Author: Mark Lilleleht

Fulbright-Hays DDRA 2018 competition is open!!

The 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition is open. The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 10:00 am, Thursday, June 28, 2018.

The campus deadline is the final deadline for student applicants. Go to for information on the application process & campus documents.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries.

For 2018 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use any of 78 priority languages selected from a list of Less Commonly Taught Languages; and projects conducted in the fields of economics, engineering, international development, mathematics, political science, public health, science, comparative or international education, or technology.

We will offer a Fulbright-Hays DDRA information session & technical review workshop for UW-Madison students on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in 336 Ingraham Hall.

We will also coordinate peer review workshops for those interested. Email Mark Lilleleht at if you are interested or have questions not answered on the UW’s DDRA page.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA 2018 competition update

A brief update for UW-Madison graduate students interested in the 2018 Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition. We just received the following notice from our program officer in DC:

We did receive level-funding for the program and will have a competition. We are looking at a tentative date of mid-late May for the NIA with a tentative mid-late June for a closing date. Awards will be made by September 30th.

Please note that these dates are tentative but there will be a competition and interested students should start planning & preparing for it. Also remember that in addition to coordinating UW-Madison applications we are here to help! So…

The requirements and application aren’t likely to be much/any different than they’ve been in previous years. You can review last year’s information (and learn more about the award itself) on our website @

If you think you will be applying this year it is strongly recommended that you get started on the following:

  • Connect with your recommenders to let them know you’ll be asking for a letter of support. You’ll need three. Actual solicitation of the letter is done through the G5 (online application) system so don’t ask for the letter yet; but faculty travel so you’ll want them to be expecting the ask when the competition opens.
  • You can and probably should start working on your proposal & bibliography as time allows. The IRIS Awards Office has samples of past successful proposals in its office. If you would like to review those please reach out – email – and we can set up a time for you to come by and review them.
  • If you are interested in participating in a peer review process – where proposals are shared with colleagues, read & reviewed, and then discussed in a group setting – please email as soon as possible indicating your interest and where you will be between now and the end of June (whether here in town or outside Madison). The IRIS Awards Office will coordinate this but it will be useful to know if anyone is interested and who might want to participate remotely and who would be available to meet in person.

As soon as we receive word that the competition is open we will set the campus deadline, finish updating the campus information sheets, post everything to, and start letting folks know!

Fulbright advising available all summer!

If you’re a UW-Madison undergrad, graduate student, alumni, or soon-to-be-alumni – and are interested in opportunities through the Fulbright Program – well… we’re here to answer questions, help guide you through the application process, read & offer feedback on application essays, and much more! We have 2 more drop-in information sessions the week of May 7 (see below) and…

We can set up an advising appointment for a time that works for you all summer long. Outside of Madison? Not a problem: we offer advising over Skype as well! Send an email to with 2 or 3 different days & times you’d be available to come by our office in 328 Ingraham or connect over Skype; there’s sure to be a time that we can make work.

Also remember that we have copies of past successful Fulbright US Student Program essays available for review in 301 Ingraham!

Everything you need to know to get started (or to learn more) is @

Final Fulbright US Student Program Info Session rescheduled!!

The final Fulbright US Student Program Info Session has been rescheduled! It will now be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4pm in 336 Ingraham Hall. Attend to learn more about the opportunities available, the application process, and more!!

We will also be hosting 4 end-of-the-semester drop-in open houses in 301 Ingraham Hall on Monday, April 30, 2-4pm; Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm; Tuesday, May 8, 10am-12pm; and Thursday, May 10, 1-3pm.

Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session

Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session
Wednesday, April 11 4:00-5:00 PM, Union South, TITU

Register here

Interested in China’s role in the 21st century?

Join Schwarzman representative Arlie Slonim to learn more about Schwarzman Scholars, a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities in and outside of the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force world-class faculty and guest speakers at the state-of-the-art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

Schwarzman Scholars aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field who can articulate how the experience in China will help develop their skills as leaders are encouraged to attend this information session which will describe the program and the upcoming application process, which opens in April 2018.

Three UW-Madison alumni have received the scholarship since 2016 (read about them here). You could be next!

Fulbright US Student Program 2019-2020 competition opening soon!

The Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP) competition for 2019-2020 awards will be opening on April 2. The IRIS Awards Office will offer a number of information sessions and open houses over the coming months. Complete information on the competition, campus resources & deadlines, and more is at

Information sessions for those interested in learning more about the Fulbright program in general and the 2019-2020 FUSP competition in particular will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall
  • Wednesday, April 4, 4-5pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
  • Thursday, April 19, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall

In addition to the above, we are offering a “Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays ” workshop with the Writing Center on Wednesday, April 11, 4-5:30pm in Helen C White. Learn more and register here!

We will also have drop-in open houses as the semester ends, all in 301 Ingraham Hall:

    • Monday, April 30, 2-4pm
    • Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm
    • Tuesday, May 8, 10am-12pm
    • Thursday, May 10, 1-3pm

And you can set up an appointment at any time with the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by emailing or calling: & 608.265.6070.

Fulbright US Student Program at UW-Madison

IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award & Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship competitions accepting applications for Summer 2018

The competitions for the 2018 IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award and Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship are open!

These awards are for graduate students @ UW-Madison (in any department) planning on conducting research outside the United States during the summer 2018 field season (you can apply for fieldwork outside the summer months too). The deadline to submit applications for the SKJ Fellowships is Monday, February 19, 2018; deadline for the IRIS Fieldwork Awards is Monday, February 26, 2018. Eligible applicants can apply for both awards.

More complete details are on each award’s respective website.

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship competition now open for Summer 2018 awards!

We have opened the online application for the 2018 competition of the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship.

These fellowships are for graduate students (from any department) to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students (pre-dissertation travel award) and to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships (internship award). The deadline to submit applications is February 19, 2018.

Complete details – including eligibility requirements and how to apply – are on the SKJ website @

Still time to apply for the 2018 Boren Graduate Fellowship!

Boren Fellowships (for graduate students) provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security (broadly defined).

Complete information on the Boren Fellowships, the campus deadline & review process, and more is online @ Still have questions? Contact UW-Madison’s Boren Fellowship campus representative, Mark Lilleleht, at or 608.265.6070.

FLAS competition now open for Summer 2018 & AY 2018-2019

The area studies centers at UW-Madison are now accepting applications for Summer 2018 & Academic Year 2018-2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards. Open to US citizens & permanent residents, these awards assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies.

Complete details are available on the FLAS website @ Applications are due February 12, 2018.

We will be offering both information sessions & advising at FLAS open houses between now and the FLAS deadline! Details below and on the FLAS website.

FLAS at UW-Madison