Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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.

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.

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.

On November 14, 2022, UW-Madison students & alumni were able to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program from Fulbright staff & past recipients as part of an International Education Week group presentation session. Still have questions? Email the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht.

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 should apply through the UW-Madison by submitting the application in the Enrolled Student category and selecting UW-Madison as your institution.

Undergraduates who will have graduated by the start of the award term 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 both invited and strongly 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 Mark Lilleleht, the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator, at uwfulbright@wisc.edu with any questions.

How to apply

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

The campus deadline for submission of the 2023-24 FUSP application was 11:59am CDT, Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Applicants must submit Attachments A & B (see below) by email to the IRIS Awards Office by 10am CDT, Monday, September 12, 2022.

Read and review ALL of the documents below:

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

We have project & personal statements (a key part of every FUSP application) of previous UW-Madison Fulbright recipients available for review. Please email Mark at uwfulbright@wisc.edu requesting access (indicating what award type you are interested in – ETA or Study/Research) and he will provide you copies to review.

The Institute for International Education (IIE) uses an online submission system. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, language evaluations, letters of affiliation, and transcripts, must be submitted online.

Applicants must submit their application through the FUSP application portal by the campus deadline (11:59am CDT, Thursday, September 15, 2022). Soon thereafter applications are reopened and applicants can continue to revise and edit their applications up to the national deadline. All applicants must submit the final version of their applications by the national deadline of 5pm EDT, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

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 applying through UW-Madison must also follow the campus deadline requirements.

New for 2023: Any student enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at UW-Madison during the course of their Fulbright US Student Program award will have the value of the International Academic Programs graduate course fee for that period paid to them as a scholarship by the Graduate School. The UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator will be responsible for notifying the Graduate School of the amount and duration of the IAP program fees for students who accept these awards.

The 2023-2024 competition is now closed! Complete details about opportunities available through 2023-2024 FUSP program are availabe on the Fulbright US Student Program website.

The UW-Madison’s campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, is available to meet to discuss the Fulbright program, the application process, your specific interests, as well as to offer feedback and more. Send an email to Mark at awards@iris.wisc.edu with your questions or to set up an appointment.

We have copies of project & personal statements from previous UW-Madison Fulbright recipients available for review; email Mark requesting access and he will provide you copies to review.

And don’t forget all the other great video tutorials & resources Fulbright has available!

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