STAND FOR FULBRIGHT

Learn more about our advocacy campaign to oppose a 47% funding cut to the Program.

Our Role

The Fulbright Association serves as the unified voice of the Fulbright community in advocating for the program to the U.S. Congress. We pursue a strategic and non-partisan approach to advocacy at the local, national, and global levels.

Local

Through our chapters, we maintain an ongoing grassroots campaign that builds relationships with district and state offices for the House and Senate, respectively. This outreach includes visits to those offices as well as the extension of invitations for members to attend local events. Chapters also raise the profile of Fulbright locally through international education programs and outreach to regional media outlets.

National

Through the Fulbright Association’s national office, we build and sustain strong working relationships with Congressional offices and stakeholders in Washington, D.C. With a focus on key appropriations and authorizing committees, we educate members and their staffs on the impact of the Fulbright Program through regular visits and designated Advocacy Days that bring large delegations to Capitol Hill. The national office sets the overarching strategy and messaging for advocacy efforts, leads campaigns, and coordinates with partner organizations.

Global

While international alumni are not political constituents of the U.S. Congress, they have a powerful voice in sharing the impact of the Fulbright program. The national office works with Fulbright Commissions and alumni associations worldwide to magnify that voice by coordinating international participation in Advocacy Days, organizing petitions when needed, and gathering testimonials.

Strategy

The primary source of funding (approximately 65%) for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

The Administration has submitted a budget that would result in a 47% cut to the Fulbright Program for Fiscal Year 2018. Now more than ever, it is critical that we join together in support of Fulbright. You can join us in reaching out to Congressional offices with a non-partisan message that urges restored Program funding at $250 million. You can take action now by reaching out to your representatives using our messaging and resources, which are outlined on this page.

Please return to this site regularly for updates and advocacy campaigns. Become a member or join our mailing list to receive updates directly. Your donations provide needed resources for our advocacy work, and we appreciate your continued support.

Act Now

Share our message, tell your story.

Write to Your Representative

Write to your members of the House and Senate to urge full funding of the Fulbright Program. Refer to the Fulbright Association's messaging guide and advocacy resources (below) for a framework for your letter, and focus on conveying the lasting impact of your Fulbright experience. Facebook Town Hall, House.gov, and Senate.gov can help you locate your representatives. International alumni can write to those representing their U.S. university by entering the zip code of that university.

Call Congress

In addition to writing, call your members of the House and Senate to urge full funding of the Fulbright Program. Be sure to provide your name and address so it can be verified that you reside in their district. Refer to our Advocacy Toolkit for a sample script to use when calling your Congressman.

Write to Your Local Newspaper

Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper to explain the value of the Fulbright Program. If your letter is published, share the link with us, forward the article to your members of the House and Senate, and post it to your social media accounts using the hashtag #StandForFulbright.

#StandForFulbright

Share your Fulbright story on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media with the hashtag #StandForFulbright. Follow the hashtag to read and react to the experiences of fellow Fulbright alumni, and continue to use our trademark #Fulbright hashtag on your posts, as well.

For international alumni:

Contact Your Ambassador

Contact the U.S. ambassador in your country, as well as your country's ambassador in Washington, D.C. Share your Fulbright experience, and educate them on the bilateral funding model of the Fulbright Program and the importance of international exchange programs.

Contact Your U.S. University President

Write to the president of the U.S. university with which you were affiliated during your Fulbright, urging them to advocate for full funding of the Fulbright Program with their state's representatives in Congress. Reflect on your experiences at their university and the lasting impact of international exchange and higher education.

Our Message

Direct outreach to Congressional representatives is a critical part of our advocacy strategy, and it is important to remain positive and non-partisan in all advocacy communications. We wish to focus on the positive impact of the Fulbright Program, using your stories rather than criticism of proposed budget cuts, and we strive to retain strong support from both parties. We ask that you share our message and tell your story in your letters and phone calls to elected officials, making use of our Congressional letter template and the resources on this page.
We ask that you support funding of the Fulbright Program at $250 million. As a constituent and friend of the Fulbright Program, I believe in its mission and I stand in support of Fulbright’s contributions to:
  • American Leadership. Fulbright is the most respected and comprehensive exchange program in the world. The scholarship has produced 130,000 American and 240,000 international alumni: leaders in every field, in 165 countries. This includes 82 Pulitzer Prize winners and 57 Nobel Prize laureates.
  • National Security. Fulbright participants have built wide networks of friends at low cost, anchoring U.S. national security in a global community of trust, understanding, and hope. Global alumni include 37 current and former heads of state or government who know and support the United States.
  • Local Economies. Returning Fulbright participants bring expertise, innovation, and global connections to economies all over the U.S. International visitors spend their grants locally, putting millions of dollars directly into American communities.
  • International Alliances. The Fulbright Program promotes cooperation with 165 countries, 49 of which have long-standing commissions that match or exceed U.S. funding with their own contributions, totaling $110 million annually. Fulbright’s reputation is an anchor to many bilateral relations, promoting education, business, and leadership.
  • U.S. Higher Education. Thousands of American universities and colleges benefit from the Fulbright Program. Over 1,200 higher education institutions participate in the Fulbright Program. Faculty members and students conduct research and teach worldwide and visiting scholars provide expertise and tuition dollars.
Cutting funding for the Fulbright Program would do great harm to America’s security, economy, and educational system. Oppose cuts to the Program, and Stand for Fulbright. Thank you.

