The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, creating connections in a complex and changing world. Led by the U.S. government in partnership with 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright builds lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries—building mutual understanding between nations, advancing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world.
Senator J. William Fulbright envisioned an educational and cultural exchange program that would connect people and encourage them to learn about each others' cultures and values - that vision became the Fulbright Program.
Fulbright provides participants the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and administrators who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Fulbright International Education (IEA), Fulbright U.S. Specialist Program and Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
With the objective of promotion and development of modern foreign languages and area studies through the educational structure of the United States, the U.S. Department of Education offers two Fulbright-Hays Fellowship programs:
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund faculty to maintain and improve their area studies and foreign language skills by conducting research in other countries for periods of three to 12 months.