of the Fulbright Program. Throughout the program’s history, Fulbrighters in the arts have utilized their grants to deepen their artistic practices through cross-cultural collaboration and the adaptation of novel tools, techniques, and resources. 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.View the exhibit
Celebrate the Czech Republic's Fulbright Day on Oct. 25
The Czech Fulbright Commission invites all friends of Fulbright and all those interested in Fulbright Program to join them in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program worldwide and the 30th anniversary of the Czech Fulbright Commission. Throughout 2021, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, Universities, and other Fulbright partners and supporters are celebrating the 75th Anniversary with a wide and varied range of activities taking place around the world.Fulbright Days: Celebrating Around the World
Fulbright Alumnus Named 2021 MacArthur Fellow
Daniel Alarcón, a 2001 U.S. Student to Peru, was recently named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow for his work in chronicling the social and cultural ties that connect Spanish-speaking communities across the Americas. Alarcón joins 75 other Fulbright alumni who are also recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, which are popularly known as “Genius grants.”Read More
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
Actions, Insights, and Opportunities
Since its inception in 1946, over 400,000 people from all backgrounds—recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, and more—have participated in the Fulbright Program to help them better understand and advance ideas in the world we share.
What impact will you make?
Connecting a Complex and Changing World
In 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, President Harry S. Truman signed legislation into law to establish the Fulbright Program, an international academic exchange program with an ambitious goal—to increase mutual understanding, and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Fulbright Program now operates in 160 countries and has provided over 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and in all fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to complex global challenges. This timeline represents some of the significant milestones in the Fulbright Program’s history. Check back to see more entries, which will be posted throughout 2021.
John Hope Franklin Begins Fulbright Journey
Franklin, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, author, historian and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chair, went on his first Fulbright to the U.K. in 1954.
Passage of Fulbright-Hays Act
President John F. Kennedy signed the Fulbright-Hays Act, re-authorizing the Fulbright Program. The Act also enabled foreign governments to contribute funding to Fulbright programming.
Future Nobel Laureate Starts Fulbright
Muhammad Yunus arrived in the U.S. from Bangladesh to study economics. The professor, social entrepreneur, and founder of Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize (2006) for microlending to reduce poverty.
Fulbright 40th Anniversary
Distinguished Lecturer Grants Program created to celebrate Fulbright’s anniversary. Recipients include luminaries such as poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who traveled on her Fulbright to Ghana in 1986.
Fulbright Association Launches Prize
The Fulbright Association, the U.S. Fulbright alumni group, awarded its first Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to Nelson Mandela for his work fighting apartheid in South Africa.
Fulbright Alumni Serve in Congress
Fulbright alumni have long served in the U.S. Congress. The 110th U.S. Congress convened on January 4, 2007, with four Fulbright alumni serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Teacher Exchanges expand program offerings for primary and secondary teachers in the U.S. and 70 countries; nearly 11,000 teacher alumni have brought global perspectives to classrooms around the world.
75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program
Over the last 75 years, more than 400,000 alumni have participated in the Fulbright Program, creating meaningful global impact with a focus on action, community, and connections.
Fulbright Alumni: Lasting Legacies
Each month of the 75th Anniversary year will feature notable Fulbrighters who have made an impact on the world. Read their stories here.
Former Chief Investment Officer, World Bank
Foreign Student from Venezuela, 1971
I cannot think of a better return on investment [for the opportunity Fulbright provided].Read Her Story
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, and that who they are matters.Read Her Story
Sophie V. Vandebroek
Technology Executive and Electrical Engineer
Foreign Student from Belgium, 1986
I was always striving to be part of a brilliant community of people I could learn from.Read Her Story
Engineer and Technology Executive
U.S. Student to Germany, 2014
For STEM students considering [Fulbright], such an international research experience is essential for the interconnected future.Read His Story
Discover Fulbright Program news and updates.
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.
Organizations around the world are celebrating Fulbright's 75th Anniversary.
We encourage all program alumni, partners, and friends to engage with Fulbright and their communities.