THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Members of the Foreign Service, some of them Fulbright alumni, play a crucial role
in the continuing success of this singular U.S. exchange program.
Fulbright Programat 70:
The Foreign Service
BY J EROME SHERMAN AND JAMES LAWRENCE
Jerome Sherman, a public diplomacy officer, is a student in the
second-year FSI Arabic language program in Amman, Jordan. Pre-
viously, he was a special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary
for academic programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, and he has also served in Jerusalem and Ciudad Juarez.
James A. Lawrence is a public affairs officer in the Office of
Academic Exchange Programs in the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs. He previously served in the Bureau of Consular
Affairs and the State Department Operations Center.
he Fulbright Program, celebrating its
70th anniversary this year, is recognized
as the flagship U.S. government educa-
tional exchange program and continues
to attract record numbers of applicants.
Approximately 8,000 individuals
from the United States and more than
160 other countries participate in the
program annually, returning home
to join a global alumni network of more than 370,000. Among
their ranks are 54 Nobel Prize recipients, 82 Pulitzer Prize win-
ners and 33 current or former heads of state or government.
Many thousands of others have had a major impact on their
local institutions and communities and in expanding interna-
Over the years,the Fulbright Program
has adapted and
diversified its models, areas of emphasis and applicant recruit-
ment to reflect a changing world and stakeholder interests. But
at the same time, it has maintained its fundamental principles,
such as a transparent, merit-based selection process. Once best
known for its awards to U.S. artistic luminaries, the program
now also makes about 30 percent of its awards in scientific
Today China, India, Mexico and Pakistan boast some of the largest
Fulbright programs in theworld, with Pakistan having the largest.