Resources

The resources compiled here are available to assist in your chapter and individual advocacy efforts on behalf of Fulbright.

For additional advocacy materials, or with any questions, please reach out to the Fulbright Association at info@fulbright.org.

Our Role

The Fulbright Association serves as the unified voice of the Fulbright community in advocating for the program to the U.S. Congress.

We pursue a strategic and non-partisan approach to advocacy at the local, national, and global levels.

Strategy

The primary source of funding (approximately 65%) for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Administration’s “skinny” budget, released March 16, 2017, outlined the principle that the Fulbright Program, as a “flagship,” should be “sustained,” even if at the expense of other exchange programs. Yet sources say that the Administration may propose deep cuts to Fulbright as part of the full budget scheduled for release on May 15. These contradictions suggest a strategy of caution and preparation. Out of caution, we are continuing our routine advocacy work, reaching out to congressional offices with a confident, non-partisan message that asks for full funding at $236 million. You can take action now by reaching out to your representatives using our messaging and resources, which are outlined on this page. We are also preparing for a variety of outcomes once the budget is released on May 15. Please return to this site then for updates and possible campaigns. Become a member or join our mailing list to receive updates directly. Your donations provide needed resources for our advocacy work, and we appreciate your continued support.

Act Now

Share our message, tell your story.

Write to Your Representative

Write to your members of the House and Senate to urge full funding of the Fulbright Program. Refer to the Fulbright Association’s messaging guide and advocacy resources (below) for a framework for your letter, and focus on conveying the lasting impact of your Fulbright experience. Facebook Town Hall, House.gov, and Senate.gov can help you locate your representatives. International alumni can write to those representing their U.S. university by entering the zip code of that university.

Call Congress

In addition to writing, call your members of the House and Senate to urge full funding of the Fulbright Program. Be sure to provide your name and address so it can be verified that you reside in their district. Refer to our Advocacy Toolkit for a sample script to use when calling your Congressman.

Write to Your Local Newspaper

Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper to explain the value of the Fulbright Program. If your letter is published, share the link with us, forward the article to your members of the House and Senate, and post it to your social media accounts using the hashtag #StandForFulbright.

#StandForFulbright

Share your Fulbright story on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media with the hashtag #StandForFulbright. Follow the hashtag to read and react to the experiences of fellow Fulbright alumni, and continue to use our standard #Fulbright hashtag on your posts, as well.

For international alumni:

Contact Your Ambassador

Contact the U.S. ambassador in your country, as well as your country’s ambassador in Washington, D.C. Share your Fulbright experience, and educate them on the bilateral funding model of the Fulbright Program and the importance of international exchange programs.

Contact Your U.S. University President

Write to the president of the U.S. university with which you were affiliated during your Fulbright, urging them to advocate for full funding of the Fulbright Program with their state’s representatives in Congress. Reflect on your experiences at their university and the lasting impact of international exchange and higher education.

Our Message

Direct outreach to Congressional representatives is a critical part of our advocacy strategy, and it is important to remain positive and non-partisan in all advocacy communications. We wish to focus on the positive impact of the Fulbright Program, using your stories rather than criticism of proposed budget cuts, and we strive to retain strong support from both parties. We ask that you share our message and tell your story in your letters and phone calls to elected officials, making use of the template below and the resources on this page.

Sample Messaging for Congressional Communications

We ask that you support full funding of the Fulbright Program at $236 million. As alumni and friends of the program, we know that Fulbright has contributed to:
  • American Leadership. The Fulbright Program is the most respected and comprehensive exchange program in the world. The program has produced 130,000 American alumni and 240,000 international alumni: leaders in every field, in 165 countries, including 57 Nobel Laureates.
  • National Security. Fulbright participants have built wide networks of friends at low cost, anchoring U.S. national security in a global community of trust, understanding, and hope. Global alumni include heads of state, ministers, and business leaders who know and support the United States.
  • Local Economies. Returning Fulbright participants bring expertise, innovation, and global connections to economies all over the U.S. International visitors spend their grants locally, putting millions of dollars directly into hundreds of American communities.
  • International Alliances. The Fulbright Program promotes cooperation with 165 countries, 49 of which have long-standing commissions that match or exceed U.S. funding with their own contributions, totaling $110 million annually. Fulbright’s reputation is an anchor to many bilateral relations, promoting education, business, and leadership.
  • U.S. Higher Education. Thousands of American universities and colleges benefit from the Fulbright Program. Faculty members and students conduct research and teach worldwide, supporting internationalization, and visiting scholars provide expertise and tuition dollars.
Cutting or eliminating funding for the Fulbright Program would do great harm to America’s security, economy, and educational system. Join our Stand for Fulbright. Thank you.

Resources

The resources compiled here are available to assist in your chapter and individual advocacy efforts on behalf of Fulbright.

For additional advocacy materials, or with any questions, please reach out to the Fulbright Association at info@fulbright.org.

Advocacy Toolkit
Chapter Advocacy Training Webinar
Fulbright Advocacy Days

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