Student Grants and Fellowships

  • 2015 UI Fulbrighter Julia Julstrom-Agoyo enjoying a sports day with fellow teachers. Julia is doing an English Teaching Assistantship in Bera, Pahang, Malaysia.
  • 2015 Fulbright Winner Steph Rue conducting research in Seoul, South Korea.
    2015 Fulbright Winner Steph Rue traveled to Seoul, South Korea to conduct research on early monastic paper and book production methods.
  • 2015 Fulbrighter Douglas Baker at the Kyoto-Shiga Fulbright Alumni Association welcome party.

Upcoming Events

Final Writing Your Way into the World Workshop Session
Monday, April 24 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | 1117 UCC (next to International Programs)

Please join us for the final session of this monthly Fulbright grant essay writing workshop series with Karen Wachsmuth, UI Fulbright program advisor, and Douglas Baker, UI Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. This final workshop is designed to help undergraduate and graduate Fulbright applicants learn the basics of writing competitive grants essays. Light refreshments will be served.
Register for the workshop here

Final Writing Workshop & Closing Reception
Friday, May 5 | 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 1117 UCC (next to International Programs)

Register for this event here

  • Write The First Draft Of Your Fulbright Essays In One Day Workshop! (lunch provided) | 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Annual Fulbright Recognition Reception for Students and Faculty—come celebrate our 15 new UI Fulbright winners! (light refreshments provided) | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Students are encouraged to begin their funding searches and applications at least six months to one year in advance.  Students are required to apply for funding through Karen Wachsmuth, associate director of International Fellowships. Please see the individual grant webpages for workshop announcements.

NOTE: If you are seeking information about funding for study abroad, please visit the UI Study Abroad funding page.

Karen Wachsmuth
Associate Director, International Fellowships
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre


Upcoming Events

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Tips from UI Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Douglas Baker

Becoming an Expert on Your Country of Choice

The Fulbright Program emphasizes creating mutual, cultural understanding between citizens of the U.S. and citizens of foreign countries; however, that doesn’t mean the road to cultural understanding shouldn’t begin before you set foot in the country. The idea of going off somewhere completely unfamiliar to you can be a romantic one, but displaying ignorance about the country you are applying to is an egregious error.
Now, the title is admittedly an exaggeration here; after all, you are going abroad to learn more about the host country and the inner workings of its culture. Nevertheless, as you begin answering the question of why you want to go to the host country and what you plan to do there, your application should demonstrate a working knowledge about that country.
And what are some ways of gaining this “working knowledge”? Language courses almost always contain a component of cultural study, and language study is never a bad idea should you have the time for it. Fulbright alumni have also proposed reading news articles or finding video blogs by expats who live or have lived in the host country, the latter often offers tips for foreigners which can increase your cultural competency. All of this knowledge speaks to your interest and investment in the host country which makes you look like a worthwhile applicant.

Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Student Spotlight

2015 Fulbright Winner Nathalie Halcrow
Follow 2016 UI Fulbright recipient Nathalie Halcrow as she chronicles her Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Foundation Alfred Nobel in Marcory, Abidjan.

2015 UI Fulbright recipient Julia Julstrom-Agoyo is spending her year in Bera, Pahang, Malaysia teaching English. Read her blog.