"The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world." 

—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 then freshman 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." 

Today, the Fulbright Program offers a variety of individual and institutional grants. These prestigious grants are awarded on the basis of merit and allow individuals to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in other countries. 

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 85,000 U.S. Fulbrighters have traveled abroad to lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. More than 144,000 foreign citizens have come to the United States under Fulbright auspices.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Grand Valley State University supports this program and the Faculty Liaison is Mark Schaub, GVSU Chief International Officer. Please visit the links below to learn more about the Faculty Fulbright Program or visit the CIES Web site: 

For additional information, contact GVSU Campus Fulbright Representative:
Mark Schaub
Chief International Officer

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