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Fulbright Summer Institute: Scotland-Identity, Society and the New Enlightenment


Scotland 2016The Fulbright Commission and the University of Dundee Summer Institute is a three-week cultural and academic programme for four (4) US students. The Institute carries a theme of: Scotland: Identity, Society and the new Enlightenment

Participants in this summer school will get the opportunity to:

Experience a stimulating academic programme based at a top ranked Scottish University in the Northeastern city of Dundee 

Explore and learn about the culture, heritage and history of Scotland, visiting Scotland's capital city, 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 a Scottish Northeastern city.

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

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.

From the fifteenth century, Dundee, situated on the banks of the River Tay, was a major seaport, with extensive trading connections to the Baltic and Northern Europe. Those connections have shaped the city and its environs, with castles, fortifications and Flemish vernacular architecture. They are all within easy reach of Dundee, Scotland’s second city after Edinburgh during the Renaissance. This three week Summer School and Fulbright Institute will embrace and expand on the history, culture and modern renaissance of the area.

This Institute will take place from: 3 -21 July 2017.

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 and the evolution of Scotland’s place in the world. They will be joined by US students attending the School of Humanities Annual Summer School, which will provide an added dimension to their experience.

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. 


ScotlandThe 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 of Dundee;
•    accommodation and social programme;
•    per diem for subsistence e.g. food and drink

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

In Dundee, accommodation is in modern, networked apartments with their own en suite bedroom on campus, shared cooking facilities and eating area located in the heart of of the city.  

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;
•    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.

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 highlighting why an experience in a Summer Institute would be transformative for the applicant, 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 not be discriminated against due to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).


Deadline: Applications are due 23 February 2017. Midnight EST.

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

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form. You will be asked to register to the website with a username (e-mail address) and password.  You may save your application in order to return and work on/finish at a later date. 

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the following online form.  

Applicants: Do not complete this form. Please guide your chosen referees to this webpage. 

Referees: Please complete the form accessed via the above link. You should complete the form and upload a letter on organisational/institutional letterhead where there is an 'upload' button on the form.  The form (with letter) must be submitted on or before the deadline or it will not be considered a complete application. 

3. Copy of your transcript: Transcript needs to be attached to the online application in the form of a PDF. Please do not send the US-UK Commission these PDFs or links to transcript access sites. Transcripts need to be included on the form for a complete application. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you; we will accept all transcripts, if they are included in the application.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or other reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.   


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of  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.


23 November: Competition opens
23 February:  Application deadline
Late March to early April:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
Early April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
1 July :  Departure for UK
2 July:  Arrival in the UK
22 July:  Return to USA

Additional Information


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

Scottish literature and language in the Twentieth Century

Life Sciences: the Discovery Centre

The Poison Pen: Crime, forensics and fiction

Scottish history and palaeography

The Scottish Highlands: from Outlander to Clearance 

Contemporary Scotland: politics and society within the context of Brexit and Scottish Devolution

Forensic human identification and facial reconstruction

Comics and Graphic Novels: Dundee and the world

Contemporary photography and electronic media arts

City of Design and the V&A in Dundee

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. 

Lectures and workshops will be held throughout the Campus. External visits will include Glamis Castle and its historic Archives, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Scottish Parliament, Bannockburn, Inverness and Culloden Battlefield and Glencoe.

Many of these visits will be developed in partnership with national institutions and organisations including Historic Scotland and The Scottish Parliament. Visits will include National Trust for Scotland properties (including Culloden Battlefield, Glencoe, Bannockburn and the National Wallace Monument), the Royal Collection at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle and historic archives, the East Neuk of Fife and the former royal burgh of St Andrews. 

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

Programme Information

A programme of lectures, workshops and cultural visits will be undertaken. Students will produce a weekly reflective journal and at the end of their programme will each deliver a presentation and submit an essay.



Students attending the University of Dundee East of Scotland Fulbright 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 annual External Examiners Meeting and the official transcripts will be sent to the students later in the year.


The Institute will provide a peer student mentor who will escort and support participants during their three-week programme in Dundee. Students will also be fully supported in Dundee by a dedicated team of Institute and academic staff. They will evaluate student academic outputs. Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment, will have a dedicated study area, containing the Institute programme, a discussion forum for joint interaction notes and photographs. Students will also have access to library and learning resources and online resources. The core academic team will provide continuity throughout the three week Institute and will oversee the academic and cultural programme.