Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For graduating seniors and recent graduates, the Fulbright Program offers the opportunity to research or teach abroad for one year.  It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.  It supports approximately 1,700 U.S. citizens through the U.S. Student program.

Luther students who are U.S. citizens with a strong academic record may apply in one of two primary categories:

Full grants are offered by the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students to U.S. recent bachelor's graduates, master's and doctoral students, young professionals and artists for study and research abroad, and will cover round-trip transportation to the host country, living costs for the duration abroad, books, research allowance, and, in most cases, full or partial tuition.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Program (ETA), an element of the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students, is designed to improve foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Participants are placed outside of capital cities in many countries around the world and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. English Teaching Assistants may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Recipients of an English Teaching Assistantship receive the same kinds of funding as awarded for full grants.

Nomination by Luther College is required. If interested, contact Terry Sparkes, Director of College Honors, for more information on applying.

Luther's internal deadline is typically around October 1.

For more information, visit http://www.iie.org/fulbright.

Recent Luther College Fulbright recipients:

Luther College has produced many Fulbright scholars over the years, even being named one of the top producers of Fulbright recipients in the country. Get to know our scholars from past years!


Kirsten Jacobson (Vietnam)

Madeline Kofoed (Argentina)

Kimberly Rooney (Senegal)

Rebecca Rudquist (Malaysia)


Laura HarneyLaura Harney, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a Spanish and biology major at Luther. She is serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Ecuador.

Harney chose to teach in order to connect with students through open dialogue and discovery. While she believes mutual respect between teacher and student is essential, she also believes it is the teacher's duty to encourage students to think critically and question the world around them.

During her time at Luther, she spent five months studying abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, and volunteered at Insituto Piloto, a grade school for children with disabilities. She hopes to continue volunteering with such children as well as compile the personal philosophies of her fellow educators. 

Matt Lind

Matt Lind, from Wausau, Wisconsin, was an international studies and political science major at Luther. He is serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey.

Lind was drawn to Turkey by his fascination with its culture and admiration for the country's secular model of government. He hopes his previous instructional experience helps him develop a teaching style capable of keeping both student and teacher actively engaged in the subject matter.

Once he returns from Turkey, Lind plans to study law and eventually pursue a career in international law. He hopes to use his experience abroad to establish mutually beneficial international relationships and help build an environment that celebrates both commonalities and differences between nations.

2012 -2013 

Rachel BarclayRachel Barclay, a 2011 Luther graduate from Sparta, Wisconsin, received a Fulbright research scholarship for the 2012-13 year. After serving an internship with the Provenance Research Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Barclay went to Munich to conduct research with scholars at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. Together, they led German efforts to establish provenance (ownership history) of art objects that changed ownership under suspicious circumstances or were subject to unlawful appropriation under National Socialism between 1933-45.

Barclay was a history major at Luther with minors in German and museum studies. She was awarded a Fulbright to support her graduate studies in art history. 


Bianca Lutchen, a 2012 graduate of Luther from Northfield,Bianca Lutchen Minnesota, was awarded the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany for 2012-2013. She majored in political science and German with a minor in sociology. Her connection with Germany started before her Luther career, during her time as a high school exchange student with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchanges, when she mentored kindergarten and elementary German students. Her love for teaching and German continued at Luther as she served as a German language tutor for American students.

Along with the teaching portion of the assistantship, Lutchen’s time in Germany with Fulbright supported her research interests in exploring the ramifications for national identity that resulted from the reunification of the former East and West Germany. Her teaching experience was at the Rudolf-Koch-Schule in Offenbach, Germany. 

Lauren GriffinLauren Griffin, a 2012 Luther graduate from Plymouth, Minnesota, is the daughter of Phil and Ellen Griffin of Plymouth. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Griffin's placement was at the University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro. She hopes to also volunteer with a local nonprofit focused on peace building and reconciliation.Sean Anderson

At Luther, Griffin practiced and improved her teaching skills through classes and an internship within the education department. She also served as an English language and writing tutor.



Sean Anderson, a political science and Spanish major from New Ulm, Minnesota, received a Fulbright award to serve as English Teaching Assistant in Colombia for the 2011-2012 academic year.





Tyler DrygTyler Dryg, a history major from Bettendorf, Iowa, received a Fulbright foreign scholarship research award. He used the award to conduct research on late medieval history in Germany.






James FeinsteinJames Feinstein, a political science and anthropology major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received a Fulbright award to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand for the 2011-2012 academic year.