The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for master's degree or PhD study at US universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world's finest minds to US campuses,and offers program participants insight into US society and values.
More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter US academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or US Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.
Established in 1946 by the US Department of State, the program awarded approximately six thousand grants in 2008, at a cost of more than $275.4 million. These were awarded to US students, teachers, professionals and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 155 countries, as well as to their foreign counterparts so they could engage in similar activities in the United States.
The Fulbright Program receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing.
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.
For more information, see http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org
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