Fulbright Opportunity Fund

As part of our commitment to increasing participation of under-represented groups and continuing fair access, we welcome applications to the Fulbright Opportunity Fund.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is committed to widening access to the UK Fulbright Programme. We do this by maintaining equitable application and selection processes and providing the opportunity -- for students who otherwise could not afford to participate in the programme -- to apply for additional financial support since we recognise that the cost of taking up a US Education, even with a Fulbright Award, is a barrier for many UK students.

The Fulbright Opportunity Fund was launched in the 2020-21 application cycle. This fund is designed to provide financial support for students who are selected to receive a Fulbright Award, but who cannot afford to fully fund their US study after exhausting all options to find funding. In 2022 we also introduced the IIE Placement model, placing successful Awardees in a better position to negotiate financial packages with their host university, as well as finding an institution that is the right personal fit. Both of these new offerings help Awardees manage the cost of a US education.

We encourage students of all backgrounds to apply for Fulbright Awards. The Opportunity Fund exists to help students overcome the financial barriers which might prevent them from taking up an Award.

Who is eligible for the Opportunity Fund?

To be eligible to apply for the Fulbright Opportunity Fund, you must:

  • Have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship in the current application cycle
  • Have selected IIE Placement track
  • Provide evidence of specific financial need
  • Provide evidence that you have applied to other external funding bodies

What is the process of applying for the Opportunity Fund?

The Fulbright Opportunity Fund is available in the event that Fulbright Award recipients are unable to take up their Fulbright opportunity due to financial challenges.

We expect students to exhaust all other options for funding before applying for the Fulbright Opportunity Fund, such as making applications to external funding bodies. In addition to the Opportunity Fund, we have introduced several support mechanisms to help students find financial resources that will enhance their Fulbright scholarship.

The final decision to award Opportunity Fund funding rests with the Fulbright Opportunity Fund Committee.

Click here to view the Fulbright Commission's 2019 paper on 'Widening Participation, Fair Access and the Fulbright Opportunity Fund'.