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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 2024-2025 competition (for 2025-2026 awards) opens in April 2024.
  • If you are graduating in May 2024, December 2024 or May 2025, you can apply.
  • For some countries in the Southern Hemisphere, December 2025 grads are also eligible. 
  • Recent graduates are also welcome to apply through UW-Eau Claire.
The UW-Eau Claire campus deadline will be September 10, 2024. Campus interviews will be held shortly after the campus deadline so candidates can meet the national deadline, which is October 8, 2024, 4:00 pm CST for the 2025-2026 cycle. 


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

Attend on of our Information Sessions during the Spring 2024 semester:
  • Thursday, March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Virtual: Registration Required
  • Wednesday, March 27. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, McIntyre Library 2023
  • Friday, April 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Schofield Hall 4 (Basement/Garden Level)
There will also be a Writing Workshop to help applicants with tips, suggestions, and common pitfalls to avoid when completing the written components of the application:
Contact either of the UWEC Fulbright Program Advisers (FPAs) for the U.S. Student Award with questions:
  • Colleen Marchwick (marchwcc@uwec.edu)
  • Anna Dresnack (dresnaah@uwec.edu)
You can also call 715-836-4411 with questions or to make an appointment. Their offices are in the Center for International Education, 3 Schofield Hall.

Award Updates

All 5 2024-2025 Applicants who applied through the Campus Process have been named Semi-Finalists! Congratulations to:
  • Angela Gasser: Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Mexico
  • Rachel Hamele: Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Slovak Republic
  • Zachary May: Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Argentina
  • Madalyn McCabe: Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Luxembourg
  • Angela Wendorff: Semi-Finalist for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, South Korea
 

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.