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Fulbright Scholars

Fulbrighters Making a Difference throughout the World

As of 2013

More than 300,000 Fulbrighters from approximately 180 countries have participated in the Fulbright Program since it began in 1946.

Some 300 Bolivian professionals have participated in the Fulbright Program.

Hundreds of Fulbright alumni worldwide currently hold top positions in government, higher education, journalism, law, and the private sector.

18 Fulbright alumni have served as a head of state or government. 

10 Fulbright alumni have been elected to the United States Congress.

20 Fulbright alumni have served as their country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

1 Fulbright alumnus has served as Secretary-General of the United Nations (Boutros Boutros-Ghali)

1 Fulbright alumnus has served as Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO (Javier Solana)

“Fulbright provided me the bridge to cross. I saw how things can be done differently in a different society….I learned lessons which stood me in good stead when building up the Grameen Bank.” – Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, A Fulbright student to Vanderbilt University in 1965, was the 2006 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He shared the award with the Grameen Bank, which he founded. Yunus and the Bank were given the Prize for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.

43 Fulbright alumni from eleven countries are recipients of the Nobel Prize. 

60 Fulbright alumni are recipients of the Pulitzer Prize.

22 Fulbright alumni are recipients of MacArthur Foundation “genius” awards.

14 Fulbright alumni are recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1 Fulbright alumnus is a recipient of an Olympic gold medal

 “The Fulbright Program is a dynamic force for positive transformation as it builds mutual understanding among the peoples of the world, and it does so one exchange at time.” Steven J. Uhlfelder – Chair, William Fulbright Scholarship Board

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