New Fulbright Cyber Security Award Open for 2016-17

The Cabinet Office and the Fulbright Commission Support Cyber Security with New Awards

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is now accepting applications for its new Cyber Security Awards

The Fulbright Cyber Security Awards, announced in January 2015, were the initiative of the Cabinet Office as part of a package of increased US-UK cyber security cooperation discussed on the visit of Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House for talks with President Obama.

Both governments agreed to support and fund these new awards. The awards for US citizens have been open since the beginning of the year. Parallel awards for UK citizens are now open.

The new Award will provide an opportunity for some of the brightest minds to conduct research in cybersecurity in the US. The exchange programme will build networks and encourage collaboration between American and British universities, bringing together world-class cyber security researchers.

This award is designed to enable academic or professional experts in cyber security to conduct research, pursue professional development, and/or assess best practice at any US institution for a period of 3 to 6 months. Research outputs should produce benefits of significance to the larger cyber security community. 

In exchange for being hosted at an institution, Fulbright cyber scholars will be a resource for US institutions by offering to speak to students and faculty about cyber security policy and practice in the UK.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I am so proud that the US-UK Fulbright Commission could respond so rapidly and run with a new idea that is central to the crucial goal of global security. I feel sure that the US-UK collaboration on this new programme will make a significant contribution to securing all our futures.” 

Natalie Black, Director, OCSIA, Cabinet Office said: “I hope the new Fulbright Cyber Security Award will encourage those who may not have considered a career in cyber before and provide a unique opportunity for those that are more experienced to deepen their knowledge. As a former Fulbright scholar I know what an incredible opportunity this is and it’s fantastic that even more US and UK scholars will be able to meet and collaborate to build a lasting partnership.”

Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office said: “The UK and the US take cyber security very seriously. Training up the next generation of ‘cyber defenders’ with the launch of the new Fulbright Cyber Security Award encourages future talent on both sides of the Atlantic.  Today’s announcement delivers on the Prime Minister and President Obama’s commitment to work together to defend our critical sectors like our energy, transport and financial infrastructure from cyber threats.”

For press enquiries, contact:
Amy Moore
Director, Awards Programme
0207 498 4016

Jamie Dunn
Director, Advising and Marketing
0207 498 4019 

Notes to Editors: Full details regarding the awards, including the selection criteria, benefits and awards categories, can be found on our website. For information about past scholars please visit the Meet Our Fulbrighters section of the website. 

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. 

About the Fulbright Awards Programme: Each year, the Commission supports UK and US citizens to study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmesFulbright scholars come from many geographic regions of the US, and their fields of study and their UK host institutions are equally diverse. While on exchange, the cohort puts into practice the Fulbright mission of fostering leadership, learning and understanding between cultures. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, economist Joseph Stiglitz, Peter Higgs, Nobel prize winning physicist and architect Lord Rogers.

About the Fulbright Advisory Service: The US-UK Fulbright Commission also supports US-UK exchange through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Advising Team provides a wide range of information and hosts events for individuals interested in any level of US study. The Fulbright Advisory Service is the UK’s only official source of information on educational opportunities in the US and is part of the EducationUSA network of over 450 US advising centres worldwide.

About the OCSIA: The Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance supports Cabinet Office ministers and the National Security Council in determining priorities in relation to securing cyberspace. The unit provides strategic direction and coordinates the cyber security programme for the government, enhancing cyber security and information assurance in the UK.