The U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program exemplifies the important role that universities can play in public diplomacy. Established in 1946, the Program was the brainchild of Senator J. William Fulbright, who believed that educational exchange opportunities increased mutual understanding between nations and encouraged cooperative solutions to global problems.
With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 279,500 participants-chosen for their leadership potential-with the opportunity to observe each other's, political, economic, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark upon joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.
UGA is proud of the many faculty members who have participated in Fulbright programs over the years and highly encourages others who are interested to apply.
Fulbright Opportunities for UGA Scholars and Administrators
The best known Fulbright opportunity is the traditional program, which each year sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries for two months to an academic year. But there are many other programs including short- and long-range placements (about one-third of which emphasize research and the rest lecturing or a combination of lecturing and research), as well as opportunities for staff. Grant benefits vary by country, program, and type of award, and application deadlines also vary. Complete information and application forms are available at the official Fulbright website. The UGA contact for faculty and staff wishing to pursue Fulbright is Kasee Laster, Director of Education Abroad, 706-542-5544.
Untenured faculty, professionals outside of academe, academic administrators, independent scholars, artists, and professionals from the private and public sectors such as lawyers, journalists, and government officials, are encouraged to apply.
For a quick overview of awards for U.S. scholars, download the brochure "What a Difference a Fulbright Makes."
If you are a Fulbright alumna/us, you may wish to join the Fulbright Association.