Fulbright Program Overview
Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world, offering programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds. These Fulbrighters enrich their educations, advance their careers—and make meaningful contributions abroad and at home. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, or classrooms, they share their stories and often continue the work they started abroad—and join thousands of alumni serving as leaders across the globe.
For more than 70 years, we’ve believed that by living and learning together with people of different cultures, we can shape a more positive vision of our communities and our world. Our mission is vital: to forge lasting connections, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals.
America’s flagship international exchange program, Fulbright, is managed globally in collaboration with 49 unique binational Fulbright Commissions and 110+ U.S. embassies. Through our unique international educational and cultural exchange programs, Fulbright’s diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni, and globe partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, shares knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the world.
One connection at a time, Fulbright brings people closer together and moves nations closer to a more peaceful world.
“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”
— by Senator J. William Fulbright
J. William Fulbright: Scholarships and Soft Power, Forum, BBC
Foundation for Scholarly Exchange
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan), supported by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE), and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is one of the 49 bilateral organizations in the world established specifically to administer the Fulbright educational exchange program. The other 100+ bilateral Fulbright programs are administered by U.S. embassies.
A world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict.
Developing Long-term Relationships
Enhancing Taiwanese-American Ties
Over the past 60+ years, the Foundation has financed over 1,600 Taiwan grantees to the U.S. and more than 1,700 U.S. grantees to Taiwan. In 1962, the Foundation began the U.S. Education Information Center providing Taiwan students with information about studying in the U.S. Starting in 2003 with 8 teachers, the Foundation began cooperating with Yilan County Government in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) project. Over 15 years, the partnerships have extended to Kaohsiung City, Kinmen County, Taichung City, Taipei City, NTCPA, Taitung County, Hualien County, and Changhua County. In 2020, 132 Fulbright ETAs serve in local schools.
Started in 2014, the Foundation developed its first strategic partners with the private sector and universities. The Formosa Plastics Group instituted a joint scholarship to support Taiwanese Scholars and Professionals in Early Intervention and Geriatric Health Promotion and provided financial support for Taitung ETAs. The Taiwan Cement Corporation joined in 2018 to support the ETA program. New MA and Ph.D. scholarships for Americans were instituted with National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Cheng Kung University, and National Taiwan Normal University.
60 Years of Educational Exchange
In 2017, the Foundation celebrated the 60 Years of Educational Exchange with a Fulbright Thought Leader Forum on the theme of “Leadership Challenge: Equity, Ethics, and Globalization.” In addition, the Ministry of Culture also instituted a joint scholarship to support Taiwanese Professionals in Arts Administration, Policy Research and Development, International Marketing in Art and Culture, and Copyright Policy Studies in Art and Culture. In all, up to 234 awards are now available for U.S. and Taiwan grantees.
Over the past 60 years, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) or Fulbright Taiwan has financed
over 3000 Taiwan and U.S. grantees for educational and cultural exchange.
Refer to Selection & Annual Reports, Facts & Numbers, and Special Projects to learn more about the
continued vibrancy of educational exchange.
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Kinmen, NTCPA, Taitung,
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1,600 Taiwanese Alumni
Over the past 60 years, the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) or Fulbright Taiwan has financed over 3000 Taiwan and U.S. grantees for educational and cultural exchange.
Refer to Selection & Annual Reports, Facts & Numbers, and Special Projects to learn more about the continued vibrancy of educational exchange.
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and cultural exchange
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1,600 Taiwanese Alumni
Board of Directors
William Brent Christensen
American Institute in Taiwan
U.S. Member, Chair
Chinese Language and Area Studies School, American Institute in Taiwan
Andy Cheu-An Bi
Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education
William Joseph Eaton
Department of History, National Chengchi University
National Taiwan University
Cultural Affairs Officer
Public Diplomacy Section, American Institute in Taiwan
U.S. Member, Treasurer
Consular Section, American Institute in Taiwan
David P. Sun
Senior Executive Vice President
Cathay Financial Holdings
Endowed Chair in Creativity and Professor Emeritus
Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University
Vincent Chin-Hsiang Yao
Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Randall L. Nadeau
Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan)
Current Grantee Profiles
Fulbrighter: A global community
Fulbrighter is the exclusive online networking platform where members can connect, network, engage and collaborate with the global community of Fulbright alumni and grantees. Launched in August 2019, it already has 11,000+ registered Fulbrighters.