On August 1, 1946, President Harry Truman enacted legislation authorizing the international scholarship program bearing the name of Senator J. William Fulbright . Now, some sixty-five years later, Senator Fulbright's dream is a powerful reality. With more than 300,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 150 countries, the Fulbright program is the gold standard in academic exchange and a leader in public diplomacy.
The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. Fulbright Canada, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary , provides support to students, scholars, teachers, and independent researchers through a variety of programs which are open to individuals in all academic fields with the exception of medical training.
The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.
The Foundation administers the prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, which includes the traditional student program , the Fulbright International Science and Technology Program , the Fulbright Canada STEM Program , the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program , the traditional scholars program , the Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program , the Fulbright Canada Government of Canada mid-career professional program , and the Fulbright NEXUS Program . The Foundation also administers the Killam Fellowships Program, a program specifically designed to support undergraduate exchange between and among Canadian and American students.
Educational exchange allows for the development of our future leaders, it encourages a more nuanced appreciation of each other, and it contributes to a more thoughtful and more reasoned public policy debate in both countries.