Becoming a Fulbrighter means you have joined a very special group of more than 250,000 alumni in approximately 140 countries who, since 1946, have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, and especially professors and teachers who have influenced thousands of others. You have been awarded a Fulbright grant not only for your academic and/or professional excellence but because of your leadership potential. While each grantee has a specific teaching, research or professional project to pursue, it is important to recognize that all Fulbrighters ultimately promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and other nations. In this sense, Fulbrighters are "cultural ambassadors" to their host countries and active and involved members of their communities upon returning home.
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, What it Means to be a Fulbrighter
Many Fulbright organizations highlight their illustrious alumni, while the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology tracks alumni according to their disciplines. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell described some of the most remarkable careers, when he received the 2004 Fulbright Award. Most Fulbrighters are neither prominent CEOs, politicians, Nobel laureats nor Pulitzer Prize winners, but they contribute significantly in many different ways towards making this world a better place.
The Atlantic Review -- a press digest on transatlantic affairs edited by three German Fulbright Alumni -- has started the following directory of Fulbrighters working for good causes like peace and mutual understanding, poverty eradication, public health, disaster relief, environmental protection, human rights, fighting discriminations, etc. We would like to increase awareness for these projects and for Fulbrighters, who either regularly volunteer their free time or devote their careers to the realization of such good causes by working for non-profit NGOs. We also include extraordinary projects for good causes that were organized during the Fulbright fellowship/scholarship.
Started in February 2006, this directory consists already of the following projects and is expected to grow significantly. Subscribers of the Atlantic Review will be notified of major updates to this directory.
Kybele: Improving Childbirth Conditions around the world
Global Rights: Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons
David Furman: Art for an impoverished community in Peru
The Oregon Alumni Association: The Native Speakers Program in Germany
Karren e.V.: Integration of people with intellectual disabilities in Germany
Sustainable Development: Ecovillage and Local Agenda 21 in Germany
Centro Integral de Justicia: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Venezuela
Nida: Continuing Education for English teachers in Rural areas in Poland
co2online: Saving energy in Germany and elsewhere
AEGEE: European Integration
Demologue: Digital Democracy for the Developing World (New addition)
Helping people with poor eyesight (Now in English and German)
Everybody is invited to comment on all projects here.
If you are a Fulbright Alumnus and would like to present your project or organization dedicated to similar good cause, please contact us.
If you would like to support or cooperate with any of these projects, organizations and need to get in touch with the Fulbrighters mentioned in this directory, you can contact us as well since we would love to help you connect and network with each other. We also appreciate support of the Atlantic Review and this specific project in particular.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901 - 1978)
Our future is not in the stars but in our minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind.
Peace does not consist merely of a solemn declaration or a well-drafted Constitution. The making of peace is a continuing process that must go on from day to day, from year to year, so long as our civilization shall last.
Senator Fulbright, Senate address, March 28, 1945
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