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The Global Fulbright Legacy

When the late Senator J. William Fulbright sponsored legislation establishing the prestigious Fulbright Programme, which was signed into law by President Truman on 1, August 1946, he saw a world devastated by its newly acquired atomic power.

Remembering his own overseas experience as a Rhodes Scholar, the young senator reasoned that people and nations had to learn to think globally if the world was to avoid annihilation. He believed that if large numbers of people lived and studied in other countries, "they might develop a capacity for empathy, a distaste for killing other men and an inclination for peace."

From the outset, the Fulbright programme has been truly "academic", with respect for freedom and integrity that should characterise scholarly and intellectual discourse within and across national boundaries. It has produced several generations of leaders with broadened vision in the sciences, the arts, education, literature, business, the media and government.

In more than 60 years the Fulbright Programme has enabled

  • nearly half a million people from the U.S. and 140 other countries to live and study in another country

  • more than 176,000 foreign nationals to teach, research and study in the U.S.

  • more than 270,000 U.S nationals to undertake similar projects abroad