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All-disciplines Scholar Awards
Applications for 2017-18 open 1 August 2016.
In this award category, up to five grants are offered to UK academics and professionals to undertake lecturing, research or a combination of the two in any discipline for a period of 3 to 12 months.
The research may be conducted at any accredited US university. Applicants should choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently.
The tabs above contain more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline.
Fulbright Awards offer generous financial support for academic projects in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a grant – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and educational experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year.
The All-disciplines award provides $5,000 per month.
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
There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists Workshop (March) and a 2-3 day Orientation Programme (July). Once on-the-ground in the US, further support is offered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), including a chance to apply for their Outreach Lecture Fund to fund guest lecturing invitations at US institutions.
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 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 ongoing social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities and mentoring schemes.
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 receive a PhD (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the US
What do we look for in our applicants?
- a strong research project and evidence of 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 a range of extracurricular and community activities,
- evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
- a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to the UK upon returning
Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US host institution 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 and FAQs
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 category. Those who hold joint citizenship between the UK and any country other than the US may apply in this award category.
Please note that the awards for 2017-18 will open in August 2016.
Please read all of this information very carefully before starting an application
UK Fulbright Application Instructions
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.
Before beginning an application download, 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.
1. Embark Online 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 the US institution with which you will be affiliated and include a letter of invitation (sought independently) from the perspective host(s)
- a project statement,
- details of three referees who must each submit a letter of recommendation to the online system on your behalf
2. 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. You are required to download the Commission and equal Opportunities Form, fill it out completely and upload it to your application on the Embark system. Your application will be considered incomplete without this form
- a copy of your CV
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.
1 August 2016 – Competition opens; applications available online
6 November 2016 – Application deadline
November-January – Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up
mid-January – Short-listed candidates invited to interview
23 January-3 February 2017 – Fulbright interviews
late February – Notification, finalists invited to Fulbright Workshop
17 March 2017 – Fulbright Finalist Workshop in London
March-June – Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork
6-7 July 2017 – Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation
From mid-July 2017 to 30 April 2018 – 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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