Action on Hearing Loss Research Award


This award is no longer being offered. Please refer to our Awards menu for a list of current Fulbright awards.

Action on Hearing Loss logoThe Fulbright Awards Programme is the only organisation that offers scholarships for academic work in any subject, at any accredited US university.

In this Award category, generously sponsored by Action on Hearing Loss, up to three grants are offered to UK academics or professionals to pursue laboratory based research into prevention, diagnosis or treatment of all forms of hearing impairment, for a period of three to twelve months.

Candidates choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently.

Please read the above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline. We also provide profiles of current and past scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme.


Fulbright Awards offer generous financial support for academic projects in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a grant – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and educational experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year.

Grants in this category are for the US dollar equivalent of £75,000 (converted at the prevailing rate), paid in instalments directly to the grantee, the first of which is typically given just prior to departure from the UK. This amount is for the full twelve-month project; grant amounts are prorated for shorter projects. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, travel to/from the US, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. A number of memberships, sickness and accident benefit coverage, and visa sponsorship are also included. There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists Workshop (March) and a 3-day Orientation Programme (July). Once on-the-ground in the US, further support is offered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), including additional travel grant opportunities to accept guest lecturing invitations at other US institutions.

While a Fulbright Award is one year in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 Fulbright Awards have been given since the Programme’s inception, and alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including the UK Fulbright alumni network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through ongoing social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities, mentoring schemes and much more.

Selection Criteria

The Fulbright Awards Programme is looking not only for academic excellence but also:

  • demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of British culture,
  • experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities,
  • leadership potential, and
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to your home country upon returning.

Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US university preferences. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which provide cost-effective study opportunities and are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Minimum eligibility for this Award category:

  • UK citizen* (resident anywhere except the United States), and
  • hold or expect to receive a PhD (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the US.

As our aim is to foster cultural understanding between the US and UK, some preference will be given to applicants who do not have extensive experience in the US (6 months). If this applies to you, we still encourage you to apply and explain in your application how further experience in the US will fulfil the Fulbright mission and not be a duplication of prior visits.

Please read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs for this Award before making an application. Awards are not available for peripatetic visits or attendance at conferences only, nor for projects based outside of the United States.

*Non-UK citizens are encouraged to use our advisory service in the UK, but to apply for Fulbright scholarships through the office in their country of citizenship (see US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply in this Award category.


To apply for a Fulbright Award, you will complete an online application and provide biographical information about yourself, your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and project plans.  You will indicate one or more US institutions with which you will be affiliated and include a letter of invitation (sought independently) from the perspective host(s) – if successful, your Fulbright Award will only be tenable at this institution(s). Additionally, you will submit a personal statement and study objective statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically on your behalf.

Please follow these steps to apply for a Fulbright Award:

  1. First, review the selection criteria tab above to ensure you are eligible to apply for an Award.
  2. Before beginning an application, read and follow the UK Country-Specific Online Application instructions. Each Commission sets its own policies and procedures and country-specific instructions for using the online application system, so it is critical that you follow the instructions in this document.
  3. After you have read the instructions, you need to register with the online application site. You will be able to log in and out of your account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting. In addition to biographical and academic data, you will submit a personal statement, study objective statement and your host institution preference(s).
  4. Request three reference letters using the online system.
  5. After completing the online application, you must print and sign a hardcopy and submit this, along with several supplemental forms. You must send the entire application, along with the supplemental forms, not just the final signature page.
  6. Post your printed materials to the Fulbright Awards Programme. Your reference letters should not be posted as they will be delivered to Fulbright electronically via the online system.
  7. Successful applicants will be invited for interviews on the date(s) listed within the timeline tab above. Interviews will be held on the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled. All interviews must be conducted face-to-face.

It is imperative that you follow the UK country-specific instructions; failure to do so will mean that your application may not be considered.


1 August - Competition opens, applications available
15 November - Application deadline
November-January - Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up
mid-January - Short-listed candidates invited to interview
28 Jan-15 Feb - Fulbright interviews
late February - Notification, finalists invited to Fulbright Workshop
18 March - Fulbright Finalist’s Workshop in London
March-May - Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork
mid-June - Early independent Scholar departures**, Fulbright exchange begins
week of 8-12 July - Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation
From mid-July 2013 to 30 April 2014 - Independent departures, Your Fulbright Exchange begins!

Upon returning to the UK, candidates will be invited to participate in Fulbright alumni activities including our annual Returners’ Workshop as well as informal social events, soirees and other activities.

**Scholars with projects beginning in the early summer (e.g. late June - early July) may request to attend the 1-day Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation in lieu of the full 3-day Orientation, which is mandatory for all grantees.

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