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Fulbright US Student Programs

Fulbright Success

  • >140 Since 1949 and the Navy Pier campus, UIC has had over 140 finalists!

  • >59% Of UIC applicants in the 2020-21 competition were semi-finalists!

  • >75% Of UIC's grad/professional/grad alumni were semi-finalists or finalists in the 2020-21 competition!

  • >55% Of UIC's applicants were semi-finalists in the 2021-2022 competition!

  • 10 In the last two cycles, 10 UIC graduate & professional students and alumni have have been named a finalist or alternate

  • >80 Since 2000, UIC has had over 80 finalists!

Fulbright fellowships, through the U.S. State Department, provide for year-long teaching, research, and study opportunities abroad for U.S. citizen students in various disciplines. Almost 140 countries are viable sites for placement. Language proficiency depends on the country.

UIC’s virtual Fulbright Week 2021 was April 5-8 . The slides are available below.

The national deadline is October 12, 2021. UIC students and alumni who not enrolled elsewhere should apply through UIC and not as at-large applicants. Students applying through UIC enjoy an advising process meant to ameliorate the student’s application. The internal UIC campus deadline is September 9, 2021. Graduate students and alumni from UIC’s graduate programs should contact Benn Williams (bwilli7@uic.edu), their dedicated university Fulbright Program Advisor, to start the process NOW.

The timeline and updates for the 2022-23 competition appear below.

Are UIC students successful? According to the data available in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, the five “top producers” of Fulbright US students (doctoral institutions) averaged 125.4 applications and 35.6 awards. Their “success rate” was 28.9%. Two of UIC’s “aspirational peers” averaged 13 awards from 57.5 applications (29.4%). UIC scores higher. For the same 2020-21 competition, UIC saw 7 recipients on 22 applications and a whopping 75% of our graduate and professional students/alumni achieved semi-finalist or finalist status! (“Finalist” equals “offered the Fulbright.”) For the 2021-22 competition: 10 of UIC’s 18 applicants are semi-finalists (55.6%). Sixty percent of the semi-finalists are graduate/professional students. We are celebrating four finalists and two alternates this cycle. This is especially exciting as there were 11,728 applications (a record!) for the 2021-22 competition. In short, UIC compares favorably to our peers (Source).

Last updated 8/17/21/bw

Your journey starts here. Fulbright US Student Program

Updates for the 2022-2023 Competition (updated perdiodically)

Near the opening of the annual competition, Fulbright releases general and regional updates. Last updated 8/6/21 with updates in Europe, Eurasia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Fulbright Process

IIE/Fulbright Info Sessions, Office Hours, and Webinars

The Institute of International Education (IIE) contracts with the Department of State to administer the Fulbright US Student Program. IIE provides a comprehensive list of webinars for the 2022-2023 competition cycle on their website. Please are samples; webinars are recorded and made available.

Visit this page and click “Webinars” by “All States.”

Regional Office Hours: Middle East & North Africa

August 9, 2021 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET
Staff at IIE detail Fulbright U.S. Student Program ETA application components with a focus on applicant essays. Register here.

Regional Office Hours: Europe and Eurasia

August 10, 2021 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET
Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) review Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for Europe and Eurasia. Please bring questions! Register here.

Regional Office Hours: East Asia/Pacific

August 11, 2021 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET
Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) review Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for East Asia and the Pacific. Please bring questions! Register here.

Regional Office Hours: Sub-Saharan Africa

August 13, 2021 – 2-3:00 PM ET

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) review Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for Sub-Saharan Africa. Please bring questions! Register here.

Regional Office Hours: South/Central Asia

August 16, 2021 – 1-2 PM ET

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) review Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for South and Central Asia. Please bring questions! Register here.

Regional Office Hours: Western Hemisphere

August 17, 2021 – 1-2 pm ET

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) review Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the Western Hemisphere. Please bring questions! Register here.

Arts: Polishing Application

August 30, 2021 – 2:00 PM ET to 3:00
Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) provide tips on finalizing your arts application and answer applicant questions. Register here.

Study/Research: Polishing Application

September 1, 2021 – 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET
Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) provide tips on finalizing your Study/Research application and answer applicant questions. Register here.

ETA: Polishing Application

September 3, 2021 – 2-3 pm ET
Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) provide tips on finalizing your ETA application and answer applicant questions. Register here.

ETA: Last Minute Questions

September 13, 2021 – 2-3(ish) pm ET.

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) will answer ETA applicant questions in advance of the national deadline. Register here.

Study/Research: Last Minute Questions

September 15, 2021 – 2-3 pm (ish) ET

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) will answer Study/Research applicant questions in advance of the national deadline. Register here.

Benn Williams

Fellowships and Awards Coordinator and Fulbright Program Advisor

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