University of Iowa

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

About Fulbright

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens (no permanent residents) Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students, and Alumni

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent Bachelor’s graduates, Master’s and Doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Projects may include English teaching assistantships, independent research, creative/artistic projects, university coursework or degree programs, training in a music conservatory or art school.

UI Campus Deadline:  Tuesday, September 1, 2020 

All applicants must submit by the early campus deadline in order to be considered. All enrolled students must apply through the University of Iowa.  


Presentation with General Information on Fulbright

Start with this presentation. 

Five Steps to Fulbright

Download this document for a quick step-by-step guide to applying.

Contacting the UI Fulbright Program Advisor

For more information about applying for a Fulbright, please make an appointment with Dr. Karen Wachsmuth by completing and returning the Preliminary Application Form to After meeting with Karen, Fulbright applications will be invited to join the Fulbright ICON site to access further application and writing resources.

UI Fulbright Faculty Mentors

UI Fulbright faculty mentors are available to help undergraduate and graduate students with their Fulbright applications.  They are available to assist applicants with preliminary ideas, connect them with contacts both here and abroad, and read drafts of essays.  Download this document for more information.

Timeline and Checklist for 2020-2021

Please use this checklist and bring it to every appointment

Fulbright Video Tutorials

See these videos for more information on Fulbright.

Writing Your Way Into The World Workshops

This is a series of workshops with Karen Wachsmuth, UI Fulbright Program Advisor, designed to help undergraduate and graduate Fulbright applicants learn the basics of writing competitive grants essays. You may attend the entire series or participate in a single session.
Instructions to connect: 
When: Monday, April 27: Workshop #3, 3:30-5 p.m.

UI 6th Annual Fulbright Week Activities

Instructions to connect: 


Monday, April 13: Fulbright Week Information Session I, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14: Fulbright Week Information Session II, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15: Fulbright Week Information Session III, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16: Fulbright Week Dinner Reception (alumni share application tips and stories from their experiences
abroad), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17: Fulbright Week Faculty and Student Panel Information Session IV, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Final Writing Workshop & Closing Reception

Write the First Draft of Your Fulbright Essays in a One-Day Workshop!

Instructions to connect: 

When: Wednesday, May 6, Writing Workshop: 12:00-3 p.m. 
Fulbright Recognition Reception for Students and Faculty
Reception: 3-4:30 p.m.

Types of Grants

There are two main types of grants. Applicants must choose one program and one host country during the Fulbright competition cycle. Applicants must apply through UI International Programs.

English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program

The Fulbright ETA program places grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. Fulbright assigns grantees to a specific city/region and age-level. ETA grantees also conduct community engagement projects or activities in addition to classroom work.


U.S. Citizen (no permanent residents); Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at beginning of funding period.


Varies by country; Ca. 8-10 months.


Grace Coleman
Study/Research Grants (includes Arts Grants)

Applicants for Fulbright Study/Research grants either: 1) propose individual research projects and work with advisers at foreign universities or research institutions, 2) apply for graduate degree programs in the host country, or 3) propose creative/artistic projects and/or graduate research/coursework in the host country.


U.S. Citizen (no permanent residents); Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at beginning of funding period.


Varies by country; around 10 months.

Specifics for Creative and Performing Arts Grants

Required Supplementary Materials for Arts Applicants

(Please see the above link for the list of creative fields available)

Applications in the Creative and Performing Arts require the submission of supplementary materials (work samples) in support of the written application. Portfolios must be uploaded into the application by the campus deadline.

Applicants to Germany are required to submit additional materials. The specifications can be found on the Additional Materials For Music And Arts For Germany page.

Fulbright News
8th annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop

8th annual Fulbright workshop, Jan. 31

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the seventh-annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Big Ten Theater (Room 348 in the Iowa Memorial Union).