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Numbers Matter! It's important for our Congressmen to hear from every Fulbrighter on why this program is so valuable. Send a letter today!


How You Can Make a Difference

The Fulbright Program is funded by an appropriations through the annual budget process, which can change every year. Help us make sure our voice is heard on how integral Fulbright is to American diplomacy and global peace-keeping.

What We Are Doing


We educate and update our alumni and partners about Fulbright Program funding, policy updates and advocacy initiatives.

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We build awareness with the public, media and leaders about the critical role the Fulbright program plays in the world while empowering our community to take action and engage in advocacy. We provide opportunities for engagement through advocacy campaigns and councils, local and national events, our website, blog and social media.

We build strong relationships with key leaders in Congress, internationally and at the Department of State to advance our mission.

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We play a critical role in educating leaders in Congress and the State Department about the impact of the Fulbright program. As leadership changes often and priorities continually shift, it is important that we continue to build strong relationships and ensure the essential benefits of our program to national security and global diplomacy stay top-of-mind.

We engage thousands of individual alumni and institutional members across more than 60 local chapters in the US.

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The Fulbright Association brings together alumni and visiting scholars at 230 events we host each year locally and internationally – allowing alumni to foster lifelong connections across our global community. Our innovative programs foster social innovation, unique and shared experiences and global service projects. We connect our alumni, our partners and our supporters – engaging them in telling our story of the impact Fulbright makes on a better world.

Fulbright Advocacy & Education

The Fulbright Association represents all American alumni of Fulbright Program in the world. We have thousands of individual and institutional members.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, we are seated in the heart of where Fulbright funding and policy are governed. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program brings a rich history – making a lifelong impact on our alumni and helping to share American diplomacy and mutual understanding across the globe.

Join us in strengthening our voice to ensure Fulbright is strong for generations to come and building our alumni community for a wealth of rich lifelong connections.

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No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries…- President Bill Clinton, May 1993

Fulbright Program Funding

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 Congressional appropriation for the Fulbright Program in fiscal year 2012 was $237.6 million. Foreign governments, through binational commissions or foundations abroad, contributed approximately $89.2 million directly to the Program in fiscal year 2011. More funding data for the Fulbright Program is available in the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) Annual Reports.

Over its 70-year history, the Fulbright program has sent over 350,000 Fulbrighters around the world from more than 155 participating countries, the world’s largest and longest serving exchange program. It is unique among exchange programs in that it is based on successful bilateral partnerships between the U.S. and these 155 countries.

Fulbright Program Policy

ECA administers the Program under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) with the assistance of binational commissions and foundations in 50 countries, U.S. embassies in more than 100 other countries and cooperating agencies in the U.S. ECA is responsible for the U.S. government’s overseas educational, cultural and informational programs. The FSB, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and selects candidates nominated for awards.

Binational commissions and foundations develop priorities for the program, including the categories and number of grants. In a country without a commission or foundation, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy develops and supervises the Program. Currently, 50 commissions are active, most of which are funded jointly by the U.S. and the respective government. Each commission or foundation has a board, composed of citizens of the U.S. and participating nation.