Fulbright Scholar Awards

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar programme, our Scholar Awards provide the only scholarships available to academics and other professionals for lecturing and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university.

Applications for academic year 2023-24 are open.

The All Disciplines Award can be applied to lecturing and/or researching at any accredited US university.

We also offer a number of of Awards partnered with US universities and professional or charitable bodies, as well as Awards in specific disciplines.

Scholar Award grant periods last from 3 to 12 months. Depending on the Award, our grants can generally offer:

  • Generous monthly stipends
  • Sickness and accident coverage
  • J-1 visa sponsorship and pre-departure support & orientation
  • Cultural enrichment programmes and events
  • Support in the USA from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
  • Access to a global alumni network of collaborative engagement and cultural diplomacy, with over 300,000 academically and professionally accomplished members

Stipends vary from year to year. See individual Award pages for details.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a UK citizen. We also welcome candidates from British Overseas Territories.
  • Hold a PhD in a subject relevant to the award to which they are applying or have equivalent relevant professional degrees (e.g. medicine or law) or experience in the field

Dual US-UK citizens, US Green Card holders, or individuals who are resident in the US at the time of application are ineligible to apply.

Non-UK citizens who reside in the UK should contact the Commission to ascertain their eligibility for the UK programme. Some Fulbright Awards are open to any non-US citizen currently residing and committed to a career in the UK. Such exceptions, if any, will only be found on the individual Award pages of this website.

Non-UK citizens are required to apply through the Commission/Post in their country of citizenship. Applications from non-UK citizens based in the UK and committed to a life and career in the UK may also be considered if the applicant is not able to apply for a Fulbright award through their country of citizenship. Applicants in this category should contact their country of citizenship Commission in the first instance. If they are ineligible to apply through that Commission, they should contact the US-UK Fulbright Commission (programmes@fulbright.org.uk) before making an application.

The US-UK Fulbright programme aims to foster cultural understanding between our two countries. Preference may therefore be given to applicants who do not have extensive experience (six months or longer) in the USA.

Applicants with extensive US experience should explain in detail how further experience in the USA will fulfil the Fulbright mission in ways that their prior visits did not.