A letter from the Executive Director: Stand for Fulbright

14 June 2017

Dear Alumni, Friends, and Associates of the Austrian-American Fulbright Program, 


We are at a critical juncture in the history of the Fulbright Program that calls for action. The Administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 that came out on May 23 is based on a $54 billion increase in defense spending that is to be offset by a $54 billion decrease in non-defense programs. This proposed budget entails cuts over 30% to the State Department including a 47% cut to the Fulbright Program. A unilateral cut of these dimensions to the Fulbright Program – from $236 million to $148 million – would have devastating consequences. Furthermore, it would shake the confidence of the long-standing partner governments with binational commissions that contribute over $100 million annually to the program.

Some of the US Fulbright Students and Scholars at Fulbright Austria's September 2016 orientation. Photo by Fulbright Austria Media Intern Anastasia Popova.