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All-Discipline Postgraduate Student Awards

Overview

Applications for this award open on 1 August 2015.

 

In this award category, up to 10 awards are offered each year to UK citizens as a contribution toward the first year of postgraduate study, doctoral study, visiting student research, or for 'special student research'. Grants are available for academic work in any subject, at any accredited US university.

Candidates choose and apply to US university departments directly and independently.

Please read the above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Postgraduate Student Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and the awards timeline. You can also read profiles of current and past scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme.

Please note: the Fulbright Awards Programme also offers field specific postgraduate-level scholarships, including but not limited to Medical Studies, Public Policy, Affairs and PlanningJournalism, Executive MPP at NYU-Wagner and MBA at Harvard. A variety of other sponsored and subject-specific postgraduate-level scholarships are also available. If your project falls in any of these categories, you should apply in the other specific category.  Please take a look at all of our awards options to see which ones are applicable to you. 


Benefits

Fulbright Awards offer generous financial support to contribute toward the first year of postgraduate study in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship – we offer our grantees the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivalled support both during and after their Fulbright year. 

Grant Amount

Fulbright All Disciplines Awards contribute up to $45,000, and are intended as a contribution towards the first year of tuition fees and general maintenance costs whilst in the US.

The grant is paid in instalments, the first of which is typically given just prior to departure from the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. 

Other Grant Benefits

A number of memberships, sickness and accident benefit coverage, and J-1 visa sponsorship are also included.

Pre-Departure Support

There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists Workshop (March) and a 2-3 day Orientation Programme (July). Once in the US, further support is offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Post-grant Benefits

The benefits of a Fulbright Award do not end once the grant period is over. 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 Fulbright alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including UK Fulbright alumni network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through ongoing social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities and mentoring schemes.


Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this award you must:

be a UK citizen* (resident anywhere except the United States), and

hold or expect to obtain a minimum 2:1 honours undergraduate degree or the equivalent prior to your anticipated enrolment with a US university.

What do we look for in our applicants?

  • a strong research project and academic excellence
  • demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of British culture,
  • experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities,
  • evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to your home country upon returning.

Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US university preferences. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Previous US experience

As our aim is to foster cultural understanding between the US and UK, some preference will be given to applicants who do not have recent, extensive experience in the US (6 months or more in the last five years). If you do have significant experience in the US, we still encourage you to apply and explain in your application how further experience in the US will fulfil the Fulbright mission and not be a duplication of prior visits

Terms and Conditions of Grant and FAQ's

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

Awards are not available for peripatetic visits or attendance at conferences only, nor for projects based outside of the United States.

*Non-UK citizens are encouraged to use our advisory service in the UK, but to apply for Fulbright scholarships through the office in their country of citizenship (see http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries.html). US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply in this Award categoryThose who hold joint citizenship between the UK and any country other than the US may apply in this award category.

Applying

The Fulbright online application system is called Embark and is used by all Fulbright Commissions worldwide. Each Commission sets its own policies and procedures and country-specific instructions for using the online application system. 

UK Fulbright Application Instructions

Before beginning an application on Embark, read and follow the UK Fulbright Application Instructions.  It is critical that you follow the instructions in this document in order to submit an accurate and complete application for the UK Commission.

* You must apply for a place at US Universities separately from your Fulbright application. Those who do not secure a place at a US university will not be able to take up their awards.

Online Fulbright Application Form

In order to make an application to the UK Fulbright Commission you need to register with the Embark online application site. You will be able to log in and out of your account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting. 

It is imperative that you follow the UK country-specific instructions as you complete the Embark online application; failure to do so will mean that your application may not be considered.

You must complete the Embark online application form in order to apply for a Fulbright Award. In the application you must provide:

  • biographical information about yourself, your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and project plans.
  • details of one or more US institutions with which you will be affiliated and include a letter of invitation (sought independently) from the perspective host(s) 
  • a personal statement and project statement, 
  • details of three referees who must each submit a letter of recommendation to the online system on your behalf. 

References

Request three reference letters using the online Embark system. Notify your referees that they will receive an email invitation from the Embark system to submit a reference for you online.

Your reference letters should not be posted as they will be delivered to Fulbright electronically via the online system.

Required Additional Forms

You are also required to upload the following to your online application form before submitting it: 

  • a scanned copy of your passport bio page 
  • the Fulbright Commission Equal Opportunities Form – accessed here
  • a copy of your CV

Fulbright Interviews

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews on the date(s) listed within the Timeline tab above. Interviews will be held on one of the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled. 

All interviews must be conducted face-to-face.

Timeline

1 August 2015 - Competition opens; applications available online

8 September - Applicants encouraged to attend Grad School Day to learn about US postgrad admissions processes

26-27 September - Applicants encouraged to attend College Day to visit the Fulbright Awards booth with questions, and to see the breadth of the US education system with over 100 universities exhibiting on the day

6 November - Application deadline

November-January - Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up

mid-January - Short-listed candidates invited to interview

26 Jan- 13 Feb - Fulbright interviews

late February - Notifications, finalists invited to Fulbright Finalist's Workshop

18 March 2016 - Fulbright Finalist’s Workshop in London

March-June - Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork

7-8 July 2016- Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation

From mid-July 2016 to 30 April 2017 - Independent departures, Your Fulbright Exchange begins

Upon returning to the UK, candidates will be invited to participate in Fulbright alumni activities including our annual Returners’ Workshop as well as informal social events.


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