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NOVEMBER 2016

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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.

COVER STORY

Fulbright Programat 70:

The Foreign Service

Connection

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.

T

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-

tional connections.

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

fields.

Today China, India, Mexico and Pakistan boast some of the largest

Fulbright programs in theworld, with Pakistan having the largest.