Fulbright Program

Fulbright Advisor

Robert McCloud, Ed.D.
Associate Professor


Tel: 203-371-7792


Academic Building
Humanities Center 109D

The Fulbright Program


"Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication
can to the humanizing of international relations."
- J. William Fulbright, 1983

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.‌

What is the Fulbright Program?

The Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  Approximately 318,000 "Fulbrighters," 120,000 from the United States and 198,000 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually.  Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Learn more about the history of the Fulbright Program, or browse the FAQs.

Fulbright Program Grants

Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for Students, Scholars, Teachers, Professionals, and Groups. Grants are available for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for foreign (non-U.S.) citizens to come to the U.S.

Information For:

Undergraduate Students • Graduate Students  • Faculty and Staff

Program Eligibility

Fulbright eligibility requirements vary by program and country of citizenship.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for any Fulbright grants. Please contact Professor McCloud for further information regarding eligibility.

Explore Programs By Country

The Fulbright Program is active in more than 155 countries - explore our world with this interactive map

Notable Fulbrighters

As of 2011, approximately 310,000 Fulbrighters from over 155 countries have participated in the Fulbright Program since it began in 1946. Becoming a Fulbrighter means entering into a diverse community of accomplished individuals.

Many Fulbrighters are Nobel Laureates, won the Pulitzer and have become heads of state.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics.

Prominent Fulbright alumni include: 

  • Gary Conille, Former Prime Minister of Haiti
  • John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
  • Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
  • Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia
  • John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
  • Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate
  • Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder, Bose Corporation
  • Renée Fleming, soprano
  • Jonathan Franzen, writer
  • Daniel Libeskind, architect

SHU Fulbrighters


Website information obtained from http://eca.state.gov/fulbright