Fulbright Program, an American-based scholarship program for competitive and merit-based grants for international educational exchange, is going through a serious phase of trouble these days. In a latest development, one of the world’s most sought after scholarship platforms, is currently at the verge of a major crisis because of the latest budget allocation in the US.
The recent budget proposal submitted by the management of Fulbright Program has a reduction of 47% for the fiscal year 2018. The decline in the budget of the program will result in elimination of a number of grants. As a direct consequence, the move will severely hurt many countries including Pakistan.
It is relevant to state that even though Fulbright Program has been faced quite a few budget cuts in the recent years; but it has still managed to maintain a stable funding.
Petition initiated to restore funding
As a reaction to the reduction in the budget, a petition has been filed to retrieve the funding of the program back to where it was originally i.e. $250 million level.
The chief reason for commencing the petition has been to ensure the continuity of the 71-years rich history of the program. It has assisted tens of thousands of international artists, professionals, scholars, scientists, students and teachers.
Former graduates have initiated this support program. It contains a sample letter along with a phone script to assist the supporters so that they can electronically send their message to their congressional representatives.
In order to support the Fulbright Program, the cause advocates are expected to:
- Register for national conference
- Become a part of Fulbright’s social media campaign by using #StandForFulbright hashtag
- Associate with Fulbright Association Chapter
- Get in touch with their college or university’s federal relations office
You can also sign an online petition by clicking here.