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75th Anniversary Events
Learn more about how program alumni and partners celebrated the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary.
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program
On November 30, 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 the Fulbright Program’s impact in five important areas: the environment; education; public service; public health, science, and technology; and media and the arts.Learn More
Fulbright Impact in the Field Panels
The “Fulbright Impact in the Field” alumni panels showcase Fulbright alumni practitioners representing a specific field to discuss how their Fulbright experience has influenced their personal and professional development, as well as positively impacted their field. In 2021, we held panels based on the following themes: global health & COVID-19, international engagement on U.S. campuses, climate change and environmental justice, and public diplomacy.Learn More
Fulbright 75 Virtual Art Exhibit
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. (Featured: “Twin Tempests,” Adam de Boer)View the exhibit
ECA Announces Inaugural Fulbright HSI Leaders Initiative
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce a new initiative recognizing the strong engagement of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) with the Fulbright Program. Through this inaugural “Fulbright HSI Leader” designation, ECA recognizes 35 HSIs that have demonstrated noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program during the 2019-2021 academic years and have promoted Fulbright Program opportunities on campus.Read more
I Am Fulbright: 5 Takeaways from Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognized 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities as Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders for their noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program during the 2019-2020 academic year. Read more about the celebrations that made up this year’s campaign.I Am Fulbright: 5 Takeaways from Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders
Sasha Velour: Trailblazer. Artist. Fulbrighter.
On June 3, 2021, the Fulbright Program hosted a special event to kick off Pride Month and celebrate the career of 2009 Fulbright U.S. Student to Russia, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, and internationally recognized drag queen, artist, and producer, Sasha Velour. The discussion was moderated by Christian Flores, 2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Brazil and founder of Projeto Memoria LGBT – Bagé.Sasha Velour: Trailblazer. Artist. Fulbrighter.
Roger Rosenblatt: The Writing Life
On May 14, 2021, the Fulbright Program hosted a virtual event celebrating the life and career of Roger Rosenblatt, a 1965 Fulbright U.S. Student to Ireland and a writer, professor, Emmy Award winner, and Peabody Award winner. The discussion touched on the art of writing, advice for aspiring writers, and the impact of the Fulbright experience on Rosenblatt’s life and career.Roger Rosenblatt: The Writing Life
National Park Week: Explore Crater Lake National Parks
In celebration of National Park Week and the U.S. Department of State’s historic partnership with the National Park Service, the Fulbright Program hosted a virtual event exploring Crater Lake National Park on April 23rd, 2021. Fulbright alumni who are now associated with the National Park Service facilitated a discussion on how the National Park Service connects visitors to nature, conducts research and habitat species preservation, and works with Native American communities to preserve their cultural heritage.National Park Week: Explore Crater Lake National Parks
The Fulbright Program Presents: An Evening of Poetry
On March 18, 2021, the Fulbright Program hosted a virtual event in celebration of World Poetry Day. Hosted by 2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Storyteller to Trinidad and Tobago and spoken word artist, Alyea Pierce, the evening included readings and reflections from 1993-1995 U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, 1974 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany, and accomplished Fulbright poets and writers Elisa Gonzalez, Ruth Behar, and William Langford.The Fulbright Program Presents: An Evening of Poetry
A Conversation with Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart
On February 25, 2021, the Fulbright Program hosted a virtual event celebrating the accomplishments of Fulbright alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart, and exploring the themes of his acclaimed biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke. Dr. Stewart presented a brief overview of Locke’s biography before engaging in conversation with Fulbright alumna Dr. Joanne Braxton, a prominent scholar of African American Literature and Culture.A Conversation with Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart
John Hope Franklin: Redefining the American Story
On February 19, 2021, the Fulbright Program hosted a virtual event exploring the life and legacy of celebrated historian, scholar, activist, author, and Fulbright alumnus, Dr. John Hope Franklin, who documented the integral role of Black Americans in U.S. history. The panel discussion examined the ways in which Dr. Franklin’s personal story informed his work and how his work and travel through the Fulbright Program, shaped the way we tell the American story around the world.John Hope Franklin: Redefining the American Story – Exploring a Life & Legacy Through Family & Fulbright
National Archives Signs MOU with Fulbright for Archival Science Fellowship
The National Archives and the Fulbright Program have formalized a new partnership to establish the first-ever Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, which supports archival science education, conservation, and research.Read the Press Release
Fulbright Partners with National Park Service
The Fulbright Program and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), combining efforts, resources, and ideas to increase environmental and cultural awareness throughout the world through Fulbright exchanges.Read the Article
Connect with Fulbright Alumni
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Join the Fulbrighter platform.
The Fulbrighter networking platform is the exclusive online community for current Fulbrighters and alumni worldwide. With over 20,000 users, this platform inspires Fulbrighters to connect, network, engage, and collaborate with their peers through discussions, interest groups, and virtual activities. To learn more about Fulbrighter or to join, click below.
Join your local chapter of the Fulbright Association.
For Fulbright alumni in the United States, the Fulbright Association has 54 volunteer-led chapters across the country. Chapters organize programs and events that provide Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbrighters with diverse opportunities for networking, professional development, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and community service. Find yours in the link below to volunteer and learn about programs.
Not in the United States?
To learn more about what Fulbright alumni groups are active in your area, please contact your local Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy.
Discover Fulbright Program news and updates.
“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.