The J. William Fulbright program, established in 1946, was created to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world. Today, the Fulbright program is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the world. Hundreds of Fulbright alumni worldwide currently hold top positions in government, higher education, journalism, and the private sector. Thirty nine Fulbright alumni from eleven countries are recipients of the Nobel Prize (including Muhammad Yunus and Milton Freidman), eighteen alumni have served as heads of state or government (including former Brazilian President Cardoso and former Swedish Prime Minister Carlsson), and a Fulbright alumnus has served as Secretary-General of the United Nations (Boutros Boutros-Ghali).
Fulbright grants are awarded through open and merit-based competition. This ensures the most qualified applicants are fairly chosen in a way that contributes to the main goal of the program, to promote mutual understanding and benefit through contributions to both host and home communities.
There are currently four Fulbright programs open to citizens of Kazakhstan:
- The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program brings foreign scholars to conduct post-doctoral research for up to ten months at U.S. colleges and universities.
- The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students and young professionals from abroad to study in the United States, thereby earning a master’s degree.
- The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program provides opportunities for young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture and society, while strengthening the instruction of their native language at colleges and universities in the United States.
- The Hubert H. Humphrey Program brings outstanding mid-career professionals from the developing world and societies in transition to the United States for one year. Fellows participate in a non-degree program of academic study and gain professional experience.
The U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan is now accepting applications for the following Fulbright programs: