Fulbright U.S. Student Program

University of Iowa once again a 'top producer' of U.S. Fulbright studentsThe University of Iowa is once again a 'top producer' of U.S. Fulbright students!

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.

REMINDER: After meeting with Karen, one of the next steps is to meet a UI Faculty Fulbright Mentor. Find the list of UI Faculty Fulbright Mentors and their office hours here!

For this year's applicants: FULBRIGHT WEBINARS BEGIN on April 24. See the full list at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/component/events/?view=events
These webinars are tremendously helpful for applicants and include Study/Research, ETA, country-specific tips and more!

General Information
About the Program
Timelines and Checklists
Important Resources
Additional Fulbright Resources
Contact Information

Timelines and Checklists

Fulbright Application Process: Checklist/Timeline

    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:



    General Information

    Campus Deadline: This year's Fulbright deadline has passed (for the academic year 2016-17). Next year's deadline will be Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 12 noon (all enrolled applicants must submit in order to be considered)

    For information about next year's competition, please make an appointment with Karen Wachsmuth by filling out the Preliminary Application Form. After meeting with Karen Wachsmuth, students may contact UI Faculty Fulbright Mentors to assist with their application process. For general information, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and refer to the campus information on this site. 

    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 2015-16 competition, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website. Please consult the webpage below for information regarding UI campus advising and general information including 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 March, and advising assistance is available throughout the summer.  

    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 successful 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:

    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
    Associate Director, International Fellowships
    International Programs
    1111 University Capitol Centre

    Upcoming Events

    Check back soon for upcoming events!

    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.