Creating Mutual Understanding

Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is America's flagship exchange program, operating on a global basis and advancing mutual understanding and U.S. foreign policy goals in every world area. A uniquely effective, global and flexible form of public diplomacy, it enables participants from diverse cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds to create ties of understanding and respect between the United States and other countries.

A few of the programs that IIE manages in this area are highlighted below.

Fulbright is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding from foreign governments, higher education institutions, and private sector partners and donors. IIE and its Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) have been proud partners of the Fulbright Program since its inception.

Fulbright Scholar ProgramFulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends experts from colleges, universities and other institutions to share their scholarship and expertise abroad for up to one year or longer. Through this core Program, more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals taught or conducted research abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year. Another 900 visiting faculty worldwide earned Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research at U.S. institutions of higher education. Additionally, the short-term Fulbright Specialist Program sent 279 U.S. experts overseas to train faculty or build educational capacity in 2010. These exchanges promote unique classroom opportunities, collaborative research and lasting linkages between institutions and scholars to help forge solutions to some of our most pressing key global issues.

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

In the past year, over 1,000 graduating seniors and young professionals received Fulbright grants to research or grants in 125 participating countries. The program received the highest number of applications in its history and awarded an all-time high number of awards.

In addition, over 500 recent graduates interacted face-to-face with young people in classrooms and communities through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. In 2009, this high-impact component of the Fulbright Program expanded to many new countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Georgia, Greece, Jordan, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Nepal, Norway, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

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Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Strong bi-partisan Congressional support enables the Fulbright Foreign Student Program to serve a diverse group of students and young professionals who engage in undergraduate, graduate and teaching assistant programs at U.S. colleges and universities. In 2010, more than 4,000 Fulbright Foreign Students studied at institutions in all 50 states, including numerous Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), liberal arts colleges and research institutions. The placement of students at such a wide variety of institutions is testament to the long-term campus impact of Fulbright students.

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Fulbright FLTAFulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

Building international and cultural bridges through language learning, the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program assists in the instruction of their native languages on campuses around the U.S. and left a lasting impact on their students and peers.

Visit the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program site

Hubert H. Humphrey Program (HHH)

HHH is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE. Since 1979, more than 4,200 Fellows have participated in the Program, hosted by 43 U.S. universities. The Fellowships provide a year of professional enrichment in the U.S. for experienced professionals from designated countries around the world.

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    Program Spotlight
    • Fulbright

      The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty, administrators and professionals grants to teach or conduct research abroad.

    • Fulbright

      The Foreign Student program offers foreign students fellowships for study, research and teaching assistantships in the U.S.

    • Fulbright

      The Visiting Scholars Program supports the research and teaching of scholars visiting colleges and universities in the U.S.

    • Fulbright FLTA

      Enabling young educators to refine their teaching skills by serving as teaching assistants in foreign language classes.

    • Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program

      The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study & professional experience.


    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President,
    Strategic Development

    Institute of International Education
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