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The Fulbright Prize honors the largest and most significant educational and cultural exchange program in history, as well as the career and spirit of its creator

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

The Fulbright Prize honors the largest and most significant educational and cultural exchange program in history, as well as the career and spirit of its creator, the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

The prize recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, or nations to greater understanding of others. The inaugural Fulbright Prize was awarded to former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1993.

The Prize is presented at a special ceremony during which the laureate makes a substantive address on his/her work and aspirations. Four recipients of the Fulbright Prize — Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Martti Ahtisaari — have later been named Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

2018 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding: Angela Merkel

 The Fulbright Association is pleased to announce that it will award the 2018 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. With this award, the Fulbright Association honors Chancellor Merkel for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual understanding, international cooperation, and peace.

The Fulbright Association believes that Chancellor Merkel embodies the best of leadership in times of unrelenting global crises and challenges. The Association is pleased to honor her as they have Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Corazon Aquino, Mary Robinson, Bill and Melinda Gates, and other Fulbright Prize Laureates.

Past Laureates

Call for Nominations: 2018 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

The call for nominations for the 2018 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding is now closed.

History of the Fulbright Prize

The Fulbright Prize was first awarded to Nelson Mandela in 1993 and most recently to Richard C. Lugar in 2016. The 2018 Prize will be awarded in early autumn 2018 in a ceremony and reception developed separately from the 41st Annual Fulbright Association Conference (which is slated to occur in November 2018). The Fulbright Association is grateful to the Coca Cola Company for its co-sponsorship from 1993-2008 and for its generous additions to the Prize Endowment initiative begun by the late John B. Hurford, Fulbright scholar to India. Committed alumni and friends of the Fulbright Program have added to the fund over the years.

Nomination Criteria

An International Selection Committee will determine the awardee from the nominations received based on these criteria:

Sustained distinction in any field which exemplifies the ideals of Senator Fulbright and the Fulbright Program in promoting understanding and peaceful dialogue among nations and in strengthening educational and cultural ties across borders.

Individuals, two or more persons in partnership, or not-for-profits dedicated to the pursuit of peace and understanding may be nominated.

Fulbright alumni are especially welcomed, but alumni status is not required.

The winner must attend the ceremony to deliver a substantive keynote address (up to 20 minutes) to Fulbright alumni and distinguished guests. (Note: Nominations will be ranked by the International Selection Committee. If the first place nominee is unable to confirm the schedule for the event, the committee will certify a second place nominee to be offered the Prize instead.)

Nomination Process

Nominations may not exceed two pages of text. In addition, please provide a page with biographical data and contact details such as title, current professional role, email, phone and address for the person or group you nominate. As a nominator, please provide in addition your email, telephone, and professional affiliation so that the Fulbright Association may contact you with regard to the nomination. Once the choice of Laureate has been made, your role in the nomination may be made public. We would hope you could attend the ceremony and reception to celebrate the 2018 Laureate although there is no funding available to support your attendance nor that of any member of the selection committee. All serve pro bono.

The two-page text (limit) should contain a compelling, informative case for the nominee as Prize Laureate, noting the connection between career and Fulbright ideals. It should be carefully written since this statement may serve as the basis for the citation conferring the Prize.

Should nominators wish to provide additional information, such as links to articles or other pertinent professional data, they may do so, but it will not be considered as part of the official nomination considered by the International Selection Committee.

Nominations will be kept confidential and forwarded only to the selection committee. The committee includes the chairperson, Fulbright Association president, and five distinguished members from around the world. They will confer electronically and serve pro bono. The identity of the committee members will be held in confidence until the laureate is announced.

Please submit nominations via email to with the subject line: Fulbright Prize Nomination 2018. The deadline to submit nominations is December 15, 2017. Nominating materials must be sent in .PDF format.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

The Fulbright Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Lifetime Achievement awardee, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, in recognition for her remarkable, contributions as a leader, diplomat, and public servant. President Grabar-Kitarović embodies the best of leadership in times of unrelenting global crises. She was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA in 2002-2003. The Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award honors Fulbright alumni whose distinguished careers and civic and cultural contributions have sought to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy, and perception. Recipients of the Award show exemplary commitments to creative leadership and liberal education. The Association started the Lifetime Achievements Awards program in 2000.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was elected President of the Republic of Croatia on 11 January 2015.

She was born 29 April 1968 in Rijeka, where she attended primary school. She completed secondary school in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States of America.

