The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. The best way to appreciate others' viewpoints, their beliefs, the way they think, and the way they do things, is to interact with them directly on an individual basis-work with them, live with them, teach with them, learn with them, and learn from them.
Recent projects in Ecuador conducted by U.S. Students have involved collective indigenous rights, coursework at different universities, research on AIDS, on the effects of migration on children, and urban anthropology. Other projects have been directed towards ecotourism, research on the Amazonian indigenous groups, grass-roots women's organizations, rural and urban health care, a pocket guide of insects of the Amazonian, musicology and fine arts.
The Fulbright Commission in Ecuador has worked with over 250 U.S. students since the program began in 1956.
The Fulfright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.
J. William Fulbright