The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946 by the United States Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries," is the largest U.S. international exchange program. Funded primarily by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright awarded last year approximately 1,000 grants for study and research and over 800 grants for English teaching assistantships in more than 150 countries around the world.
Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research or graduate study, as well as teaching in elementary and secondary schools. These students and scholars study, lecture and conduct research in a number of fields ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy, business administration and zoology.
WMU alumni and faculty have received Fulbright grants for research or study in: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.