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What is Fulbright?

What is Fulbright?

The Fulbright US Student Program provides international grants for individually designed study/research projects, or for English Teaching Assistantships abroad.  Graduating seniors and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.    

The program is looking for bright, community-minded individuals with a passion for their discipline, who are interested in promoting mutual understanding through cultural exchange. There is no minimum GPA requirement.  Fulbright is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Did you know that:
  • Fulbright offers more than 1,900 grants in roughly 150 countries?
  • 17 UW-Eau Claire students/recent grads have been offered Fulbrights since 2006? See a list here:  Fulbright Grantees 2006-2016
  • There is a complete list of UW-Eau Claire Fulbrighters, in the Grantee Directory on the Fulbright website?
  • No other UW-System Master’s level institution has had more than 3 Fulbright grantees in that time?

What's Included

There is some variation by country, but most grants provide round-trip transportation, a room and board stipend sufficient to cover living expenses in the host country, and insurance.  Some also provide tuition waivers and/or a research allowance. See the Country Summaries on the Fulbright website for details.

Meet UWEC Fulbrighters

Congratulations to Courtney Ostert, a 2014 Social Work grad who has been offered a 2017-2018 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan!  She joins Anneli Williams in the 2017-2018 Fulbright cohort.  Anneli was awarded a 2017-2018 study/research Fulbright to Germany!

Three UW-Eau Claire students/recent grads are currently abroad on 2016-2017 Fulbright awards! 
Melissa Hartung (Peru, English Teaching Assistantship)
Joel Newman (Uruguay, English Teaching Assistantship):  Check out his blog and follow his Fulbright adventures!
Lara Steinike (Germany, English Teaching Assistantship)

Anna Waller (Mexico, English Teaching Assistantship) was offered an award but declined it in favor of another opportunity.

Below are brief bios on recent UW-Eau Claire Fulbrighters, as well as reflections from some alumni on how their Fulbright experiences have influenced their career paths.

Lara Steinike, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship, 2016-2017
Karlene Groshek., Turkey, English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
James Hahn, Spain English Teaching Assistantship, 2008-2009
Angela Koch, Bulgaria English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
Sarah Janes Ugoretz, Mexico Study/Research, 2008-2009
Claire Lind., Turkey, English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
Bethany Webster  , Germany English Teaching Assistantship, 2011-2012