Criminal Justice and Police Research Fellowships


Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now closed.

Application deadline: 1 August 2016

Each year, approximately two awards are offered to active US police officers and civilian staff to conduct research, develop professional expertise and gain experience in the UK for periods of three and five months. In exchange for serving as host, fellows can be a resource for UK institutions by offering to speak to students and faculty about policy and practice in the US. Candidates will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs.


The grant is for £2,000 per month paid in installments directly to the grantee, the first of which is typically given just prior to arrival in the UK. Limited sickness and accident benefit coverage as well as participation in a number of Fulbright Scholar events including the Fulbright Forum in January are also included.

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility for this award category:

  • US citizen (resident anywhere but the UK)
  • Written endorsement by supervisory staff within the department
  • Confirmation of full or partial financial support from the home department
  • Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic or professional excellence
  • Evidence that participation in the program will produce benefits of significance to the larger law enforcement community
  • Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK
  • Interest in the peoples and cultures of the UK
  • Clear set of objectives for the Fulbright period
  • Commitment to the host community through volunteer and extracurricular activity

This award is designed to enable active police officers, civilian professional staff involved in policy aspects of policing, or academics to research any aspect or problem of policing, security, forensic science, or criminal justice. Preference will be given to those who do not have extensive experience in the UK. Candidates with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, police studies or a related discipline within the social sciences are also preferred but those without a degree but who have shown excellence in other areas, will be considered. Female and ethnic minority staff are particularly encouraged to apply. 


In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic and/or professional excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to work for the betterment of the home and host countries both during and after studies.


Applicants must draw up a detailed project outline and provide evidence that a UK institution will agree to act as host and supervisor. Applicants are responsible for finding their own affiliation with an UK institution. This does not need to be established at the time of application, but candidates who can demonstrate that they are actively pursuing an affiliation will be viewed more favorably. Whether lecturing, conducting seminars or researching, the specifics of this arrangement should be worked out directly with the institute of affiliation. The grant year is from September until August, but fellows must begin the grant between 1 September and 30 April.

Applications are made online through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). You will be able to log in and out of your application account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting.

The online application facilitated by CIES is used by Fulbright Commissions worldwide and each Commission sets its own policies and procedures with country-specific information for making an application for a Fulbright Award in their country. It is imperative that you read the Terms and Conditions on this website before submitting your application.

Applicants should review the FAQs before submitting an application. Applicants are also encouraged to register to the Fulbright Commission’s website to receive updates from the Commission.

Successful applicants will be invited for telephone interviews with Fulbright Commission staff on the date(s) listed below. Interviews will be held on the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled.



1 February - Competition opens, applications available at CIES
1 August - Application deadline
November - January - Applications evaluated, short-listed candidates invited to interview Mid January - Telephone Interviews
March - Notification
April-June - Fulbright scholar paperwork preparation
Early August - Late April - Independent arrival, participation in Orientation and the Fulbright Forum events in London, your Fulbright Year begins!

Additional Information

The major police training center in the UK is the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) in Hampshire. Their facilities are extensive and they have previously hosted recipients of these awards. The NPIA is also a useful starting point for finding affiliation elsewhere in the UK and candidates are encouraged to contact them for advice on suitable locations for any particular course of study.

In Scotland, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) has affiliations with 12 Scottish universities and is an excellent source of information and advice on opportunities in Scotland. Prospective applicants may also find the Scottish Police College helpful.

Relevant UK university programs are usually identified as Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminology, Criminal Justice or Corrections. Search for host institutions in the UK: