Student Grants and Fellowships

  • UI Fulbrighter Nathalie Halcrow
    2016 UI Fulbright recipient Nathalie Halcrow with fellow English Teaching Assistants in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 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

Stanley Grant Final Essay Workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
5:00-6:30 p.m. | 1117 University Capitol Centre
Associate Director of International Fellowships Karen Wachsmuth will be joined by IRB Education and Outreach Program Manager Kelly O’Berry to discuss strategies and timelines for putting together a successful application.

REGISTER NOW for Fifth Annual Fulbright Intensive Workshop! To register please click here.
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

8:45-12 noon, 2520 University Capitol Centre (pre-registration required)
Join UI Fulbright alumni, Fulbright Faculty Mentors, and Associate Director of International Fellowships Karen Wachsmuth to learn more about applying for a Fulbright this year! Juniors and seniors and graduate students applying this year for 2018-19 should plan to attend; first-year students and sophomores are welcome.

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.

Contact Information

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


Tips from UI Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Douglas Baker

How to Start the Fulbright Recommendation Process, Pt. 1
One component of the Fulbright application that deserves more attention is the letter of recommendation. Fulbright takes recommendations quite seriously, so much so that they require applicants to have three letters, and these pieces should not speak merely to whom the applicant is as a person (after all, your personal statement will already be doing that). The letters should primarily speak to that individual’s abilities as researchers, teachers, and potential international ambassadors for the Fulbright Program.

I can’t possibly cover all the ways you can help your recommenders write a good letter here, but one thing I did was to ask those who were:

  • related to my research fields (music and Japanese—being a double major can definitely help increase your pool of potential recommenders)
  • professors (two of them were even advisors) whose classes I had previously taken
  • professors who were helping or had helped me with my application in some way (who had looked at drafts of my grant proposal and helped me develop my project)

You might immediately have three names off the top of your head, and that’s great! This advice is just to give you a better idea of the type of people you might want to seek out to write your recommendation letters.

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.