Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Megan Starrett
Megan Starrett, UI DMA student in horn performance, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Hungary on “The Brass Music of Frigyes Hidas.”
Sophie AmadoSophie Amado, an undergraduate student majoring in English and Spanish, has been accepted for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain.
Nicholas Hallman, an undergraduate studying International Studies, History, and French, has been accepted for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey.
Benjamin MaukBenjamin Mauk, a 2012 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany
Patrick Reed, an M.F.A. in printmaking, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany
Andrew NanceAndrew Nance, a 2012 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry, has been chosen as an alternate for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Comparative Literature, Ireland.

General Information
Upcoming Events
Timelines and Checklists
About the Program
Important Resources
Additional Fulbright Resources
Past Recipients
Contact Information

General Information

Deadline for this year's Fulbright competition: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.  For information about this year's competition, please make an appointment with Karen Wachsmuth by filling out the Preliminary Application Form. For general information, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and refer to the campus information on this site.

Upcoming Events

May 13, 2014 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Windows to Opportunity

  • Join Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs & Student Services Administrator for the official opening of this year’s Fulbright competition! During the information session she will discuss the new opportunities for students to do research, graduate study, and or teach English abroad, highlighting the new countries and programs offered around the world. Click here for more information about the event.

May 15, 2014 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Windows to Opportunity

  • Join Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs & Student Services Administrator for the official opening of this year’s Fulbright competition! During the information session she will discuss the new opportunities for students to do research, graduate study, and or teach English abroad, highlighting the new countries and programs offered around the world. Click here for more information about the event.

*All events will be held in 1117 University Capitol Centre (next to International Programs).

Click here to view all of our upcoming Fulbright related events!

Timelines and Checklists

English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Grant:

Research/Study Grant:

If you are applying for a Study/Research/Arts grant, you'll need to start working right away on acquiring a Letter of Affiliation. Here are some sample letters:

April 2014
  • Begin drafting grant proposal or summary to send to potential international host affiliation(s).
  • Make formal contact such as email correspondence with your international affiliation(s) in order to receive preliminary confirmation.
  • Formally request faculty recommendations in writing (before faculty leave for the summer) (3 recommendations are required for the application).
May 2014
  • Attend May campus workshop (see website for dates).
  • Start working on online application form.
June 2014
  • Send preliminary drafts to Campus Fulbright Program Advisor.
July 2014
  • Priority Deadline: July 15, 2014.
  • Send revised drafts to Campus Fulbright Program Advisor.
  • Attend July essay workshop on campus if possible (see website for dates).
August 2014
  • Secure faculty and other recommendations.
  • Transcript requests (for every institution attended).
  • Essay final revision continues.
September 2014
  • Make an appointment with Karen during week of September 1-5, 2014 for preliminary application check. You may also make an appointment prior to these dates.
  • Send email to Karen Wachsmuth requesting a meeting time on September 11 for submission (MANDATORY FOR ALL APPLICANTS).
  • Complete application by SEPTEMBER, 2014.
  • Attend Fulbright Faculty Committee Interview.

About the Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give masters and doctoral candidates, recent baccalaureate recipients, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Projects may include independent library or field research, university coursework, training in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, teaching assistantships (for English-language courses, in selected countries), or a combination of these.

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 through engagement in the community and on a person-to-person basis.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn to appreciate others' viewpoints, beliefs, and philosophies by working, living, teaching, and learning with them. Apply now for a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship. Funding can be obtained for study, research, or teaching assistantships in most foreign countries.

This program is for U.S. citizens only; permanent residents are not eligible. For specific information about this year's 2014-15 competition, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and the Fulbright U.S. Student Brochure.  Please consult the webpage below for information regarding UI campus advising and general information including UI helpful links, sample essays, and FAQs.

Currently-enrolled UI students and alumni interested in applying through the UI should contact Fulbright Program Advisor Karen Wachsmuth in International Programs as early as possible for assistance with the application process and editorial assistance.  The Fulbright competition is formally announced in May, and advising assistance is available throughout the summer.  Please consult our suggested timeline for applicants.

Important Resources

  • UI Fulbright Sample Essays: View winning Fulbright personal statements and statements of grant purpose from UI students at the International Programs Proposal Library. (Hawk ID is required to view essays). Samples of succesful UI Fulbright proposals are also available in hard copies at Academic Programs and Services, International Programs, 1111 UCC.
  • Fulbright 101: Do you have basic application questions? Check out our Fulbright 101 PowerPoint located at the International Programs Proposal Library. (Hawk ID is required to view powerpoint).
  • Fulbright Website: Review the Fulbright website very thoroughly for program and country details, application instructions and materials, and frequently asked questions.
  • Fulbright E-Application: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usa/25/; create a profile and log in to begin the online application
  • To be shared with your referees:
    • Instructions for Referees: Applicants for English Teaching Assistantships
    • Instructions for Referees: Applicants for Research/Study Grants

Additional Fulbright Resources:

Past Recipients

See a list of UI students and alumni who have received Fulbright awards in the past five years, and read about their unique experiences on our Fulbright U.S. Student Program Recipients page.

Luke Juran (photo, right) conducted research in post-disaster water sanitation in India through a Fulbright grant. In this video, he shares what inspired his project and how he gave back to the community while exploring the local culture.

Contact Information

All students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional students and university alumni, apply through Fulbright Program Advisor Karen Wachsmuth in International Programs. Please contact her for an initial appointment as early as possible:

Karen Wachsmuth
Academic Programs and Student Services Administrator
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
319-335-1436
karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu