Fulbright U.S. Student Program



You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP).

Currently enrolled UW-Madison students (both undergraduate and graduate) should select “University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI” as your selected school.

Undergraduates who will have graduated by the start of the award term and graduate students at all levels are eligible to apply for a FUSP.

UW-Madison alumni not in a graduate program at another institution are both invited and strongly encouraged to apply through the UW-Madison! Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled in an academic program to be eligible for a FUSP. Alumni interested in applying and with questions should contact Mark Lilleleht, the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator, at uwfulbright@wisc.edu or book an appointment to discuss your interest.


All applicants applying through UW-Madison must follow campus instructions & deadlines:

  • Applicants must submit Attachments A & B by email to the Fulbright Coordinator by 10:00am CDT, Thursday, September 5, 2024.
  • The deadline to mark your 2025-2026 FUSP application “ready for campus review” is 10:00am CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2024.
  • The final, national deadline to submit your application to Fulbright/IIE for 2025-2026 awards is 4:00pm CDT, Tuesday, October 8, 2024.

Read and review ALL of the documents below (updated for the 2025-2026 competition):

Each applicant is responsible for submitting a complete and correct application. Mark Lilleleht, UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator, is available to answer questions about the application requirements, process, as well as comment on drafts of application essays. Email uwfulbright@wisc.edu with questions. Applicants are advised to read all instructions on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and the campus documents (above).

Applicants must mark their application “ready for campus review” through the FUSP application portal by the campus deadline (10:00am CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2024). Soon thereafter applications are reopened and applicants can continue to revise and edit their applications up to the national deadline. All applicants must submit the final version of their applications by the national deadline of 4pm CDT, Tuesday, October 8, 2024.


We are partnering with the UW-Madison’s Writing Center on a Fulbright US Student Program workshop:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays
Thursday, April 18, 1:30-3:00pm – 6191 Helen C While Hall
Register at https://go.wisc.edu/FUSP-essays

In this workshop, you’ll learn about and explore the essay requirements, analyze successful samples from past applicants, and have a chance to ask questions and explore more about the writing and application process. This workshop is useful for people in any stage of the FUSP application process: from those considering whether to apply to those already working on their drafts.

We have project & personal statements (a key part of every FUSP application) of previous UW-Madison Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipients available for review. Please email Mark at uwfulbright@wisc.edu requesting access. Please be sure to indicate what award type you are interested in seeing the statements for: ETA or Research/Study/Arts.

We will be facilitating peer review groups for the 2025-2026  FUSP application cycle again. If you are interested in being matched with fellow UW-Madison FUSP applicant/s to review and provide feedback on FUSP statements and short answer questions, please email uwfubright@wisc.edu to be added to the peer review pool.


New since 2023: Any student enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at UW-Madison during the course of their Fulbright U.S. Student Program award will have the value of the International Academic Programs graduate course fee for that period paid to them as a scholarship by the Graduate School. The UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator will be responsible for notifying the Graduate School of the amount and duration of the IAP program fees for students who accept these awards.