Fulbright U.S. Student Program
What is Fulbright?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
- In the last 10 years, UWEC has had over 25 students/recent grads become Fulbrighters! See the list here: UW-Eau Claire Fulbright Grantees, Past 10 Years
- For a complete list of UWEC Fulbrighters, from 1964-last year, see this list on the Fulbright website.
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, 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 ApplyIn most cases, you will start the application during your junior year. The 2021-2022 competition (for 2022-2023 awards) will open in April 2021.
- If you are graduating in December 2021 or May 2022, you can apply.
- For some countries in the Southern Hemisphere, December 2022 grads are also eligible.
- Recent graduates are also welcome to apply through UW-Eau Claire.
How to ApplySee 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 InformationCheryl Lochner-Wright is the UWEC Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) for the U.S. Student award. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-836-4411 to make an appointment. She’s in the Center for International Education, 3 Schofield Hall.
Award UpdatesSeven UWEC applicants were semi-finalists in the 2021-2022 U.S. student competition! Two of them had already received awards for 2020-2021 and were either able to begin their grant in spring 2021 or defer it to 2021-2022. The five semi-finalists remaining in the 2021-2022 competition are:
- Chelsea Ennen, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A., December 2020, Elementary education major & German minor. Studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, Spring 2018)
- Claire Ganschow, Colombia, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A. anticipated May 2021, Latin American/Latinx studies & Spanish double major. Studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, Spring 2019)
- Michael Konetz, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A., December 2020, German education major & TESOL minor. Studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, Spring 2018)
- Melanie Rausch, South Korea, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A./B.S. anticipated May 2021, Geography major and Spanish minor. Studied abroad in Spain, Spring 2019)
- Mary Kate Schneeman, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship (BA anticipated May 2021, English Linguistics major and German minor. Studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, Spring 2020)
Read More of UWEC's Fulbright Accomplishments
UWEC Fulbright ReflectionsBelow are reflections from recent UWEC Fulbrighters on how their experiences influenced their career plans.
- Karlene Groshek Reflection, Turkey, English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
- James Hahn Reflection, Spain English Teaching Assistantship, 2008-2009
- Angela Koch Reflection, Bulgaria English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
- Claire Lind Reflection, Turkey, English Teaching Assistantship, 2015-2016
- Joel Newman Video Reflection, Uruguay, English Teaching Assistantship, 2016-2017
- Lara Steinike Reflection, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship, 2016-2017
- Sarah Jane Ugoretz Reflection, Mexico Study/Research, 2008-2009
- Bethany Webster Reflection, Germany English Teaching Assistantship, 2011-2012