The Fulbright Scholar Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8000 grants annually, and approximately 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program since 1946.
“Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for mankind. Fostering these – leadership, learning and empathy between cultures – was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program that I was privileged to sponsor in the U.S. Senate.”
The Fulbright Association of Singapore, F.A. (S), has been involved in promoting the objectives of the Fulbright program in various ways, notably the following:
- selecting deserving and bright scholars for the Fulbright exchange program to the U.S.
- hosting Fulbrighters from the U.S. by means of the FAS-Friends Program
- organising an Annual Dinner for Fulbright returnees and friends of F.A. (S)
- holding the F.A. (S) ‘In-Town’ talks series on topical subjects