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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2003

2004-2005 Fulbright Student Grants Competition Opens May 1

University of Iowa students 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 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.

Grants are awarded through a merit-based competition system and all U.S. citizens holding a B.A. degree (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. The UI on-campus application deadline for the 2004-2005 program is Sept. 30.

At the UI, 27 students applied for the 2003-2004 Fulbright awards out of which 15 were recommended at the national level. Last year, eight students were awarded Fulbright fellowships, the most ever garnered at the UI in a single year.

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 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.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 255,000 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 56 years, 96,000 Americans have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The application materials for the competition are available from Leslie Winter, grants and development assistant in the Grants and Development Office, University of Iowa International Programs, 256 International Center, 319-335-2823.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Leslie Winter, 319-335-2823, Writer: Mansi Bhatia