Getting to know the Fulbright Scholar Program

FSU Fulbright Scholars have been in the news lately. Do those news stories make you wonder why your colleagues want to be a Fulbright Scholar? Are you unsure about the opportunities a Fulbright fellowship brings? Well, if all the cheering around FSU’s designation as a Top Producer of Faculty Fulbrights has got you thinking that you need to learn more about Fulbright, you are in the right place.

The Fulbright Program is a United States Cultural Exchange Program that was founded in 1946 by then- Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The goal of this program is to improve intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy and intercultural competence between the people of United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Basically, the program works in two ways: U.S. citizens may receive funding to go to a foreign country (U.S. Student Program, U.S. Scholar Program, Teacher Exchange Program, etc.) and non-U.S. citizens may come to the U.S. (Foreign Student Program, Visiting Scholar Program, Teacher Exchange Program, etc.).

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides American college and university faculty and administrators as well as professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars the opportunity to teach and conduct research in over 125 countries. Scholars benefit from this program in many ways. One of them is the enhanced appreciation of the global impact of their academic specializations as well as a reinvigorated classroom presence. This program not only influences and benefits the participant, but it also creates a “multiplier effect” by infusing cross-cultural perspectives into curricula, revitalizing teaching methods and opening doors for international colleagues and students. Just imagine how big of an impact this program could have over each one of us, our students and the university as a whole.  

The world is a huge place, full of opportunities, learning, experiences, and growth. So, why not explore it while doing what you love? Fulbright offers you a life-changing opportunity of growing inside your field of expertise, getting to know fellow scholars from different parts of the world while also exploring different cultures and places. The program opens the door for a more inclusive and diverse environment at Florida State.

With more nearly 470 Faculty Scholar grants in over 125 countries provided annually, there is a place for you to be a Fulbright scholar and represent Florida State University just like our nine faculty scholars who were awarded Fulbright grants for 2018-2019. These nine faculty scholars not only got to teach and conduct research in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Malawi, France, Italy, Canada, Denmark and Israel. They also led FSU to be named one of the nation’s top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars by the U.S. State Department as we ranked #2 in the nation. Go Noles!

If you are thinking of applying but don’t really know how or where to start, we’ve got your back! Keep an eye on our social media to see and register for our next Fulbright Scholar Application workshop. Or, contact Peggy Wright-Cleveland: We hope you will become one of our future Fulbright scholars!

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