What it Means to be a “Fulbrighter”

“Fostering these – leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures – was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program … It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past…”
– Senator J. William Fulbright

Becoming a Fulbrighter means you have joined a very special group of more than 250,000 alumni in approximately 140 countries who, since 1946, have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEO’s, university presidents, journalists, artists, and especially professors and teachers who have influenced thousands of others.  You have been awarded a Fulbright not only for your academic and/or professional excellence but also because of your leadership potential.  

While each grantee has a specific teaching, research or professional project to pursue, it is important to recognize that all Fulbrighters ultimately promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and other nations.  In this sense, Fulbrighters are “cultural ambassadors” to their host countries and active and involved members of their communities upon returning home.