In 1993, she obtained a degree in English and Spanish from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, and in addition completed further education in Portuguese. In 1994, she completed the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and in 2000 obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. From 2002 to 2003, she was a Fulbright scholar on pre-doctoral research in international relations and security policy at the George Washington University, United States of America. At the time she was awarded the President’s Medal for scientific, social and political work. She was also a Lukšić Fellow in Senior Managers in Government Executive Program at the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard in 2009.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović began her career in 1992 in the Ministry of Science and Technology and in 1993 moved on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she held various positions – in 1995 she was Head of Department for North America, in 1997 she worked as Counsellor in the Croatian Embassy in Canada, later as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission.

From 2001 to 2003, she was Minister Counsellor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in November 2003 was elected Member of Parliament in the 7th electoral district. The same year, she was sworn in as Minister of European Integration, and in 2005 as Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, office she held until 2008. The major objective of her term was to lead Croatia on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration and she was Head of the State Delegation for Negotiations on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union.

In 2008, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović became Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America. In 2011, she was appointed NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, position she held until 2014, as the first woman Assistant Secretary-General ever in the history of NATO and the highest ranking woman in NATO.

In 2019, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović became the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of 75 current and former Presidents and Prime Ministers. It is the only organization in the world dedicated to women heads of state and government.

She is married and mother of two. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has some command of Italian, French and German.

Croatia - President Addresses General Debate, 74th Session

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, addresses the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 24 – 30 September 2019).

J. William Fulbright

James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995) was a United States Senator representing Arkansas from January 1945 until his resignation in December 1974. Fulbright is the longest serving chairman in the history of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A Southern Democrat and a staunch multilateralist who supported the creation of the United Nations, he was also a segregationist who signed the Southern Manifesto. Fulbright opposed McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee and later became known for his opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. His efforts to establish an international exchange program eventually resulted in the creation of a fellowship program which bears his name, the Fulbright Program.

Fulbright left the Senate in 1974, after being defeated in the Democratic primary by then-Governor Dale Bumpers. His well-documented stances on Vietnam, the Middle East, and Watergate were out of step with the Arkansan majority, and the senator's campaign powers had atrophied. Bumpers won by a landslide.[65] President Nixon mocked Fulbright's primary defeat while speaking to congressmen in the weeks following the loss.

At the time that he left the Senate, Fulbright had spent his entire 30 years in the Senate as the junior senator from Arkansas, behind John Little McClellan who entered the Senate two years before him. After his retirement, Fulbright practiced international law at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Hogan & Hartson from 1975–1993. On May 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Fulbright at his eighty-eighth birthday celebration from the Fulbright Association.

Death and legacy

Fulbright died of a stroke in 1995 at the age of 89 in Washington, D.C. A year later, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary dinner of the Fulbright Program held June 5, 1996 at the White House, President Bill Clinton said, "Hillary and I have looked forward for some time to celebrating this 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, to honor the dream and legacy of a great American, a citizen of the world, a native of my home state and my mentor and friend, Senator Fulbright."

Fulbright's ashes were interred at the Fulbright family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In 1996, The George Washington University renamed a residence hall in his honor. The J. William Fulbright Hall is located 2223 H Street, N.W., at the corner of 23rd and H Streets. The Hall received historic designations as a District of Columbia historic site on January 28, 2010, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 18, 2010.

On October 21, 2002, in a speech at the dedication of the Fulbright Sculpture at the University of Arkansas, Bill Clinton said,

I admired him. I liked him. On the occasions when we disagreed, I loved arguing with him. I never loved getting in an argument with anybody as much in my entire life as I loved fighting with Bill Fulbright. I'm quite sure I always lost, and yet he managed to make me think I might have won.

William Fulbright photos

J. William Fulbright: A Featured Biography

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J. William Fulbright (1905-1995) holds the record as the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, from 1959 to 1974. Elected to the Senate in 1944, he sponsored the Fulbright Scholars Act, creating Fulbright scholarships for Americans to study abroad, and for foreign scholars to study in the United States. In 1964, as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Fulbright managed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Lyndon Johnson sweeping powers to respond to military provocation in South Vietnam. Later, troubled over the gradual escalation of the war in Vietnam, Fulbright held nationally televised "educational" hearings on Vietnam, bringing the Arkansas senator to national attention. He publicly challenged the "old myths and new realities" of American foreign policy, and warned against "the arrogance of power."

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