The program makes a number of awards at undergraduate, postgraduate, post-doctoral and Fellowship levels. Fulbrights are prestigious, career-enhancing awards. They also confer special status on winners during their year of foreign study, as outstanding, officially-recognized representatives of their country. Famous Fulbright recipients include Thomas R. Pickering, John Lithgow, Sylvia Plath, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Charles Kennedy and Renee Fleming.
Created through the efforts of US Senator J. William Fulbright, for over 50 years the Fulbright Programme has been promoting peace and understanding through educational exchange. It is one of the most prestigious award programmes worldwide, operating in 144 countries and with 51 commissions. More Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes than those of any other academic programme, including two in 2002.