The Fulbright Program
For more than 70 years, since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given hundreds of thousands of passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields of study the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. We believe that by living and learning together with people of different cultures, we can shape a more positive vision for our communities and our world. Our mission is vital: to forge lasting connections counter misunderstandings and help people and nations work together toward common goals.
Fulbrighters live and learn together with people of different countries and become part of a global network that fosters mutual understanding between nations, shares knowledge across communities, and create lasting connections to build a more peaceful world. Fulbright aims to enrich educations, advance careers, and make meaningful contributions. After they return home, they join thousands of alumni serving as leaders across the globe and in every field imaginable and share their stories to continue the work they started abroad. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many areas and include 59 Nobel Prize recipients, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 37 who have served as head of state or government.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program:
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by bi-national Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, and cooperating agencies. All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by these offices. AMIDEAST is one of the cooperating agencies contracted by the U.S. Department of State to administer the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa.
The scholarship is a merit-based award that provides up to two years of funding for graduate-level study or research at a U.S. university. For over four decades, AMIDEAST has been placing students from across the MENA region into universities throughout the United States, providing support and assistance to students on the program and working with alumni. AMIDEAST continues today to support countless Fulbrighters who have successfully completed their grants in the United States. Learn more about the Fulbright Program and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Interested in learning more about the Fulbright Program for the Middle East and North Africa? Visit our How to Apply page to learn more about eligibility and the application process.