Founded by Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has awarded 307,000 grants to students, professionals, and scholars since its inception in 1946. Designed to promote cultural exchanges and academic research across all fields, the program sponsors teaching exchanges, graduate study, and independent research projects. The Fulbright Program also invites international scholars to visit the United States to teach and conduct research.
Governed by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program also relies upon the guidance of the Foreign Scholarship Board. Since Congress established the Foreign Scholarship Board, the president of the United States has selected its 12 members. In addition to setting the Fulbright Program’s policies and administrative procedures, the board also bears responsibility for choosing all grantees.
About the Author:
Over the last 10 years, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., has completed two Fulbright Fellowships, one in Eritrea and another in Germany. Prior to earning her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, Ayanna Yonemura also received a National Fellowship through the U.S. Government Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.