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!

New in 2017!  Diversity International Scholarship Academy (DISA) for underrepresented students
Next DISA workshop: March 6, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in International Programs, 1117 University Capitol Centre, International Commons 
A peer-mentorship program aimed at helping underrepresented minority students at the UI apply for highly competitive international education scholarships, grants, and fellowships. The DISA team will work closely with a select group of 8 to 10 junior- or senior-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying to one or more programs, including the U.S. Fulbright, Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  The founder of the Academy, Noaquia Callahan, is a University of Iowa Ph.D. candidate in History who is currently a U.S. Fulbright Student in Germany (2016-17). Callahan, along with UI Fulbright Ambassador Douglas Baker (Japan, 2015-16) and other international scholarship awardees, will lead monthly workshops (February – April) throughout the Spring 2017 semester. 
Interested students, please fill out this short online form and we will get back to you shortly.
In the News: UI Fulbright alumna leads push to help minority students apply for, receive fellowship

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!

Finding the Spirit of Fulbright on an International Education Administrators Seminar to Japan
Associate Director of International Fellowships and Fulbright International Education Administrator grant awardee Karen Wachsmuth reflects on her experience in Japan this past summer.

In the news: 2016 Fulbright Recipient Lauren Darby 

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

    Monday, Feb. 27 - Writing your Way into the World workshop, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 1117 UCC--PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN DATE AND LOCATION
    Friday, March 3Fulbright Lunch and Learn: Papermaking Path: A Fulbright Fellowship in Japan, 1975-1977
    Monday, March 6Diversity International Scholarship Academy (DISA) Workshop
    Monday, March 27 - Writing your Way into the World workshop, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 1117 UCC--PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN DATE AND LOCATION

    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.