Our Story

Fulbridge was started by a group of grantees in 2014 who wanted to connect with other Fulbrighters to learn about countries and grantee experiences beyond their own.

To read a narrative account of how Fulbridge got started, check out this article. 

The Idea

January 15, 2014

Traveling in Southeast Asia over her winter break, South Korea ETA Zoë Gioja wondered why there wasn’t a global Fulbright network that would enable Fulbright grantees to connect with and learn from one another.  

The Team

June 15, 2014

Zoë started by gathering other ETAs in her cohort. Soon the Fulbridge team grew to include Fulbrighters placed in countries all over Europe, Asia, and Latin America.    

The Map

August 1, 2015

Fulbridge launched its site, with the Fulbridge Map, to enable grantees to find and connect with one another.

The Lesson Catalog

October 29, 2015

Fulbridge began publishing Lessons of the Week, while gathering lessons from around the world for its global database of ETAs’ lessons.

Teaching Exchanges

January 15, 2016

One year after Zoë got the idea for Fulbridge, two South Korea ETAs used the Fulbridge map to visit ETAs in Taiwan, visiting their classrooms and starting pen pal exchanges. Soon other ETAs around the world followed suit, using the map to connect and to meet up while traveling.

The Blog

February 15, 2017

The Fulbridge blog began publishing pieces in earnest. The blog team collaborated with Indonesiaful, a publication managed by Indonesia ETAs, to publish ETA Spotlights and a quarterly theme on diversity in Fulbright ETAs’ experiences.

Researchers

June 19, 2017

Though Fulbridge focused on ETAs originally, as Fulbridge launched its revamped map, more researchers created pins on the site, allowing ETAs and researchers to connect with one another as well.

Around the World

August 14, 2019

Fulbridge currently has users in 48 countries worldwide, and continues to grow.

Partnership with Fulbrighter

August 15, 2019

Launching a similarly global network for Fulbrighters, Fulbrighter (fulbrighternetwork.com) and Fulbridge are now joining forces to connect Fulbright grantees worldwide.