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Welcome to the Fulbright Academy

For sixty years, Fulbright scholars have been advising businesses, governments, and other organizations on a broad range of science and technology issues.  Since its creation in 1946, the goal of the exchange program has been to honor top scientists and promising young professionals by providing opportunties to conduct research and share their knowledge, while also serving a broader public interest - increasing mutual understanding among nations.

A grass-roots organization established by alumni of that exchange program, the Fulbright Academy continues that dual mission. The Academy  started operations in 2003 as a volunteer-based initiative.  Since then, we have grown to be a fully-staffed non-profit 501-c-3 organization.  Today, we have individual and institutional members in more than 50 countries.  Our institutional members are listed elsewhere on this website.  Copies of our annual reports are available on-line (see box at right)

Many of our activities are outlined in the programs section of this website.  Other activities are highlighted in the newsletter.  For more information about our community of members, our programs, and joining the Academy, please call the Fulbright Academy at +1-207-799-3098. 


Here are some the leading alumni who have attended our conferences and programs. Due to space limitations, this list could not include the many leaders in the academic community - deans, associate deans, provosts, presidents, and distinguished professors. 

  • Ambassador Anthony Chorba, Former Ambassador of the US to Singapore
  • Dr. Gordon Bell, Principal Researcher, Microsoft
  • Dr. Yehuda Danon, Former Surgeon General of the State of Israel
  • Ambassador Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz, Former Ambassador of El Salvador to the United Kingdom
  • Dr. David Lightfoot, Head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, US National Science Foundation
  • Ms. Ana Maria Majano, Former Minister of Environment in El Salvador 
  • Dr. Dan McCleese, Chief Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Dr. Norman Neureiter, Director of the AAAS Center for Science, Technology & Security Policy
  • Dr. Tanja Popovic, Chief Scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Dr. Moain Sadeq, Founding Head of the Palestinian Antiquities Agency
  • Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court
  • Mr. Philip Yeo, Chairman of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology & Research

Some of the international leaders who have attended our programs. These individuals are not Fulbright scholars, but they have hosted visiting scholars or work with Fulbright scholars, and so are interested in our community and programs.

  • Sir Harold Kroto, co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996
  • Dr. Saif Al Hajari, Vice Chair of the Qatar Foundation, Qatar
  • Dr. Eldredge Bermingham, Senior Staff Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama 
  • Dr. Rita Colwell, Former Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Julio Escobar, Director of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology & Innovation, Panama 
  • Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to the US Secretary of State
  • Ambassador Federico Humbert, Ambassador of Panama to the United States
  • Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Former Minister of Education, Singapore
  • Dr. Julia Royal, Director of International Programs, US National Library of Medicine
  • Ms. Latifa Tricha, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Morocco
  • Dr. John Van Oudenaren, Senior advisor for the World Digital Library Initiative at the US Library of Congress

A Review of Activities and Outcomes

Our Most Recent "Annual" Report
(34 page PDF file, covering the years 2009-2010) 

Annual Reports & Bulletins


Bright Ideas / FAST Forward


In 2005, 2006 and 2008, the Fulbright Academy held its Annual Meetings at the location of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The 2005 meeting was hosted by World Wildlife Fund at their conference center in downtown Washington, DC.  Our 2006 Annual Meeting was in St. Louis, and the 2008 Meeting was in Boston.  We have also gone overseas for our annual meetings. The 2007 meeting was in Panama City, Panama, 2009 was in Skopje, Macedonia, and 2010 meeting was in San Francisco. The 2011 Annual Meeting was in Heidelberg, Germany, on March 16, 2011, and the 2012 Annual Meeting was at the Colorado School of Mines on November 9, 2012.

Our meetings and programs are open to the public, and we look forward to meeting you in person.

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