In September 1945, J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sales of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.” One year later, President Harry S. Truman signed the Fulbright Act into law. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers citizens from over 140 countries the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the United States of America. Further, Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, working with a multitude of universities, government agencies, and private organizations to actively seek out individuals of achievement and potential. Globally, the program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study– to those that represent the full diversity of their respective societies– through open, merit-based competitions.
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