The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship. - J. William Fulbright
The Fulbright Program is the largest and most acclaimed international exchange program in the world. As a part of this world-wide program, the Cambodia-U.S. Fulbright Program is an official educational exchange between the people of Cambodia and the United States "to provide exchange in educational fields based on equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit." Under the program's auspices, Cambodian and American educators, researchers, professionals and students pursue study, research and teaching in each other's countries.
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices, and CEOs.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the United States Congress. Foreign governments and private organizations contribute through cost-sharing and indirect support, such as salary supplements, tuition waivers, university housing, etc.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Board is a presidentially-appointed, independent body that formulates the policies, procedures, and selection criteria which govern the Fulbright Program. Currently, the Program operates in 140 countries, including 51 countries with binational Fulbright Commissions and Foundations. A number of private, cooperating organizations also assist with the administration of the Program.
The term "Fulbright Program" encompasses a varierty of exchange programs, including both individual and institutional grants. Please follow the appropriate link below or on the right for more information.
Fulbright Student Fellowship Program for Cambodian Students
A mainstay of America's public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master's Degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world's finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values. Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service.
Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Every year, Fulbright offers over 1,200 American grantees the ability to study abroad. Fulbright Student Grants are available to more than 140 countries worldwide. This program offers one academic year of study, research or teaching assistantship experience. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts. Please visit Institute of International Education (IIE) website for more information.
Fulbright Scholar Program for U.S. Lecturers
U.S. Lecturers come to Cambodia not only to teach courses, advise students, work closely with Cambodian faculty, and enrich the American Studies programs of participating universities, but also to learn more about the country, its people and its culture so that they may return to the United States better able to teach others about Cambodia. To fulfill the goals of the program, this mutual exchange must benefit both the host university and the U.S. Lecturers. For more information, please visit the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) website. Please visit Fulbright Scholar Program for more information.
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program
The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides short-term grants of two to six weeks for U.S. faculty and professionals to collaborate on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities with their host institution(s). To be eligible for an award, the scholar must first apply to be included in the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Roster. The potential host university must then initiate an award application requesting a specialist for a particular project. Interested Cambodian universities should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information. Scholars should contact CIES.