Creating Mutual Understanding

A uniquely effective, global and flexible form of public diplomacy, the Fulbright Program enables participants from diverse cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds to create ties of understanding and respect between the United States and other countries.

A few of the programs that IIE manages in this area are highlighted below.

Fulbright is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding from foreign governments, higher education institutions, and private sector partners and donors. IIE and its Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) have been proud partners in the Fulbright Program since its start in 1946.

Fulbright Scholar ProgramFulbright Scholar Program

From community colleges to liberal arts colleges to research universities, administrators continue to make internationalizing their campuses a top priority. The Fulbright Scholar Program is a vital resource. In 2009, the Scholar Program sent over 850 U.S. faculty abroad and 850 scholars visited the United States to teach, conduct research and become more familiar with the diversity of U.S. higher education. An additional 400 U.S. scholars helped launch new programs, train faculty and build educational capacity abroad. The Scholar Program’s “multiplier effect” infuses cross-cultural perspectives into existing curricula, revitalizes teaching methods, encourages study abroad, and opens doors for colleagues to teach in new places.

Visit the Fulbright Scholar program site

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

In the past year, over 1,000 graduating seniors and young professionals received Fulbright grants to research or grants in 125 participating countries. The program received the highest number of applications in its history and awarded an all-time high number of awards.

In addition, over 500 recent graduates interacted face-to-face with young people in classrooms and communities through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. In 2009, this high-impact component of the Fulbright Program expanded to many new countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Georgia, Greece, Jordan, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Nepal, Norway, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Visit the Fulbright U.S. Student program site 

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Strong bi-partisan Congressional support enables the Fulbright Foreign Student Program to serve a diverse group of students and young professionals who engage in undergraduate, graduate and teaching assistant programs at U.S. colleges and universities. The placement of students at a wide variety of institutions in every U.S. state is testament to the long-term campus impact of Fulbright students.

Visit the Fulbright Foreign Student program site

Fulbright FLTAFulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

Building international and cultural bridges through language learning, the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program assists in the instruction of their native languages on campuses around the U.S. and left a lasting impact on their students and peers.

Visit the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program site

Hubert H. Humphrey Program (HHH)

HHH is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE. Since 1979, more than 4,200 Fellows have participated in the Program, hosted by 43 U.S. universities. The Fellowships provide a year of professional enrichment in the U.S. for experienced professionals from designated countries around the world.

Visit the Hubert H. Humphrey program site
    Program Spotlight
    • Fulbright

      The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty, administrators and professionals grants to teach or conduct research abroad.

    • Fulbright

      The U.S. Student program offers fellowships to U.S. students for study, research and teaching assistantships abroad.

    • Fulbright

      The Foreign Student program offers foreign students fellowships for study, research and teaching assistantships in the U.S.

    • Fulbright

      The Visiting Scholars Program supports the research and teaching of scholars visiting colleges and universities in the U.S.

    • Fulbright FLTA

      Enabling young educators to refine their teaching skills by serving as teaching assistants in foreign language classes.

    • Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program

      The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study & professional experience.


    Jonah Kokodyniak
    Deputy Vice President, Strategic Development
    Institute of International Education
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY 10017 USA
    Fax: +1 212.984.5401