Fulbright U.S. Student Program

We will have a few more early Fulbright US Student Program information sessions on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, March 7 both starting at 3pm in 336 Ingraham Hall! Come learn about the program, opportunities available, the application process, resources available here on campus to assist you throughout the process, and how to best position yourself in the coming months for the opening of the 2020-2021 award cycle in April!


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs.

Projects can include university coursework, independent library or field research, teaching English, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Recent projects have involved cancer research in the United Kingdom, free-market development in Mauritius, women’s rights in Chile and contemporary artistic expression in India.

Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional and artistic growth, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers valuable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. IIE offers a number of video tutorials guiding you through the general Fulbright program and each of the different award types @ http://us.fulbrightonline.org/tutorials.


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for the FUSP.

Enrolled UW-Madison students must apply through the IRIS Awards Office (328 Ingraham Hall) by submitting the application in the Enrolled Student category. Graduating seniors and graduate students at all levels are eligible to apply for the FUSP.

UW-Madison alumni not in a graduate program at another institution have the option of applying through the UW-Madison (and are encouraged to do so). Applicants do not have to be in an academic program to be eligible. Alumni interested in applying for this program through UW-Madison should contact the IRIS Awards Office at awards@iris.wisc.edu.

How to apply

All applicants applying through UW-Madison must follow campus instructions & deadlines.

The campus deadline for submission of the 2019-20 electronic application was 11:59am CT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Applicants must submit Attachments A & B (see below) by email to the IRIS Awards Office by 10am CT, Monday, September 10, 2018.

Read and review ALL of the documents below:

Each applicant is responsible for submitting a complete and correct application. Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards & the UW-Madison Fulbright Program Advisor, is available to answer questions about the application requirements, process, as well as comment on drafts of application essays. Email awards@iris.wisc.edu with questions. Applicants are advised to read all instructions on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and the campus documents (above).

The Institute for International Education uses an electronic submission system. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, language evaluations, letters of affiliation, and transcripts, must be submitted electronically via the IIE’s system.

Applicants must submit their application electronically by the campus deadline (11:59am CT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018). Soon thereafter applications are reopened and applicants can revise and edit their applications up to the national deadline. All applicants must submit the final version of their applications by the national deadline (for 2019-2020 competition) of 5pm ET, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Please note: The national deadline is the final submission deadline for those applying through UW-Madison. It is the only submission deadline for “at-large applicants.” Applicants enrolled as students at this university or alumni applying through UW-Madison must follow the the campus deadline requirements.

Complete details on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) are available on the FUSP website.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 4pm the Writing Center will be putting on a workshop, “Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays”. More information & registration available here.

The campus deadline for the 2020-21 FUSP competition will be set in the coming months. Full information on the next competition will be available in early April. Last year the campus deadline was September 12, 2018 & the national (final) deadline was October 9, 2018.

We have copies of project & personal statements from previous UW-Madison Fulbright recipients available for review in 301 Ingraham Hall. Ask for them at the front desk.

Questions can be sent to Mark Lilleleht, UW-Madison Fulbright Program Advisor, by email or phone, 608.265.6070. Mark is available to meet to discuss the Fulbright program, application process, your specific interests, etc!