Historically Black colleges and universities are leaders in Fulbright Program

The U.S. Department of State recognized 19 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as institutional leaders in its premier educational exchange, the Fulbright Program.

“The recognition is based on strong partnership between the State Department’s Fulbright Program and HBCUs during the past two academic years and is part of the larger White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through HBCUs,” the State Department’s Office of the Spokesperson said September 19.

By this recognition, the United States hopes to continue the Fulbright Program’s legacy of leading international education efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.

What is the Fulbright Program?

Each year, the Fulbright Program awards 8,000 fellowships for U.S. citizens to study, teach and conduct research abroad and for citizens of other countries to do academic exchanges in the United States. Since its start in 1946, over 400,000 people from more than 160 countries have participated in the program.

In the past two academic years, 96 U.S. and international Fulbright recipients either came from or were placed at 33 HBCUs throughout the United States.

Fulbright recipients come from diverse backgrounds. The program selects students, scholars, teachers, professionals and artists through an open, merit-based competition, without consideration of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The State Department said its recognition of the 19 HBCUs illustrates that a “hallmark of the Fulbright Program is its long-standing commitment to diversity, striving to ensure that its participants reflect U.S. society and societies abroad.”