International Research Fellows Program

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Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
210 Teacher Education Building
225 North Mills Street
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.4600
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International Research Fellows Program

This International Research Fellows Program is intended for graduate students, researchers, or faculty from international institutions who wish to engage with departmental faculty, graduate students, and other members of an international academic community in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in order to gain access to the resources on our campus, focus on international/global education, and hone research skills.

Fellows are given an orientation to the program, campus, and city when they arrive and design their UW experience with a designated academic advisor. The program includes the orientation, receptions, regular contact with an academic (faculty) advisor,  sitting in on up to two C&I courses (with permission of the instructor), a bi-weekly seminar focusing on research in curriculum & instruction (with faculty guests, reading and discussion, and opportunities to share research), campus lectures and events, access to campus libraries and other resources, and field visits to educational sites. This structure enables fellows to focus on their particular area of interest while ensuring maximal opportunities for engagement and interaction in the educational community on campus and in the local environment.

Duration: International Research Fellows may be in residence for either a semester (Fall or Spring semester) or for a full academic year.


Semester program: $4,000 (US)

Academic-year program: $6,000 (US)


Application Process:

Step #1.  Application
If you are interested in applying, please submit the following to the Program Director, Professor Maggie Hawkins, at:

  • A letter of inquiry detailing your academic position or role, your qualifications, your intended length of stay, and what you wish to accomplish while here
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Evidence of proficiency in English

Step #2.  Approval Process
The Program Director will inform you of the admission decision via email.

Step #3.
  Submission of documents
Upon receiving School of Education approval, you will be contacted by our office administrative assistant, who will send you a formal invitation and request the following:

  • the dates that you will arrive and depart the United States
  • information verifying how you will support yourself while here
  • a copy of your passport identity page (with photo)
  • the program fees (via check, money order, or credit card)
  • an application for a DS-2019 document

The letter will contain details regarding what is needed.

Once we have completed processing your DS-2019, you will receive an email from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s IFSS office with specific information about your visit, and our department will send the original hard copy to you via UPS, so that you may apply for your J-1 Visa.

Step #4.  Payment of the Program fee

Option #1 - Bank check or Money order

To pay the program fee via bank check or money order, submit your full payment ($4,000 USD/semester or $6,000 USD/year) made payable to University of Wisconsin-Madison to:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
International Research Fellows Program
225 N. Mills Street, Room 210
Madison, WI 53706

Option #2 - Payment by Credit Card
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction partners with the Department of Education Outreach and Partnerships for credit card processing. An additional administrative fee of $200 will be added to the program fee for scholars paying by credit card.

To pay the program fee online with a credit card, please follow these steps:

1. Go to the following website:
2. Click Register
3. Complete the Registrant Information, including your arrival date
4. Submit Registration
5. You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration

If you have questions related to the online payment system, please contact Jenni Hart at or by phone (608-263-5140).

Step #5:
You are required to arrange for your own housing while in the US.  The following websites may be a helpful resource:

Step #6:
Concluding your stay
At the end of your stay you will be awarded a certificate of completion of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction International Research Fellow Program. We request that you provide us with a brief report detailing your activities while here, gains made in your scholarship and research, and an evaluation of your experience.

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