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University of Iowa News Release

May 10, 2004

2005-2006 Fulbright Student Grants Competition Opens

University of Iowa students and staff now have the opportunity to join the ranks of actor John Lithgow, Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, opera singer Renee Fleming and 96,000 other Americans by receiving grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, has opened the 2005-2006 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program gives current UI graduate students, recent graduates, postgraduate candidates and developing professionals and artists opportunities for professional and personal enrichment abroad. Annually, approximately 5,000 new grants are awarded through national competitions of students, teachers, scholars and professionals.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. (Non-arts applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project may also be considered.)

Currently, 12 UI students are abroad on Fulbright fellowships.

Nationwide, the U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accidental insurance and full or partial tuition.

For more information or the application form, both UI students and alumni can contact Fulbright Program Adviser Roberta M. Marvin with the International Programs Grants and Development Office, at 319-335-2823. Applications must be submitted to Marvin, 256 International Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 by September 21, 2004, in order to be received by IIE by the October 21, 2004, national deadline.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are encouraged.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 257,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. In the past 57 years, 97,000 Americans have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State and by participating governments and by host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

For more than 56 years, the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study and conduct research in other nations. Fulbright student grants strive to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

More information is online at http://www.iie.org/fulbright/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: ip-fulbright@uiowa.edu