Fulbright Program

Through the Fulbright Program, you can receive a grant to study or work abroad while representing the U.S. as a cultural ambassador.

The J. William Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program that aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

About 8,000 grants are available in more than 160 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants have been used to conduct research, pursue graduate degrees, and teach English abroad.

To date, Fulbright has provided opportunities to roughly 370,000 participants.

Students & Recent Alumni

The U.S. Student Fulbright program is open to graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will hold a bachelor’s degree by the grant start date. You can submit your application as an undergraduate student, but you must complete your bachelor’s degree before funding would be awarded.

You need to prepare your Fulbright application well in advance to meet the selection process deadline. Grants are distributed in the following year.

The Winona State University campus deadline is in September each year.

Fulbrights vary in competitiveness since each country chooses how many spots they will fund and which types of awards they offer.

This means that some countries have 50 applicants for one award, whereas others may only have a few applicants. Don’t assume it’s too competitive to apply!

Current undergraduates and recent alumni should contact the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Renee Stowell at rstowell@winona.edu for more information.

I applied for a Fulbright because of the professional and personal growth I will have when living, teaching, and connecting with others in a culture different from my own.

Ava De Jong ’22, Spanish (Teaching)


The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs offer opportunities for American scholars, artists, and professionals to conduct research, lecture, and consult with other scholars and institutions abroad.

WSU faculty who are interested in applying should explore the Fulbright Scholar Awards Catalog and learn more about program requirements and deadlines.

Teachers & Professionals

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs offer opportunities in select countries for professional development such as:

  • Taking or leading courses
  • Visiting and observing schools
  • Collaborating on projects

There is a semester option as well as a short-term (2-6 weeks) option.

Some international academic institutions offer the Fulbright Specialist Program. This is another option for U.S. faculty and professionals, where you’ll spend 2-6 weeks serving as a consultant on:

  • Curriculum
  • Professional development
  • Institutional planning
  • Other related subjects
Contact Us
Renee Stowell
Fulbright Scholar Liaison for Students & Alumni
Ted Reilly
Fulbright Scholar Liaison for Faculty