The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by initiative of Senator J. William Fulbright, from Arkansas. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It offers the opportunity for future leaders to observe and understand the institutions, cultures and societies from other nations around the world. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has become the largest and most prestigious cultural exchange program worldwide. More than 250,000 grantees have benefited from the program, teaching, studying or conducting research projects in 140 countries. The program has a significant impact in the internationalization of the academic community, and contributes to the exchange of ideas and the resolution of problems for the benefit of citizens around the world.
The Fulbright Program, world-wide, is administered by the United States Department of State and supervised by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 presidentially-appointed members drawn from academic, cultural and public life. The Fulbright program is funded primarily by direct contributions from the government of the United States. The governments of the 140 countries that participate in the program, private institutions and individuals also contribute to the program.
The program is administered in each country by 53 bi-national Commissions. In some countries, the Fulbright Program is administered by the U.S. Embassy.
The Fulbright Program in Peru
The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Peru - Fulbright Commission is a binational non - profit institution established in 1956 by an agreement between the governments of the two countries. The Commission administers the prestigious Fulbright Program and offers the services of the Educational Advising Center for Peruvians interested in studying in the U.S. and Americans interested in studying in Peru.
The term "Fulbright Program" encompasses a variety of exchange programs, including several types of grants for Peruvian and American citizens.
Since its creation, the Fulbright Commission has granted more than 2,000 scholarships for Peruvian citizens and more than 1,000 scholarships for American citizens to study, teach and conduct research in the U.S. and Peru. The grants are offered on a rigorously competitive basis with grants awarded to individuals selected on the basis of academic excellence, professional qualifications and potential to contribute to the better understanding between the U.S. and Peru.
Few other opportunities enrich one´s personal life and career as does a Fulbright award. Living in a different culture, forming lasting partnerships with colleagues in Peru and in the United States and sharing new horizons are part of what has come to be known as the "Fulbright experience".
American grantees return to the U.S. to promote a better understanding of Peruvian culture and offer the possibility of establishing links between institutions from both countries.
Peruvian grantees enrich American educational institutions with their scholarship and return to Peru to contribute in a variety of disciplines, from humanities and arts to science, business and international relations.