On September 14th, Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Green spoke at a reception in honor of Polish alumni of the Fulbright Program that the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission hosted in Warsaw. Academics from universities from all over Poland took part in the celebratory event. Both Deputy Chief of Mission Green and the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission Justyna Janiszewska encouraged alumni to promote the prestigious academic program in their communities and to deepen the public’s awareness of the value of the bilateral exchange program between Poland and the United States – a program that will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2019, making it one of the oldest Fulbright programs in the world. The officials also encouraged alumni to help each other professionally and apply the knowledge and experience they obtained during their Fulbright exchanges.
Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. It was initiated by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic exchange. So far over 370,000 students and scientists participated in the program in over 160 countries. In Poland, the Fulbright Program has offered scholarships since 1959 owing to joint financial effort of both countries: the USA and Poland. Since its conception, more than 4,000 Poles have participated in the program.
Why is it worth applying to the Fulbright Program? Fulbright scholars are awarded scholarships from four to nine months long, which allow them to study or do research at American universities – the best in the world, renowned for their academic excellence, high quality facilities and resources.
Fulbright is a life-changing experience, both in professional and personal lives. Fulbright scholars make contacts that last for many years, and their U.S. experience helps them progress in their careers.
The Fulbright Program is synonymous with excellence. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, arts and science, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. They have won 59 Nobel Prizes, and 84 Pulitzer Prizes. 37 Fulbright alumni have served as heads of state or government.
In Poland, Fulbright scholarships are awarded to researchers and students who are interested in pursuing master or doctoral studies in the USA.
You can find more information about scholarships and deadlines here.