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Fulbright Summer Institute: Scotland-Technology, Innovation and Creativity


The Fulbright Summer Institute with the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art will provide 10 American undergraduate students with a unique perspective on Scotland’s tradition of innovation and creativity and how this is shaping Scotland’s future and its place in the world. 

The theme of the Institute is: Scotland: Technology, Innovation and Creativity.

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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 institutions in Glasgow: the Glasgow School of Art and University of Strathclyde.

Explore and learn about the culture, heritage and history of Scotland, visiting the Scottish Parliament, museums, galleries and sites of historic interest, including castles, 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 Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city.

Become an ambassador for studying in Scotland, the Fulbright Commission, the Glasgow School of Art and the University of 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 22 July - 12 August 2017.

Scotland 2016The Institute will provide participants 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 institutions – the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Uni of Strathclyde


University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is Glasgow's second university founded in 1796. It received its 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. 

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of ArtThe Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. A studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer-learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.


Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology. Then as now our purpose remains the same – to contribute to a better world through creative education and research.


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 Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde;
•    accommodation and social programme;
•    subsistence e.g. food and drink

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

Students will be hosted at the GSA’s Blythswood House student resident, a short walk from both the GSA and Strathclyde campuses in the heart of the city and also at the GSA’s new campus in the Scottish Highlands. 

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

Selection Criteria

Scottish Institute participantsTo 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 26 February by 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
26 February:  Application deadline
Late March to early April:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
21 July:  Departure for UK
22 July:  Arrival in the UK
12 August:  Return to USA

Additional Information

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

Academic Programme

Through lectures, seminars and study visits undergraduates will learn about the development of Scotland as a technological nation and an innovative and creative society. Students will experience Scotland through a contemporary lens in the following subject areas: 

Scottish History and Identity

The Scottish Enlightenment and applied Enlightenment 

Contemporary technology and innovation: Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre

Contemporary Scotland: law, politics and the media

How Scotland’s rich cultural and historical assets have informed our past and our future

Health, medical technologies and innovations in new medicines: Strathclyde’s Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Digital Health Institute (joint research project between the University of Strathclyde and GSA) and GSA’s research in health and well-being including the definitive 3-D human

Creative and innovative approaches to future cities with Strathclyde’s Institute for Future Cities and the GSA’s Glasgow Urban Lab

Building Creativity – a unique insight in to the GSA’s Mackintosh Building, one of the world’s finest examples of modernist architecture, which is currently undergoing a major restoration project

Design Thinking working with the staff from the GSA’s Institute for Design Innovation to create and design the ways of living we want

Students will consider the forces that have shaped the past and are shaping the future of Scotland as a technological, innovative and creative society. Students will gain a wider and 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.

Participants will gain unique access to institutions and professionals and the off-campus programme will take in range of locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Scottish HIghlands.  Students will be hosted at the GSA’s Blythswood House student resident, a short walk from both the GSA and Strathclyde campuses in the heart of the city and also at the GSA’s new campus in the Scottish Highlands. The Blairs Steading on the Altyre Estate near Forres has been transformed into a world-class research and teaching space. This is an unparalleled opportunity for students to study within a newly renovated campus in spectacular surroundings.

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, both in Glasgow and throughout the country. 
Many of these visits will be developed in partnership with national institutions and organisations including Historic Environment Scotland, Creative Scotland, the Scottish Parliament, National Museums of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and access into Glasgow’s creative and innovative communities and clusters across the city.

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

Programme Overview

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 Institute will receive 5 US Credits equivalent, which is 20 UK level 4 credits at (SCQF Level 10) awarded by either GSA or the University of Strathclyde. 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.


The Institute will provide one Academic Director from both the University of Strathclyde and the GSA and one peer student mentor from each institution who will accompany and support participants during their three-week programme in Scotland.

Students will be fully supported in Glasgow and at the Altyre Estate by a dedicated team of Institute and academic staff, who will evaluate student academic outputs, which will comprise a reflective journal, an essay and a formal presentation. 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. The Campus Director will provide continuity throughout the three week Institute and will oversee the academic and cultural programme.