Fulbright U.S. Student Program

2017-2018 UI Fulbright Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s 16 new UI Fulbright winners!

Read Noaquia Callahan's (2016-2017 Fulbright recipient) account of her time in Germany

Priority Deadlines coming up July 1-22--please see amended instructions for submission as of 6/28 below

Please consult the supplementary priority deadline instructions.

General Priority Deadline Information Sheet

General Information

For more information about applying this year, please make an appointment with Karen Wachsmuth by filling out the Preliminary Application Form. After meeting with Karen, students maymay 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. 

Timelines and Checklists

Fulbright Application Process: Checklist/Timeline

Campus Deadline:

This year's Fulbright deadline is Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 12 noon (all enrolled applicants must submit by this deadline in order to be considered)

Weekly Group Essay Workshops:

Please contact Karen Wachsmuth and Douglas Baker for information about these essay writing sessions. 

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!

Important resource for all applicants: FULBRIGHT WEBINARS! 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!

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

Sample Letters of Affiliation

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:

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 the program, 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.

Sample Letters of Affiliation

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:

 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

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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.