[ fool-brahyt ]
/ ˈfʊlˌbraɪt /
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(James) William, 1905–95, U.S. politician: senator 1945–74.
  1. a grant awarded under the provisions of the Fulbright Act.
  2. a person who receives such a grant.
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What is Fulbright?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, or Fulbright for short, awards recent American college graduates grants to teach English or participate in research projects in other nations.

Fulbright grant recipients, or Fulbrighters, work and live with the people they are teaching or researching with in their host countries. In order to qualify for a Fulbright grant, you must have recently earned a bachelor’s degree, be a graduate student with your field of study related to history, culture, or current events, or have several years of experience performing, studying, or writing in the field for which you apply. Fulbrighters may be sent to countries within the East Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and other regions.

When is Fulbright?

The application process for Fulbright grants typically begins in late March or early April and concludes in the fall. The Fulbright screening committee then reviews applications until early winter. Winners are notified as early as January of the following year.

In 2021, the Fulbright application process began on March 31 and closed on October 12. The screening committee began reviewing applications on November 1, and winners were notified on January 31, 2022.

More information and context on Fulbright

In 1945 Senator J. William Fulbright proposed a bill that would use surplus war funds to create exchange student programs to promote understanding between countries through education, culture, and science. The Fulbright program was signed into law in 1946 and began receiving funds from the government.

Today, the Fulbright program gives out over 2,000 grants a year and has served over 400,000 Fulbrighters since its creation. It receives a majority of its funding from Congress and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, but it also receives donations from various host countries and a collection of charities that work to promote diversity and inclusion in the program.

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How is Fulbright discussed in real life?

Receiving a Fulbright grant is considered the opportunity of a lifetime for many culturally minded students.


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The Fulbright program supports exchange students coming to the United States.

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