About

The German Fulbright Alumni Association brings together internationally oriented students, scholars, and practitioners from a wide range of academic fields and areas of professional expertise. Most of our members have spent a year in the United States with a Fulbright grant.

We are guided by the idea of the program’s founder, Senator J. William Fulbright, to bring together people of different nations and contribute to world peace through better international understanding.

Based on personal and educational experience, it is the overriding mission of the German Fulbright Alumni association to

  • strengthen and support cross-cultural contacts and exchange between Fulbrighters from all around the world;
  • encourage dialogue and interaction between international scholars, experts, and activists on topics important to the political, social, and cultural life of nations.

The Fulbright Program

The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright’s visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange.

The Fulbright Program is a truly global endeavor, providing exchanges between the United States and over 180 countries and territories worldwide. More than fifty permanent commissions support the work of the Fulbright Program on the binational level, among them the German-American Fulbright Commission. Annually more than 4,500 scholars, American and foreign, participate in the Fulbright exchange. Since the inception of the Fulbright Program in 1946, it has sponsored over a quarter of a million scholars.

The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program, has sponsored over 40,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952.

The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. This core program is complemented by academic year programs for professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and journalists; summer internship programs for students; and seminars for experts in university administration and German and American Studies.