The Fulbright Program was created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State inaugurated the J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) in academic year 2012-13. Formerly the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the award was renamed to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication to public service and role in the program’s creation. This fellowship is still a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments for one academic year. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.
Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.
Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands on experience in the public sector while also carrying out related academic projects for 8 hours per week. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to: agriculture, communications, economic development, education, energy, environment, information technology, international relations, justice, public finance, public health.
The partner country governments include: African Union, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa and Timor-Leste.
Candidates for a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship:
A Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship application consists of the following:
Complete Embark Fulbright U.S. Student Online Application
Applicants focus on one country and may list an alternative country, and will be considered for the participating country based on the candidate’s qualifications and individual country requirements.
Other Fulbright Awards: