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U.S. Fulbright Student Programs

U.S. Fulbright Student Program

  • Fulbright fellowships, through the U.S. State Department provides for teaching, research and study opportunities internationally for U.S. citizen students in various disciplines. Almost 200 countries are viable sites for placement.
  • The national deadline is usually in mid-October of each, and UIC graduate students who are applying must pass through a campus evaluation first, and so must meet an internal UIC campus deadline of September 10, 2018. Graduate students and alumni from UIC's graduate programs should contact Benn Williams (bwilli7@uic.edu), their dedicated university Fulbright Program Advisor. (Undergraduates and undergraduate alumni should contact Kim Germain in the Office of External Fellowships. The competition opened April 2, 2018.

UPDATES FOR THE 2019-2020 COMPETITION

General Program Updates:

  • ETA expansions in Brazil, Colombia, and Spain

Increase in partner awards with international universities (master's degrees and study/research projects)

Regional Trends (East Asia-Pacific):

  • More Study/Research applicatons are needed
  • More Arts applications needed
  • ETA candidates: NO SIDE PROJECTS
  • ETA applicants: demonstrate a SINCERE interest in teaching and in the host country
  • New ETA in Timor-Leste, Hong Kong
  • New graduate degree program: National Taiwan Normal University Award in International Human Resource Development (MBA)
  • Undersubscribed Study/Research and ETA: Brunei, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand

Regional Trends (Europe):

  • Austria: Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for Graduate Studies and PhD Research in Science and Technology (it’s back!); no Austria-Hungary award
  • Bulgaria: New Award: Study/Research Award in Archeology/History, a partnership with the Balkan Heritage Foundation
  • Finland: Fulbright-CIMO award has been renamed the Fulbright-EDUFI award
  • France: Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Awards in the Arts and Fulbright-Paris Seine University Awards
  • Germany: Young Professional Journalist Program - for beginning professional journalists or recent graduates to pursue study, independent research, and an internship or guest journalist position at German newspapers, publishers, or television and radio stations - language required now more flexible
  • Netherlands: Fulbright/Delft University of Technology: Industrial Design Engineering Award
  • Spain: Fulbright Global and International Studies Master's at Universidad de Salamanca

**MORE Study/Research and ETA applications needed for: Albania, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Slovenia, and Slovak Republic**

Regional Trends (Eurasia):

  • More Study/Research & ETA applicants needed to all countries in Eurasia except for ETA to Russia; the most under-subscribed: Moldova, Ukraine Study/Research, Russia Study/Research
  • ETA candidates with Russian language skills may want to consider other countries besides Russia, e.g. Moldova
  • ETAs do have supplementary projects

Regional Trends (South & Central Asia):

  • India: ETAs Expansion to 5-7 different cities in country
  • More Study/Research & ETA Applicants Needed to: South Asia (India, Sri Lanka); Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan)
  • Highly recommended to have some background in the local language (or Russian for Central Asia) before applying
  • Program in Bangladesh is suspended for 2019-2020
  • Candidates must exemplify maturity & flexibility

Regional Trends (Middle East & North Africa):

  • New: MA Degree Award to Israel, 6+ available
  • New: ETA to Saudi Arabia, 2 available
  • Egypt suspended for 18-19, but accepting applications for 19-20.
  • Egypt & Oman: Projects that are sensitive/critical in nature are not recommended. Flexibility is key.
  • ETA to West Bank was extremely popular, 67 applications for 2 available grants. Updates to dates, security, and placement info.
  • Applications also welcome in Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE

Regional Trends (Sub-Saharan Africa):

  • More Study/Research & ETA
  • Applicants need to most countries
  • More applications to non-Anglophone countries continent-wide also welcome
  • No new awards to report

Regional Trends (Western Hemisphere):

  • Mexico:
    • Binational Internship Grants
    • 4 Graduate Degrees (all disciplines): Offer of admissions not required at time of application. COMEXUS will provide assistance.
  • Brazil: Study/Research accepts advanced Spanish, ETA accepts advanced Romance language
  • Colombia: Additional 30 ETA awards available
  • Barbados and Eastern Caribbean: Dominica on hold due to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season
  • Bolivia: Must be a multi-country proposal at this time

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