University of South Florida Postdoctoral Award


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In this category, one award will be offered to a qualified British postdoctoral researcher to carry out research for up to two years at the University of South Florida (USF) in any of the following disciplines only:

Applied Anthropology;
Applied Physics;
Cell, Micro, and Molecular Biology;
Computer Science and Engineering;
Integrative Biology;
Marine Science;
or Psychology.

This award is named in honour of University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft.

Candidates should make contact with the University of South Florida directly to secure an affiliation before applying to Fulbright for this award. Vice Provost Roger Brindley will be pleased to receive individual enquiries and discuss available options. He may be reached at

Please read above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and 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.


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.

Grant Amount

The University of South Florida Award provides $45,000 per academic year for a maximum of two years. 

Grants are paid in instalments directly to the grantee, by the University of South Florida beginning after arrival and orientation. $40,000 is intended as a salary and $5,000 is allocated for associated living costs such as medical insurance. 

Other Grant Benefits

A number of memberships, sickness and accident benefit coverage, and J1 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 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.

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 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.

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 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. 

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 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 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:

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.


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

30 January-10 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.