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 Day: Bulgaria – May 24

The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program worldwide and the achievements of Fulbright Bulgaria alumni on May 24, 2021.

Fulbright Day: Bolivia – May 25

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Fulbright, Bolivia will host a month of special activities to mark this momentous occasion. The main event, a virtual alumni summit called “IMPACT: 75 Years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections,” will take place on May 25.

Fulbright Day: Turkey – May 7

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Turkey, the Turkish Fulbright Commission, was established by a bi-national agreement signed between the United States and Turkey in 1949. Since the creation of the Commission in 1949, funding has been provided by the governments of Turkey and the United States. On May 7, Turkey celebrated 75 years of the Fulbright Program with a full day of events.

Fulbright Day: Romania – May 18

On May 18th, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission honored 75 years since the global Fulbright Program was initiated and 60+ years of its presence in Romania through the virtual event titled “Fulbright at 75: A Global Response to Global Opportunities and Challenges.”

Fulbright Day: Trinidad and Tobago – April 22

In celebration of the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain presented “Fulbright Day Trinidad and Tobago: Alumni Making an Impact,” a panel which featured Fulbright alumni leaders from Trinidad and Tobago: Ms. Melissa Jimenez, Dr. Samantha Chaitram, and Dr. Andrew Hunte.

Fulbright Day: South Africa – April 21

On April 21, 2021, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program, U.S. Mission South Africa celebrated the signing of the NRF-IIE Fulbright Funding agreement. That same evening, four South African Fulbrighters were put to the test in a live-streamed general knowledge quiz!

Fulbright Day: Venezuela – April 12

Venezuela’s Fulbright Day was successfully celebrated among 60 participants from ECA, Fulbright alumni, Binational Centers, Venezuelan Universities, diverse professionals, and potential Fulbright applicants.

Fulbright Day: Guinea – March 31

On March 31, the Fulbright Program team in Guinea joined the worldwide celebration of Fulbright’s 75th anniversary by highlighting the cultural importance of exchange programs. Guinea’s events dabbled in dance and ventured through the joyous memories of studying abroad and savoring dishes both familiar and unknown.

Fulbright Day: Portugal – March 19

March 19th, 2021, marked Portugal’s Fulbright Day, a special day to celebrate the program’s legacy of fostering mutual understanding. Fulbright Portugal held a series of live events with notable Fulbright alumni and guests.