What is the Fulbright Association?

The Fulbright Association extends the Fulbright international exchange into a lifelong experience for U.S. alumni. We connect alumni and friends of the Fulbright program through lifelong learning, collaborative networking, and service projects at home and abroad. Established on February 27, 1977, the Fulbright Association is the U.S. alumni organization of the Fulbright Program, representing 140,000 U.S. alumni – 70 years of Fulbrighters since the program’s inception – and friends of international education. We support a thriving alumni community that helps increase visibility for the Fulbright effect and helps preserve Fulbright exchanges for future generations. Through our 54 local chapters, the Fulbright Association hosts more than 230 regional and national programs each year for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni throughout the United States. Programs include educational events, career development seminars, music and art presentations, networking events, volunteer activities, and more. We are a hub for Fulbright alumni to connect in meaningful ways, as well as a community of friends of Fulbright who support international education and cultural understanding around the world.

Mission, Vision, and Values

To continue and extend the Fulbright tradition of education, advocacy and service

To be a catalyst for a peaceful and interconnected world inspired by international educational exchange

We respect all peoples and cultures, value diversity and are committed to international education and mutual understanding

Non-Discrimination Statement

Non-Discrimination Statement

Inherent in our Values Statement and our Strategic Plan is our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We respect all peoples and cultures, value diversity and are committed to international education and mutual understanding. 

We do not discriminate based on factors such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, ability, gender identity or expression, immigrant status, marital status, political affiliation, educational status, family responsibilities, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.

Code of Conduct

The Fulbright Association is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all individuals who participate in its events and programs. These events and programs are meant to allow for the collegial exchange of ideas and discussion of issues related to the Fulbright community. Dialogue that includes and acknowledges a diversity of opinions and experiences is vital.

All participants are expected to:

  • Be respectful
  • Listen actively
  • Be collaborative
  • Respect diversity, including communication differences
  • Respect privacy of participants
  • Act with honesty and refrain from taking credit for the work of others without specific acknowledgement and authorization
  • Be aware of language diversity
  • Handle disagreement constructively
  • Act fairly, honestly, and in good faith with other participants

Abiding by these guidelines helps ensure that all individuals have a positive experience.

Our History

In 1976, the Board of Foreign Scholarships (now the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board) convened regional Fulbright alumni meetings to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Association grew out of resolutions adopted at those meetings. The late Arthur Power Dudden became its founding president.

Senator J. William Fulbright encouraged alumni to create an active constituency for the Fulbright Program that would educate Congress and the public about the benefits of advancing increased mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. He wanted U.S. alumni to welcome and exchange ideas with Fulbrighters from abroad. Through our programs and advocacy campaigns, the Fulbright Association sustains these goals for future generations of Fulbright alumni and supporters.

Who are the Fulbright Alumni?

Fulbright alumni are leaders in every field and represent over 165 countries. They are global change-makers in politics, business, science, education, and the arts. Our ranks include 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 40 current or former heads of state or government, 76 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, and 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients.

Our alumni come from thousands of public and private universities in the United States and abroad. Fulbrighters are committed to advancing mutual understanding, tolerance, and peaceful relations worldwide.