Economics and Decision Sciences
Special Scholarship Programs at WIU
The Master of Arts in Economics program enrolls four to eight Fulbright Scholars at any given time. These international scholars are supported by a program of the United States government named after the late Senator William J. Fulbright who proposed the enabling legislation.
Each scholar is chosen by a selection committee in her/his own country. The process is highly competitive. Frequently, the Scholars have previous work experience in business or government.
We have come to regard the Fulbright Scholars as a superb educational resource that provides our American students with a unique opportunity to explore the culture, economics, and politics of other nations.
In recent years, our Fulbright Scholars have come from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ecuador, Lithuania, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zambia.
The Fulbrights from Eastern Europe have generally received 10 month grants. In most cases, they were able to obtain an additional two months of funding and were able to finish the program in one calendar year.
Peace Corps Fellows
The Department of Economics participates in the Peace Corps Fellows Program in Rural Community Development. This is a cooperative program between the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, the Department of Economics, and several other academic departments.
All of the Fellows have completed their tour of duty overseas. The program combines academic coursework with an 11 month internship served in a rural community or a regional development office.
The core courses are drawn from both the Department of Economics and the Department of Geography. Fellows graduate with a Master of Arts in Economics degree upon completion of the program.
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program
The Muskie Fellowship Program funds master's degree level study in a number of disciplines, including economics. The application process is competitive and open to students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Mannheim and Bayreuth Exchange (German University Exchange)
Western Illinois University has a graduate student exchange program between the Universities of Mannheim and Bayreuth in Germany. These students usually finish the MA degree in one calendar year.