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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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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.

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, 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 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.
The UW-Eau Claire campus deadline will be late September.  Check back for the exact date. Campus interviews will be held shortly after the campus deadline.

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. 

For More Information

Cheryl Lochner-Wright 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

Five UWEC applicants have been offered awards and one is an alternate in the 2020-21 U.S. student competition. Congratulations to all! 
Due to the worldwide pandemic, no awardees went abroad in Fall 2020.  Programs that will begin in Spring 2021 will be announced by mid-November.
  • Nicole Gottfredsen, Germany, Study/Research (B.A., December 2018, Psychology & German. Studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, Spring 2017)  
  • Megan Henning, Czech Republic, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A. anticipated May 2020, Secondary Education (Broadfield Social Studies) and History. Participated on the Great Britain Public History program Summer 2017 and the Central European Travel Seminar, Summer 2018)
  • Elisabeth Rusch, South Korea, English Teaching Assistantship (B.A. anticipated May 2020, Communications. Studied abroad in Accra, Ghana, Spring 2018; participated on the Jamaica-Transnationalism and Tourism program, Winterim 2020)
  • Noah Turecek, Taiwan, English Teaching Assistantship (BBA anticipated May 2020, International Business & Information Systems. Studied abroad in Chengdu, China, Summer 2018)
  • Carissa Zibolsky, Panama, English Teaching Assistantship (BA anticipated May 2020, Special Education & Spanish. Studied abroad in Chile, Spring 2018; participated on the Special Education in Scotland program, Summer 2019)
  • Alternate: Mai Lee Yang, Thailand, English Teaching Assistantship (BA anticipated May 2020, Psychology. Participated on the Central European Travel Seminar, Summer 2018; Representing Cultures in Southwest China, Winterim 2019; Thailand-Hmong Studies, Summer 2019)

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.