The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Our office helps Lehigh faculty and staff pursue Fulbright appointments overseas and hosts international Fulbright students and scholars at Lehigh. Lehigh students interested in the Fulbright Program should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising.
Hosting Fulbright students and scholars is a time honored tradition at Lehigh. These exemplary individuals from around the world have called our university home for more than a decade. As a testimony to Lehigh’s dedication to the Fulbright program, Mrs. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, widow of the program’s namesake, visited campus in October of 1997 and March of 2012 to personally thank the faculty and staff for opening so many doors to program participants.
From the out-going perspective, Lehigh has had more than 20 faculty and staff members win Fulbright scholarships since 1988. Our most recent Fulbrighters were Drs. Tom Hyclak and David Small. Dr. Hyclak researched economics in Poland, and Dr. Small continued his archaeological research in Greece.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It's sponsored by the the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Approximately 294,000 "Fulbrighters," 111,000 from the United States and 183,000 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception over sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually. Currently, the program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.