The University of Iowa

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

About Fulbright

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens (no permanent residents); undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and alumni

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.


The 2021-22 Fulbright Competition is now closed!

SAVE THE DATE: We will open the new UI Fulbright application season on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 with our Fulbright Intensive Workshop!

Please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student website:

UI Campus Deadline:  September 1, 2021 

Submission Process

August 10: Submission Appointment scheduling begins for all candidate appointments on: August 28, 31, and September 1

  • Submission appointments are mandatory for all candidates.
  • When you come in for your submission appointment, your application must be complete; you will not be scheduled for an interview unless you are able to submit your entire application successfully.

September 8-17, 2020 (weekdays only): Campus Interviews with Fulbright Faculty Committee

  • These will take place virtually over Zoom. 
  • Each UI candidate will be assigned an interview slot with the Fulbright Committee at the time of the submission appointment. 
  • Interview times are not eligible for re-scheduling.

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020: Final Submission Deadline for all UI candidates

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 29, 2021, 9:30am to 11:30am

9th Annual Fulbright Workshop

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research or creative work abroad for an academic year at no cost? Join International Programs for the ninth annual intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. ...
9th Annual Fulbright Workshop

Congratulations to this year's Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipients!

Learn more about this year's winners

Fulbright winners 2020 with photos of each


Presentation with General Information on Fulbright

Start with this basic Fulbright presentation. 

Five Steps to Fulbright

Download this Five Steps to Fulbright document for a quick step-by-step guide to applying.

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.

UI Fulbright Faculty Mentors

UI Fulbright faculty mentors are available to help undergraduate and graduate students with their Fulbright applications.  They are available to assist applicants with preliminary ideas, connect them with contacts both here and abroad, and read drafts of essays.  Download this faculty mentors document for more information.

Timeline and Checklist for 2020-2021

The timeline/checklist provides an overview of the entire application process, with helpful deadlines for you to stay on track with every step. 

Fulbright Video Tutorials

See these Fulbright video tutorials for more information.

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.

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

Duration: Varies by country; Ca. 8-10 months.


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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.

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

Duration: Varies by country; around 10 months.

Specifics for Creative and 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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