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Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

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.

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Recent Luther College Fulbright recipients:

2013:  Laura Harney (Ecuador); Kimberly Horner (Malta); Matthew Lind (Turkey)

2012:  Rachel Barclay (Germany); Laura Griffin (Montenegro); Bianca Lutchen (Germany)

2011:  Sean Anderson (Columbia); Tyler Dryg (Germany); James Feinstein (Thailand); Ryan Fordice (Turkey)

2010:  Jaclyn Jirak (Czech Republic); Laura Mohs (Bulgaria); Brandon Reed (Indonesia); Carl Westphal (Egypt)

2009:  Tiffany Choi (France); Nathaniel Preus (Belgium)