Fulbright U.S. Student Program

2017-2018 UI Fulbright Recipients

Upcoming Events

UI 4th Annual Fulbright Week - Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research abroad for an academic year at no cost? (U.S. citizens only). Join us for a week of events to help you learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! Each session will provide different information and will have a Q & A period, so please attend as many as you can. All levels of undergraduate and graduate students welcome!

Location: All events are in 1117 UCC - International Commons (next to International Programs) (except for Library Session)

Monday, April 2

  • “Windows to Opportunity” 2018 Fulbright Competition Opening Brown Bag Information Session; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • ETA Library Session with Brett Cloyd, Main Library 4037; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3

  • How does the entire Fulbright application process work, start to finish? Brown Bag Information Session; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4 

  • New Fulbright Grants and Countries available! Find the best fit for you! Brown Bag Information Session; 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 5

  • UI Fulbright Alumni Share Application Tips and Stories from their Experiences Abroad; 5:30-7:30 p.m. (dinner provided) Pre-Registration Required

Friday, April 6

  • Tips on strategically planning your application: panel session with faculty mentors and student alumni," Brown Bag Information Session; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Write The First Draft Of Your Fulbright Essays In One Day Workshop

Friday, May 4 | 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 1117 UCC
Join us for an intensive, fun, guided writing session with Fulbright Program staff that will help you get started on your Fulbright application essays! We'll work on both the grant proposal and the personal statement. By the end of the afternoon, you'll have preliminary drafts of both essays completed, as well as multiple resources to take with you as you continue the writing process over the summer. A light lunch will be provided: Pre-registration required.

Fulbright Year-End Celebration Reception for Students and Faculty

Friday, May 4 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 1117 UCC
Please join us to celebrate this year's Fulbright applicants, and to express our thanks to the UI Fulbright Family, including the Fulbright Faculty Committee, Fulbright Mentors, and friends.

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:

Next year's Fulbright deadline will be early September 2018 (all enrolled applicants must submit by this deadline in order to be considered).

Weekly Group Essay Workshops:

Please contact Karen Wachsmuth for information about upcoming 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