Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For graduating seniors and recent graduates, the Fulbright Program offers the opportunity to research or teach abroad for one year.  It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It awards approximately 2,000 grants in over 140 countries each year.

Luther students who are U.S. citizens with a strong academic record may apply in one of two primary categories:

Study/research grants are offered to recent bachelor's graduates, master's and doctoral students, young professionals and artists for study and research abroad, and will cover round-trip transportation to the host country, living costs for the duration abroad, books, research allowance, and, in most cases, full or partial tuition.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) is designed to improve foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Participants are placed outside of capital cities in many countries around the world and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. English Teaching Assistants may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Recipients of an English Teaching Assistantship receive the same kinds of funding as awarded for study/research grants.

Nomination by Luther College is required. If interested, contact Professor Elizabeth Steding, Director of Student Honors and Fellowships, for more information on applying.

Luther's internal deadline is early in September.  All materials, including references and transcripts, must be uploaded to the Fulbright application site by the internal deadline. 

For more information, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Recent Luther College Fulbright recipients:

Luther College has produced many Fulbright scholars over the years, even being named one of the top producers of Fulbright recipients in the country. Get to know our scholars from past years!


Marta Williams

Marta Williams graduated in 2019 with a degree in biology. As a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to Germany, Marta conducted research at the University of Bonn Center of Neuroscience with Dr. Harald Neumann. Read more about Marta here.







Ethan Taylor

Ethan Taylor is a 2016 graduate who studied history and biology. After college Ethan taught English in South Korea for three years before heading to Tajikistan as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Read more about Ethan here.







Kristin Carlson

Kristin Carlson graduated in 2018 with a triple major in communication studies, music, and philosophy. She served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a music academy and a secondary school in Latvia. Read more about Kristin here.








Betsy Fawcett

Betsy Fawcett is a 2017 graduate who majored in political science and psychology. She served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ukraine. Read more about Betsy here.








Patrick Larson

Patrick Larson graduated in 2017 with a degree in economics. He served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bulgaria. Read more about Patrick here.








Julia Reimann

Julia Reimann is a 2016 graduate with a degree in religion and music. She was a Fulbright ETA in Malaysia.








Ashley Heffernen

Ashley Heffernen, a 2015 graduate, was a Spanish major at Luther and served as a Fulbright ETA in Mexico.







Kirsten Jacobson graduated in 2012 with degrees in history and French. As a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Kirsten traveled to Vietnam to pursue her passion for intercultural education, and engage in further study in international relations and cultural exchange.

Kimberly Rooney is a 2014 graduate who studied Africana studies and French. While at Luther, Kimberly began research on Senegalese educational organizations and philosophies, and she intends to continue this research while working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Senegal.

Rebecca Rudquist

Rebecca Rudquist graduated in 2014 with a degree in English education. She served as a Fulbright ETA in Malaysia.








Madeline Kofoed

Madeline Kofoed graduated from Luther in 2014 with majors in Biology and Spanish and served as a Fulbright ETA in Argentina.







Laura Harney

Laura Harney, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a Spanish and biology major at Luther. She served as an English Teaching Assistant in Ecuador.







Matt Lind


Matt Lind, from Wausau, Wisconsin, was an international studies and political science major at Luther. He was an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey.






2012 -2013 

Rachel Barclay

Rachel Barclay, a 2011 Luther graduate from Sparta, Wisconsin with a degree in history, received a Fulbright Research Grant to Germany, where she worked with scholars at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich.







Bianca Lutchen


Bianca Lutchen, a 2012 graduate of Luther from Northfield, Minnesota with majors in political science and German, served as a Fulbright ETA in Germany.






Lauren Griffin


Lauren Griffin, a 2012 Luther graduate from Plymouth, Minnesota, was a Fulbright ETA at the University of Donja Gorica in Montenegro. 







Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson, a political science and Spanish major from New Ulm, Minnesota, received a Fulbright award to serve as English Teaching Assistant in Colombia for the 2011-2012 academic year.







Tyler Dryg

Tyler Dryg, a history major from Bettendorf, Iowa, received a Fulbright foreign scholarship research award. He used the award to conduct research on late medieval history in Germany.






James Feinstein


James Feinstein, a political science and anthropology major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received a Fulbright award to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand for the 2011-2012 academic year.