International Research Fellows Program

If you are a faculty, researcher, or advanced graduate students from an international institution, the University of Wisconsin–Madison International Research Fellows Program offers you the opportunity to hone your research skills in global education as a visiting scholar. In this program, you engage with a local and international academic community in one of the top-ranked curriculum and instruction departments in the United States.

The program includes:

  • Orientation to the program, UW–Madison campus, and the city of Madison, Wisconsin, when you arrive
  • Regular contact with a designated academic faculty advisor who helps you design your UW experience
  • Opportunities to attend up to two Curriculum and Instruction courses (with permission of the instructor)
  • A biweekly seminar focusing on research in curriculum and instruction, featuring faculty guests, reading
  • Campus lectures and events
  • Access to campus libraries and other resources of a major research university
  • Field visits to educational sites
  • Receptions

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Why become a research fellow?

The structure of International Research Fellows Program enables you to focus on your particular research area of interest while providing engagement and interaction with the educational community on campus and in the local community. At the end of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction International Research Fellows Program.

Program duration

As an International Research Fellow, you may be in residence for either fall or spring semester, or for a full academic year.

Fellowship cost

Semester program: $4,000 (USD)

Academic year program: $6,000 (USD)

How to apply

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 when 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 International Faculty and Staff Services (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 North Mills Street, Room 210
Madison, WI 53706

Option 2: Credit card

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction partners with the School of Education’s Professional Leadership and Community Education 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. Visit the registration website.
  2. Click Register
  3. Complete the Registrant Information, including your arrival date
  4. Submit Registration
  5. You will receive an email confirming your registration

If you have questions related to the online payment system, please contact Jenni Hart at or by phone (1-608-263-5140).


You are required to arrange your own housing while in the United States. Most fellows rent or sublease apartments near campus. The following websites may be helpful:


If you have questions about the International Research Fellows Program, please email Professor Maggie Hawkins at She will be happy to help!