During their stay in Japan, the educators will participate in intensive training sessions on the Japanese educational system, culture, economy and government. In addition, participants will visit schools to observe Japanese education methods and interact directly with Japanese people and culture.
Each year 600 American educators from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. participate in the program in three program cycles. Educators are selected for the program under a system that allocates a minimum of two slots for each state in each cycle. The selection is based on proposals for follow-up activities that the teachers submit as part of the application process.
The Fulbright Memorial Fund is named after the late William J. Fulbright, who served as a U.S. Senator from Arkansas and chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1959 to 1974.