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Fulbright Association

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Fulbright Association
Fulbright Association logo RGB.jpg
FormationFebruary 27, 1977; 44 years ago (1977-02-27)[1]
Legal statusfoundation
Headquarters1900 L Street NW, Suite 302 Washington DC, 20036

Established on February 27, 1977, the Fulbright Association is a private, nonprofit organization whose members are Fulbright Program alumni and friends of international education. The association supports and promotes international educational and cultural exchange and the ideal most associated with the Fulbright name—mutual understanding among the peoples of the world.

Brief history

The Fulbright Association engages current and former Fulbright exchange participants in lifelong experiences that advance international understanding through volunteer service to communities, people-to-people diplomacy, and dialogue on global issues. Fulbright Association members form the active constituency for Fulbright exchanges to ensure that they continue to benefit future generations.

The association has led to the development of similar membership associations across the globe. The U.S. Fulbright Association's interest and ability to further a global network of Fulbright alumni associations was formally recognized in 1983 by the executive directors of Fulbright Commissions in Europe and Israel in the following resolution: "We recognize that the experience and support of former Fulbrighters can help to maintain the high quality of the Fulbright Program in the future; we shall assist the formation and activities of Fulbright alumni within our respective countries; and we shall encourage their cooperation with the Fulbright Alumni Association of the United States of America."[2] The Fulbright Association also conducts outreach in local communities and classrooms in the U.S., and hosts an annual conference.


The Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

The J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, established in 1993, is awarded by the Fulbright Association to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, or nations to greater understanding of others. To communicate the importance of the Fulbright Program, the association developed three signature events. In October 1993, the association awarded the inaugural prize to former South African President Nelson R. Mandela in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Association has selected as Fulbright Prize laureates four world leaders—Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Martti Ahtisaari—before they were named Nobel Peace Prize laureates.[3] The Coca-Cola Foundation co-sponsored the Fulbright Prize from 1993-2008 and contributed to the Prize Endowment initiative begun under the chairmanship of the late John B. Hurford, Fulbright scholar to India. In 1993, the Fulbright Association also held the first special event benefit in its history, an 88th Birthday Tribute to Senator Fulbright. The benefit involved President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in paying tribute to Senator Fulbright through the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Person Year Country
Nelson Mandela 1993  South Africa
Jimmy Carter 1994  United States
Franz Vranitzky 1995  Austria
Corazon Aquino 1996  Philippines
Václav Havel 1997  Czech Republic
Patricio Aylwin 1998  Chile
Mary Robinson 1999  Ireland
Martti Ahtisaari 2000  Finland
Kofi Annan 2001  Ghana
Sadako Ogata 2002  Japan
Fernando Henrique Cardoso 2003  Brazil
Colin Powell 2004  United States
Bill Clinton 2006  United States
Desmond Tutu 2008  South Africa
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2010  United States
Médecins Sans Frontières 2012  France
Hans Blix 2014  Sweden
Richard Lugar 2016  United States
Angela Merkel 2018  Germany

Lifetime Achievement Award

The first Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medals were awarded in 2000 to Fulbright alumni Arlene Alda,[4] Barbara Knowles Debs, and Richard A. Debs. The Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal honors Fulbright alumni whose distinguished careers and civic and cultural contributions seek to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy, and perception. Recipients of the Medal show exemplary commitments to creative leadership and liberal education.

Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture for International Scholarship on Dance was created through a generous bequest by the late dance scholar and historian Dr. Selma Jeanne Cohen, who was a Fulbright scholar in Russia in 1976.[5] The Fulbright Association administers the endowed Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund lecture, a presentation at the association's annual conference about previously unpublished research in dance history or other areas of dance scholarship. With annual funding for the past 15 years from the U. S. Department of State, the association has awarded funds to chapters to provide more than 150 local enrichment events and activities annually for Fulbright visiting students, teachers and scholars from abroad. These funds have also supported chapter mentoring and Fulbright Program outreach efforts. In 2004, the Fulbright Association responded to requests of international alumni to hold annual conferences outside the United States.

Annual conference

The association holds its annual conference abroad in even years and in the United States in odd years. International conferences have been held in Athens (2004), Morocco (2006), Beijing (2008), Buenos Aires (2010), and London (2012). The 2018 meeting is scheduled for Puebla, Mexico.


The Fulbright Association currently has approximately 10,000 individual members. About one-third of these are life members. To facilitate interaction and discussion on global issues, the association has launched an online community for Fulbright alumni and has increased the functionality of that network with a redesigned web site. Approximately 230 institutional members support the Fulbright Association. These include colleges, universities, and international educational organizations throughout the country. Our 50 local chapter affiliates hold programs for visiting Fulbrighters and alumni throughout the country. The Fulbright Association connects to 70 independent Fulbright Associations in other countries.

See also


  1. ^ "About the Fulbright Association". Fulbright Association. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "History of the Fulbright Association". Fulbright Association. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "President Carter Receives Second Annual Fulbright Prize". Retrieved 13 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Arlene Alda Captures In Book 'Last Days Of MASH'". Herald-Journal. 24 June 1984. p. 19. Retrieved 13 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Fulbright Association - Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance". Duke University. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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