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Fulbright-Royal Holloway, University of London Award
In the 2017-18 cycle, one Fulbright-Royal Holloway, University of London Award will be offered to pursue a one-year Master’s degree programme (or the first year of a longer Master’s or PhD programme) in any subject at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Please note: Partner Awards no longer require a letter of affiliation from the international office, department, or supervisor of your intended programme or research project.
In this Award category, the grantee will receive a full tuition fee waiver from Royal Holloway, University of London. In addition, the grantee will receive £14,300 which is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs (accommodation, travel, subsistence, etc) while in the UK.
A Fulbright Award is much more than a financial grant – it offers scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience. Fulbright postgraduates in the UK are invited to participate in a wide range of events, and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities organised by the Fulbright Commission. An annual 3-day Orientation takes place in mid-September in London; a 4-day Fulbright Forum highlights a specific place or region of the UK each January (Belfast in 2015); and a farewell ‘End-cap’ weekend is planned around each 4th of July weekend (Stirling in 2015).
Postgraduates are also invited to attend annual conferences hosted by several European Fulbright Commissions, including: the Seminar on the EU and NATO held in Belgium and Luxembourg, and the annual Fulbright Workshop held in Berlin.
Fulbright grantees also benefit from organisational memberships and affiliations, including The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), The Royal Oak Foundation (The National Trust), andThe English-Speaking Union (ESU), and are invited to participate as a judge in the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition, and attend lectures at Gresham College (est. 1597) in London. Grantees also receive a free Elsevier scholar support package, which includes access to the entire suite of SciVerse products (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Applications), subject-specific databases (Embase, Compendex, BrainNavigator, Reaxys), and a wide range of online journals (including The Lancet). In addition, London-based scholars may wish to apply for housing at the prestigious Goodenough College.
During a Fulbright exchange, postgraduates are matched with a ‘Fulbright Friend’ – a mentor from a Fulbright alumni programme within their city or region.
The benefits of the Fulbright network do not end upon departure from the UK – receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 Fulbright Awards have been given since the Programme’s inception, and alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including the UK Fulbright Alumni Network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through on-going social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities, and mentoring schemes, including the recently launched Fulbright 1:1 Programme and our sister organisation The Sutton Trust.
The Fulbright Awards Programme is looking not only for academic excellence, but also:
• experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities,
• leadership potential, and
• a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to your home country upon returning.
In addition, all candidates must meet the minimum eligibility for this Award category:
• US citizen resident anywhere except the United Kingdom, and
Applications are reviewed by several organisations, including the Fulbright Scholarship Board, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the Fulbright Commission. Selection committees and interview panels will be looking for clear reasons for selecting the chosen UK programme and institution. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions and programmes which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.
Those resident in the UK may not apply in this Award category.
Non-US citizens must apply for Fulbright scholarships through the office in their country of citizenship (see http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries.html). If in the UK, an Advisory Service is located in the Fulbright Commission office which allows individuals to research opportunities for studying in the US. (NB: This office does not provide advice on completing Fulbright Award applications.)
The Fulbright application is similar to, but separate from an application to a university or academic institution. Candidates choose and apply to the university(ies) and/or academic programme(s) in the UK they wish to attend directly and independently. Please refer to the timeline to see when to apply to Fulbright, as this may differ from the timeline for applying to academic programmes, universities, and institutions. A Fulbright Award is contingent upon gaining acceptance to the chosen UK institution and/or programme.
Following the application deadline and subsequent review of applications, successful applicants may be invited for telephone interviews by the Fulbright Commission (please see the timeline). Telephone interviews will be held on the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled.
31 March 2016: US Student competition opens, applications available via IIE
11 October 2016: Application deadline
December 2016 through January 2017: Applications evaluated and candidates short-listed
February 2017: Telephone interviews
March 2017: Notification
April 2017 through June 2017: Fulbright paperwork and preparation
Mid-September 2017: Independent arrival, Orientation in London, and Your Fulbright Year begins
Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the top research-intensive institutions in the UK and is internationally recognised for excellent research and teaching across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Royal Holloway students join a community in which academic staff are working at the frontiers of their subjects, and degree courses, interdisciplinary programmes and specialist research centres reflect current thinking and the latest developments. Research is enhanced by collaborations with industry and commerce.
Since Queen Victoria presided over the grand opening of the Royal Holloway on 30 June 1886, the College has continued to grow in size and status, becoming part of the University of London at the turn of the 20th century. The College is today one of the University’s largest multi-faculty colleges and upon graduation all students receive a degree from the University of London, which is recognised globally.
The College is home to a community of over 9,000 students from over 120 different countries. With a third of students coming from outside the United Kingdom, Royal Holloway offers a welcoming study environment for students from all backgrounds. International students are supported by a range of specialist academic and careers services as well as excellent welfare services and accommodation.
Royal Holloway is located on a beautiful campus near the town of Egham in Surrey. All teaching, learning, accommodation and student support facilities are located on one main site. The campus is just 19 miles from central London, meaning that students can take advantage of all that London has to offer whilst studying in safe and attractive surroundings.
For Royal Holloway's website please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/home.aspx
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