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  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    "International education exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that nations can learn to live in peace." —J. William Fulbright

    The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His proposal was approved by Congress and was signed into law by President Truman in 1946.

    Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception, more than 250,000 participants—chosen for their leadership potential—have had the opportunity to observe other nations' political, economic, and cultural institutions.

    The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

    Each spring, International Student Services administers a series of information sessions for students to promote the Fulbright Program and answer questions about the application process. One session is conducted by a representative from IIE, who answers specific questions. For a list of upcoming sessions, see Related Links.

    ISS at The New School

    • Acts as a liaison between divisions and the IIE
    • Orders and posts publicity materials, application materials, and supplementary information
    • Conducts a publicity campaign
    • Organizes meetings with Walter Jackson, IIE representative for Fulbright U.S. Student Programs, to discuss Fulbright opportunities for students
    • Collects basic information about potential applicants and transmits it to divisions
    • Acts as a receiving agent for applications and other forms
    • Provides logistical support for division leaders

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