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.
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($82m over $287.5m for FY 2023)
For more than 75 years, the Fulbright Program has strengthened U.S. national security by building alliances, partnerships, and goodwill in 165 countries. Fulbright is an efficient and effective national security and diplomatic tool that promotes American values and mutual understanding, funds American higher education, and leverages the investment of over $100m from other countries.
The Fulbright Program has lost 28.5% of its value since 2010, even after the $12.5m increase for FY23.
Congress saw the need to increase its investment in Fulbright after 12 years of flat funding. It recognized that inflation and new challenges (healthcare, American tuition costs) have diminished the Program’s impact, prestige, and effectiveness. This increased investment was a good start.
Importantly, restoring funding to the 2010 level would accomplish the following:
The Fulbright Association, representing over 400,000 alumni worldwide, asks our friends in Congress to support an appropriation of $369.5 million for FY 2024, restoring funding to the 2010 level.
Thank you for supporting the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship connection to the world.
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