Omar Escamilla
at University of Dundee and University of Strathclyde

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Lisa McGovern
at University of Dundee and University of Strathclyde

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Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute


The Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute is a five-week cultural and academic programme for US students held at University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde

The theme of the institute is Scotland: Identity,Culture and Innovation.

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Participants in this summer school will get the opportunity to:

Experience a stimulating academic programme based at two top ranked Scottish Universities in the cities of Dundee and Glasgow

Explore and learn about the culture, heritage and history of Scotland, visiting the Scottish Parliament, museums, galleries and sites of historic interest, including castles, battle grounds, stately homes and areas of scenic beauty

Develop their learning, research and communication skills and improve their oral and written presentation skills

Meet a diverse range of people, make friends and experience life as a student in two of Scotland’s main cities

Become an ambassador for studying in Scotland and the UK, and for the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde

Develop knowledge and understanding during the  academic programme of new subjects, taught by leaders in the field

Receive academic credits which can be transferred to their US University.

The Institute will run from 10 July to 13 August 2016.


The Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute will provide American undergraduate students with a unique perspective on the cultural and political forces that have shaped modern Scotland, with a strong emphasis on its pioneering role as a technological nation.  The Institute will be delivered through an innovative partnership between two distinctively Scottish modern universities – the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

University of Dundee
The University of Dundee was founded as University College Dundee in 1881, became aUni of Dundee college of the University of St Andrews in 1897 and was granted its Royal Charter as the independent University of Dundee in 1967. Dundee enjoys an outstanding reputation in medicine and life sciences and the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is one of the UK’s foremost art schools. Other important research strengths are based in the Humanities, including History, creative writing, theatre studies (in partnership with Dundee Rep, Scotland’s only centrally-funded repertory company), comic studies and forensic anthropology, led by Professor Sue Black.  The Vision for the University ‘Transformation’ underpins the University’s distinctive approach and purpose within Scotland. Dundee is a dynamic hub for the UK’s digital entertainment industry and the design for a new £45 million Victoria and Albert (V&A) at Dundee by the award-winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma reflects the city’s twenty-first century vision and creativity.

University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde is Glasgow's second university founded in 1796. It received itsUni of Strathclyde Royal Charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university and has a powerful heritage of partnerships with business and industry. Scottish history and the history of science and technology, law and the Strathclyde Business School are among its research strengths. Its location in the heart of Scotland’s largest city gives Strathclyde a unique sense of energy and drive against the background of Glasgow’s fine architecture, concert spaces, art galleries and parks. Glasgow will host the Commonwealth Games in July 2014.

For more information on the Institute see the Programme Outline under the Additional Information tab.  

Follow the tweets from 2015 and previous Scotland Institutes with the Twitter hashtag #FulbrightScots.  You could be tweeting for 2016!



The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

•    round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;
•    tuition and fees at the University's of Dundee and Strathclyde;
•    accommodation and social programme;
•    subsistence e.g. food and drink

Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, health and accident insurance.

In Dundee and Glasgow, accommodation is in modern, networked apartments with their own en suite bedroom on campus in the Student Village, located in the heart of of the city.  In Glasgow, breakfast is included each morning in the student cafeteria.  

Students will gain 20 UK credits, the equivalent of 5 US credits

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

• be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
• be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme; Glasgow
• be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
• have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
• have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
•  be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
•  be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
• have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;
• expect to return to the US and continue your education.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study
Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment). 


Deadline: Applications are due 26 February 2016 by 5pm (UK Time).

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions. If you have questions or any general enquiries about the programme, you may send them to: Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form (including Equal Opportunities survey). We recommend you use a copy word version of the application form to draft your responses before submitting the online application form.

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references and supply them with the following online reference letter form.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the online  form.   References must be received at the Commission by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered even if other pieces have been received on time. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf; we will be checking references. 

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email to in the form of a PDF.  Please do not send links to transcript access sites, as we have not always been able to access transcripts from these sites and your application may be considered incomplete. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you, and you send a copy to the address above. We will accept these transcripts.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or similar reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.  

The 'Summer Institutes' email address is for transcript attachments only. Applications not submitted by the online system will not be accepted. Transcripts or reference letters sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 5 -15 April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


25 November: Competition opens
February:  Application deadline
Late March:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
5-15 April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
9 July:  Departure for UK
10 July:  Arrival in the UK
13 August:  Return to USA

Additional Information

Programme Outline (please note that this is subject to change)

Academic Programme

By lectures, seminars and study visits undergraduates will experience Scotland through a contemporary lens in the following subject areas: 




Scottish literature in the Twentieth Century

Scottish history and palaeography

Forensic human identification

Comic and theatre studies

Applied art and design

Life sciences

River hydrology 

Visits: Glamis Castle, St Andrews, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament, McManus Gallery, Arbroath Abbey, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Calton Hill, and the US Consulate in Edinburgh.


Scottish history and identity 

Health and society in modern Scotland

Politics, the media and the independence referendum 

Science and technology

Visits: Scottish Opera Production studios, New Lanark, the Scottish Football Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, National Museum of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, US Consulate General 

Students will consider the forces that have shaped the past and are shaping the future of Scotland and will gain a strong understanding of the cultural role of Scottish institutions, historic spaces and places, national galleries and museums and the evolution of Scotland’s place in the world.

Cultural Activities

The Institute will arrange a diverse programme of cultural, local and national study visits to allow undergraduates to experience and understand the richness and vitality of Scottish life. 

Many of these visits will be developed in partnership with national institutions and organisations including Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.  Visits will include National Trust for Scotland properties, the National Museums of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Collection at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Glamis Castle and Archives and Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites in Glasgow

Students will also be given free time in Edinburgh to experience the cultural ambiance and atmosphere of Scotland’s capital city.

Programme Overview

Weeks 1-2.5 will be based at the University of Dundee, weeks 2.5-5 will be based in Glasgow at Strathclyde University. A programme of lectures, workshops and cultural visits will be undertaken. Students will produce a weekly journal and at the end of their programme will each deliver a presentation and an essay.


Students attending the Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute will receive 5 US Credits equivalent, which is 20 UK level 4 credits at (SCQF Level 10) awarded by the University of Dundee. All marks and credits will be approved at the External Examiners Meeting and the official transcripts will be send out to the students later in the year.

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The Institute will provide two peer student mentors (one from each host institution) who will escort and support participants during their five-week programme in Scotland. 

Students will be fully supported in Dundee and Glasgow by a dedicated team of Institute and academic staff, who will evaluate student academic outputs, which will comprise a reflective study, an essay and an online journal. Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment, will have a dedicated study area, containing the Institute programme, a discussion forum for joint interaction notes and photographs and journal space. Students will also have access to library and learning resources and online resources in both host institutions. A Campus Director will provide continuity throughout the five week Institute and will oversee the academic and cultural programme.