Founding the Fulbright Programme

The Fulbright Programme was founded by the late Senator J William Fulbright, with the aim of fostering mutual cultural understanding between both nations through educational exchange. The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948, and has since built on the legacy of the late Senator J. William Fulbright through its current grantees and alumni alike.


The global Fulbright Programme is one of the most prestigious awards programmes world-wide operating in over 150 countries, with over 300,000 global alumni. Of those, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and over 12,000 US nationals in the UK through the Fulbright Programme. Why not read more about the latest Fulbright grantees on the Commission's Meet Our Fulbrighters page?

Truman signing Fulbright Act

President Harry Truman signing the Fulbright Act, 1st August, 1946. 

Senator Fulbright Book

Senator J. William Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright Programme. 









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