University of Iowa

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

About Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent Bachelor’s graduates, Master’s and Doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Projects may include English teaching assistantships, independent research, creative/artistic projects, university coursework or degree programs, training in a music conservatory or art school.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens (no permanent residents) Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students, and Alumni

Deadline:  Early September 

All applicants must submit by the early campus deadline in order to be considered. All enrolled students must apply through the University of Iowa.  

Read about current and past UI Fulbright awardees, including articles about their research or creative work and teaching! 

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Contacting the UI Fulbright Program Advisor

For more information about applying for a Fulbright, please make an appointment with Dr. Karen Wachsmuth by completing and returning the Preliminary Application Form to After meeting with Karen, Fulbright applications will be invited to join the Fulbright ICON site to access further application and writing resources.

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Types of grants

There are two main types of grants. Applicants must choose one program and one host country during the Fulbright competition cycle. Applicants must apply through UI International Programs.

English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program

The Fulbright ETA program places grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. Fulbright assigns grantees to a specific city/region and age-level. ETA grantees also conduct community engagement projects or activities in addition to classroom work.


U.S. Citizen (no permanent residents); Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at beginning of funding period.


Varies by country; Ca. 8-10 months.

Study/Research Grants (includes Arts Grants)

Applicants for Fulbright Study/Research grants either: 1) propose individual research projects and work with advisers at foreign universities or research institutions, 2) apply for graduate degree programs in the host country, or 3) propose creative/artistic projects and/or graduate research/coursework in the host country.


U.S. Citizen (no permanent residents); Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at beginning of funding period.


Varies by country; around 10 months.


Specifics for Creative & Performing Arts Grants

Required Supplementary Materials for Arts Applicants

(Please see the above link for the list of creative fields available)

Applications in the Creative and Performing Arts require the submission of supplementary materials (work samples) in support of the written application. Portfolios must be uploaded into the application by the campus deadline.

Applicants to Germany are required to submit additional materials. The specifications can be found on the Additional Materials For Music And Arts For Germany page.

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