CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
Annual Fulbright competition begins
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students, scholars, artists and professionals interested
in study or research abroad can now begin applying for Fulbright grants for
the 1998-99 school year.
The opening of this year's grant competition was announced by the United
States Information Agency, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
and the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 22. Further information and application
forms are available by contacting Phil Carls, Fulbright Program advisor at
the University of Iowa Office of International Education and Services (OIES)
Study Abroad Center, at (319)335-0335. OIES is located in the UI International
The Fulbright Program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, was
created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through
educational and cultural exchanges. U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, who
sponsored the legislation, saw it as a step towards building an alternative
to armed conflict.
As the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program, each year Fulbright
fellowships enable more than 800 Americans to gain international competence
through studies in more than 100 nations. Some of the fellowships provide
round-trip travel, a research allowance and tuition wavers, while others cover
only travel expenses.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
by the beginning date of the grant. Creative and performing artists are not
required to have a bachelor's degree, but must have four years of relevant
training or study. Candidates in medicine must have an M.D., D.D.S., O.D.
or similar degree at the time of application. All applicants are required
to have a certain degree of proficiency in the language of the country they
plan to visit.