Exchanges between the U.S. and the world; German-American Program.
The Fulbright Program has international outreach, providing exchanges between the U.S. and over 180 countries and territories worldwide. More than fifty permanent commissions support the work of the Fulbright Program on the binational level, among them the German-American Commission. Annually more than 4,500 scholars, American and foreign, participate in the Fulbright exchange. Since the inception of the Fulbright Program in 1946, it has sponsored over a quarter of a million scholars.
The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program, has sponsored over 40,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952. It implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: the promotion of mutual understanding between the United States and Germany through academic and bicultural exchange. The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. This core program is complemented by academic year programs for professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and journalists; summer internship programs for students; and seminars for experts in university administration and German and American Studies.
The program facilitates university study and research for two academic semesters at a German university. The grants usually begin in September. Depending on the academic level of the candidate, he or she may be able to pursue full-time study (graduating seniors) or independent research under the supervision of a German advisor (doctoral candidates). The Commission will arrange for university affiliation and set up academic contacts when necessary.