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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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What is Fulbright?

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is regularly ranted as a "Top Producer" for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides international grants for individually designed study/research projects, or for English Teaching Assistantships abroad.
  • Fulbright offers more than 1,900 grants in roughly 150 countries.
  • Interested in Blugolds who were awarded Fulbright grants? Check out the Fulbright website for a list dating back to 1964! 

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 research allowance. See the country summaries for details. 

Who Should Apply?

U.S. citizens or nationals, who have completed at least a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant period, 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. For detailed eligibility requirements, see the Fulbright website

When to Apply

In most cases, you will start the application during your junior year. The 2023-2024 competition (for 2024-2025 awards) opens in April 2023.
  • If you are graduating in December 2023 or May 2024, you can apply.
  • For some countries in the Southern Hemisphere, December 2023 grads are also eligible. 
  • Recent graduates are also welcome to apply through UW-Eau Claire.
The UW-Eau Claire campus deadline will be September 14, 2023. Campus interviews will be held shortly after the campus deadline so candidates can meet the national deadline, which is typically mid-October.

How to Apply

See the Applicants Tab on the Fulbright website to get started. This is a nation-wide award and very competitive. You will need to work on your application during spring semester/summer in order to prepare a competitive application.  UWEC Fulbrighter Joel Newman put together this video about his experience applying for/receiving an English teaching assistantship in Uruguay in 2017.

For More Information

Colleen Marchwick is the UWEC Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) for the U.S. Student award. E-mail questions to or call 715-836-4411 to make an appointment. She’s in the Center for International Education, 3 Schofield Hall.

Award Updates

Three UWEC applicants have been offered 2022-2023 awards!  Congratulations to:
  • Natalie Lasinksi:  Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Spain.
    Psychology (Behavior Analysis) & Spanish major with LAS certificate. December 2021 graduate.  Studied on the Valladolid/Spain program in Spring 2020.
  • Greta Wiederhold: Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Germany.
    German education major & TESOL minor.  Anticipated graduation date, May 2022. Studied on the Graz, Austria exchange for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Kaitlyn Zenner: Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Spain.
    Spain & Psychology major, neuroscience minor.  Anticipated graduation date, May 2022. Studied on the Valladolid, Spain program in Spring 2020.  

Two more are alternates--meaning that they could still receive a 2022-23 award if more become available!  Congratulations to:
  • Alyssa Huelsbeck:  Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Spain.
    Spanish & Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors.  May 2021 graduate.  Studied on the Valladolid/Spain program in Spring 2020
  • Emma Koehn, Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Thailand.
    Integrated Strategic Communication major; Pol Sci minor. May 2019 graduate. Studied on the Lorenzo de' Medici, Italy program in Fall 2017.

Read More of UWEC's Fulbright Accomplishments

UWEC Fulbright Reflections

Below are reflections from recent UWEC Fulbrighters on how their experiences influenced their career plans.