Fulbright Academy

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The Fulbright Academy, also known as the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology, was an international non-profit organization established by alumni of the Fulbright Exchange Program and others interested in science and technology innovation. It operated from 2005-2013, and Eric S. Howard served as its executive director. At the end of 2013, it merged with the Fulbright Association.


The Fulbright Academy was a virtual research institute and network, with board members and volunteers based in many countries. It had individual and institutional members worldwide. Individual members were in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and related fields. Institutional members included universities, corporations, foundations and government agencies.


The Fulbright Academy raised over $1.6 million to carry out its programs worldwide. Major funding come from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Qatar Foundation, Accenture, Monsanto, Singapore's Agency for Science Technology & Research, Panama's National Secretariat for Science Technology & Innovation, Morocco's Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, and the US National Science Foundation.

Annual Conferences[edit]

The Fulbright Academy facilitated dialogue among scholars and scientists by hosting annual conferences.

  • First Annual Conference (2006) - Berlin, Germany
  • Second Annual Conference (2007) - Panama City, Panama
  • Third Annual Conference (2008) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Fourth Annual Conference (2009) - Skopje, Macedonia
  • Fifth Annual Conference (2010) - San Francisco, California, USA
  • Sixth Annual Conference (2011) - Heidelberg, Germany
  • Seventh Annual Conference (2012) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Eighth Annual Conference (2013) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Specialist Workshops and Programs[edit]

In 2008, the Academy received a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of State for its work on science diplomacy with North Africa. In 2010, the Academy partnered with HarrisDirect on the publication of the first-ever directory of alumni and hosts of visiting scholars. In 2012, it played a leading role in the creation of "Thank You Fulbright", a global initiative the recognize the positive impact of the Fulbright Exchange Program and in launching the TEDxFulbright series.

The Fulbright Academy produced specialist conferences and workshops that led to changes in public policy.

  • Digital Libraries & Digital Access for North Africa (2007) - Rabat, Morocco
  • Nursing Education in the Middle East (2008) - Doha, Qatar
  • Futuropolis 2058: Future of Cities (2008) - Singapore
  • Corporate Sustainability (2010) - Madison, New Jersey, USA
  • Digital Libraries & Digital Access for North Africa (2011) - Washington, DC, USA
  • TEDxFulbright #1 (2012) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • TEDxFulbright #2 (2012) - Frankfurt, Germany

The Fulbright Academy was not involved in the selection of Fulbright scholars or in the administration of the Fulbright Exchange program.

External links[edit]

  • Ambassadors of Peace: Experiences of Pakistani and US Exchange Scholars, 2007, pg. 323-324, ISBN 0-595-42774-X
  • Beyond Boundaries: Reflections of Indian and US Scholars, 2007, pg. 561-562, ISBN 0-595-43644-7
  • Similarity in Diversity: Reflections of Malaysian and American Exchange Students, 2006, pg. 113-114. ISBN 0-595-42324-8.