UK Awards - Other Questions

Q: What are my obligations if I apply for a sponsored award?

A: If, after the interview, you meet the Fulbright criteria, your application will be forwarded to the award sponsor/partner. The sponsor/partner may want to interview you as well, though this is rare. There is no obligation on the part of the sponsor/partner to make an offer of short or long-term work, nor is there any obligation on the part of the Fulbright scholar to work for the sponsor before, during or after their Fulbright exchange. Scholars may be asked to acknowledge their sponsors in any work published as a result of their Fulbright Award.

Scholars may be asked to acknowledge their sponsor in any work they publish as a result of a Fulbright award. Some sponsors, such as Lloyd's of London, require grantees to provide a written report of the work done during their sponsored Fulbright year, and have asked the grantees o be interviewed for press. Any sponsor requirements would be communicated to the grantee in advance of the award offer.


Q: What happens if I am offered an award, but do not get a place at university?

A: If you do not get a place at a university, the offer of a Fulbright Award will be withdrawn. We strongly advise postgraduate candidates to apply to more than one university, especially if you are considering particularly competitive programmes.  


Q: How many universities can/should a postgraduate applicant apply to?

A: There is no limit on the number of universities applicants may choose to apply to. We suggest postgraduate applicants apply to a minimum of four universities and ensure they have chosen a well-balanced submission plan for which they will be competitive candidates.

For postgraduate award categories, it is advised that you apply to approximately four universities of varying degrees of competitiveness. For more information we suggest you review Factors to Consider when Choosing a Degree Programme.


Q: Can I defer the scholarship to the following year?

A: No. Fulbright Awards are offered for a specific academic year. They are not deferrable, even if you defer your place at university. You will have to reapply. The results of your prior applications will have no influence on your future applications. 


Q: Will my application be given preference if I have already been offered a scholarship by Fulbright?

A: No. We start the whole evaluation process afresh each year. The results of your prior applications will have no influence on your future applications. However, Fulbright programme policy states that preference will be given to those who have not previously received a Fulbright award.


Q: How can I find other funding in case I don't get a Fulbright award?

A: The Fulbright Commission is just one of many independent organisations that can fund international students to study in the US. The university department to which one applies can also provide a significant source of funding in the form of teaching and research assistantships.  Additionally the Fulbright Advisory Service can help you investigate additional sources of funding.


Q: Are Fulbright grants awarded for study in a third country?

A: The US-UK Fulbright Awards are intended to increase mutual understanding through educational exchange between the US and the UK.  This includes awards for study in a US or UK territory (such as Bermuda). US-UK Fulbright grants are not awarded for study in another country or country’s territory. 


Q: Under which US visa category do persons participate in the Fulbright program?

A: All non-US Fulbright grantees are required by the US Department of State to be on ‘J’ visas under Exchange-Visitor Program for the duration of their financial sponsorship.


Q: I was wondering about the possibility of applying for a Fulbright Scholarship in the US for the next academic year? Since I am close, could I arrange an appointment to meet with someone at your office?

A: We do not accept appointments at the office. All information and applications can be found on our website. The best source of regularly-updated information is our website: Should you have any specific unanswered questions please email Additionally, we post regular updates on our Twitter feed: @FulbrightAwards (UKFulbrightAwards).


Q: Am I too old to apply?

A: We have no age restrictions on our Awards.  Our minimum eligibility requirements are that you are a UK citizen and that you have obtained a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) in your first degree.


Q: Can dual US-UK citizens apply?

A: Unfortunately, if you hold dual-citizenship in the US, you are ineligible for a UK Award to the United States.


Q: Is the application deadline ever extended?

A: Application deadlines cannot be extended for individual applicants or to accommodate personal circumstances. On rare occasions, factors which may impact the entire applicant pool (eg a major postal strike) may result in an extension of the deadline. If this occurs, notice will be given on our website.


Q: Do I have to undertake my research at a college or university or am I free to situate my research in another site?

A: In addition to universities and institutions of higher learning grantees may study or undertake research in libraries, museums, or undertake private voice or musical studies, etc, without being formally sponsored by or associated with educational institutions in the US. Please note the applicant must secure an official affiliation and provide proof of the affiliation in order to qualify for a visa.


Q: Can Fulbright help me choose universities or submit my university applications?

A: No. The US-UK Fulbright Commission does not apply to universities on an applicant’s behalf. It is up to the applicant to choose and apply to US universities directly and independently. We recommend making full use of the Fulbright Commission’s Advisory Service to research suitable programmes, including the webpages on postgraduate study in the USA, outreach events at UK universities and USA Grad School Day and USA College Day events.


Q: Do I need to have a letter of acceptance from the university first before applying for a Fulbright postgraduate award?

A: No, postgraduate applicants do not need to have a letter of acceptance prior to applying for a Fulbright Award. If applicants do have a letter of acceptance at the time of applying or at the time of interview they are encouraged to attach it to their application or bring it with them to interview.


Q: Do I need a letter of affiliation/invitation from a US institution before I apply for a Fulbright Scholar Award?

A: Yes, you should include a letter of support/affiialition/invitation from a US institution willing to host you as a Fulbright Scholar. Such a letter may include information about when they expect you to be at the instituion, what they know of your research/teaching plans and provide details of what you will have with regard to office space, library and/or archive access and IT facilities.


Q: Can I complete CPT after my Fulbright experience?

A: Fulbright Postgraduates are eligible to apply for CPT during and/or upon completion of their postgraduate degree in the US. However, exceptions apply, and no grantee should arrive in the US with the expectation that they will be able to undertake any work or post-course training.


Q: How are Fulbright funding packages determined?

A: Basic Fulbright Postgraduate funding packages cover tuition fees and provide a living stipend for one academic year. Fulbright Scholar packages are designed to cover living expenses whilst in the US. Fulbright funding cannot duplicate any other funding. If cost-sharing provided by the host university or other scholarships duplicate any funding provided by Fulbright, the Fulbright stipend will be adjusted accordingly. The living stipends are determined by the US Department of State and vary from location to location depending on the local cost of living. Some Awards offer additional benefits depending on the subject involved and the sponsor supporting the award. 


Q: Can I ask the advisory service staff to review my Fulbright personal statement?

A: The Fulbright Commission’s Advisory Service provides general information and advice about study in the US and how to apply to US postgraduate programmes. The Advisory Service staff are not permitted to give any specific advice which relates directly to Fulbright Awards Applications. Please do not ask the Advisory Service to review any part of your Fulbright application. If you have specific Fulbright Award related questions please direct them to the Fulbright Awards Programme:


Q: Where can I find out more about Fulbright Programme policies?

A: You can refer to the Global Fulbright Porgramme Policies at:


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