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University of Iowa News Release

May 11, 2005

2006-2007 Fulbright Grant Competition Open To UI Students And Alumni

University of Iowa students and alumni from the United States are invited to compete for the 2006-2007 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which for 58 years has provided future U.S. leaders with an opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other nations. 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.

Current UI students and UI alumni should contact the campus Fulbright Program Adviser Roberta M. Marvin with the International Programs Office for Research and Development at 319-335-2823 or ip-ord@uiowa.edu. Applications must be submitted in full to Marvin at 256 International Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 by the campus closing date of Sept. 21, 2005.

The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,100 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and full or partial tuition. Fulbright travel-only grants are also available to limited countries. At the UI, 35 students have received Fulbright grants over the past five years.

In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. Professional 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. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.

Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 260,000 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 58 years, 98,000 Americans have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States 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. 

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

For more information, applicants should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Web site at http://www.fulbrightonline.org or contact Roberta Marvin at 319-335-2823 or ip-ord@uiowa.edu.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Roberta Marvin, 319-335-2823, ip-ord@uiowa.edu; Writer: Po Li Loo