Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge, and skills. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
Each year, approximately 1,900 grants are awarded to US citizens to conduct research, study, and teach abroad and an equal number of grants to foreign students to engage in similar activities in the U.S. The Fulbright program offers opportunities for recently graduated students, postgraduate students, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research in more than 140 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright Program aligns perfectly with the University’s vision and mission to internationalize the campus and also contributes to the strategic goals of the University.
- Promoting student success to transform lives: The Fulbright Program opens opportunities for students that would not be available otherwise. Awardees gain access to a community of scholars, gain knowledge of additional funding opportunities, and forge lasting collaborations with researchers and teachers abroad.
- Developing and transferring new knowledge: Some Fulbright recipients teach English abroad, where they learn innovative teaching techniques and gain the experience of teaching within a different culture. Others perform research, which is an opportunity for international scholarly collaboration that may not have been possible otherwise.
What is the Fulbright Academy?
The Fulbright Academy is the online location and clearinghouse that oversees all the news, activities, and publicity for the University of Utah Fulbright Program. In additional to listing the deadlines for the Fulbright program, contact information, and all the workshops and seminars, the Fulbright Academy also will provide biographies of the current Fulbrighters and a list of past recipients. Current Fulbrighters also will be able to post their blogs and photos from their Fulbright year within the Fulbright Academy. The Academy also will host quarterly presentations by previous Fulbright scholars and students and organize social events for everyone interested in the Fulbright program.
The U’s Fulbright Academy will collaborate with the Office for Global Engagement, the Graduate School, and other partners to increase opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to engage in intercultural exchange. The Fulbright Academy will be the home of all Fulbright activities, events, programs and a gathering place for those interested in the program and for returning Fulbright grantees. Moreover, the Fulbright Academy will help the University in expanding its global presence and worldwide impact.
A Message from the University of Utah Fulbright Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright Program! Whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student or faculty or staff at the University of Utah, I encourage you to explore the opportunities of a Fulbright Award and to learn about how you can apply. As a recipient of three Fulbright Scholar Awards, I can attest to the benefits and wonderful experiences provided by these awards. As a result of my Fulbright awards, I have conducted research that led to many publications and have taught classes in three different countries during my Fulbright awards. As an alumnus of the Fulbright program, I want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about the Fulbright program.
Each year, as the Director of the Fulbright Program, I organize information sessions and workshops on the different aspects of this program. I also am available to meet with you individually. Please look for these sessions and workshops and become familiar with the Fulbright Program. You can find a Fulbright event list on this page.
I want to thank the Office for Global Engagement and the Graduate School for their strong support of the Fulbright Program. The OGE focuses on global learning, scholarship, and cross-cultural engagement opportunities for students and faculty. Fulbright awards directly support these opportunities. The Graduate school seeks to provide external funding for graduate students and to maximize their opportunities to study, teach, or conduct research abroad.
We had a fantastic year in 2014-15. Six of our student applicants received a Fulbright Award. In 2015-16, four students received a Fulbright Award. You can read their bios on this page. We are encouraged by the growth in applications and in awards and we want to build on our recent success. Be part of this growth and apply for a Fulbright!
Please contact me with any questions:
Prof. Howard Lehman
Director of the Fulbright Program and
Professor of Political Science
University of Utah
Howard Lehman, Ph.D., Fulbright Program Director and Professor of Political Science. He is the author of two books and two dozen journal and book chapter publications. His classes include Introduction to International Politics, Globalization and World Politics, the International Politics of Africa, and the International Leadership Academy. He has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards: Slovakia (1994-5), Japan (2002-3), and Austria (2015).