The US-UK Fulbright Programme has had a number of alumni who have gone on to be leaders in the arts, science, business and government.
Notable British alumni
- William Campbell - winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology 2015
- Sir David Cannadine - historian and President of the British Academy
- Siobhan Davies - choreographer
- Baroness Deech - British academic, lawyer, bioethicist and politician sitting as a cross-bench peer in the Lords.
- Lord Higgins - former Conservative MP and Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1972-74. Commonwealth Games silver medallist winner for England.
- Peter Higgs - winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics 2013.
- Mary Hockaday - Head of the BBC World Service
- Sir Ian Kennedy - Inaugural Chair, Independent Parliamentary Standards Committee and BBC's Reith lecturer in 1980.
- Simon Lewis - Chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe and first press secretary to HM the Queen
- Lord Maclennan - founder member of the SDP (Social Democrat party), Liberal Democrat life peer.
- Greg Marsh - entrepreneur and founder of Onefinestay.
- Baroness Onora O’Neill - Philosopher, Reith lecturer 2002. Winner Holberg Prize 2017.
- Ian Rankin - crime writer
- Sir Rex Richards - Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University 1977-87
- Lord Richard Rogers - architect
- Charles Roxburgh - Second Permanent Secretary at Her Majesty's Treasury.
- Kevin Sneader - Global Managing Partner, McKinsey
- Will Straw - Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.
- Susanna White - film director
- Baroness Shirley Williams - politician
"One of the elements of leadership is audacity: a presumption that gives someone the confidence to offer their leadership. Scholarship programmes like Fulbright have a role in fostering that sense of responsibility." - Greg Marsh, entrepreneur, founder of onefinestay, Fulbright alumnus (2004-05)
Notable American alumni
- Aaron Copland - Composer
- John Hope Franklin - Historian
- Milton Friedman – winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics 1976 and advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
- Hanna Gray - President, Chicago University. First woman in the US to hold the full presidency at a major university
- Meg Greenfield - Influential editorial writer for the Washington Post
- Robert Haas - Poet Laureate of the United States, 1995 -1997
- Joseph Heller - Novelist
- Dana Ivey - Actor
- Charles Jencks - Architect
- Stacy Keach - Actor
- John Lithgow - Actor
- Alan Pifer - President, Carnegie Foundation 1967-82
- Sylvia Plath - Poet
- John Rawls - Philosopher
- Benjamin Schwarz - Editor of the Atlantic magazine
- Joseph Stiglitz - winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, 2001
- Eudora Welty - Novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner
“I’ve felt honoured for the last 40 plus years, simply by being called a Fulbright scholar, ever since 1967 when the Fulbright Commission sent me over to London, to study for two years, as it turned out, at LAMDA. A fantastic experience.” – John Lithgow, actor, Fulbright alumnus (1967)