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David Baker
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Elon University Scholar Award

Overview

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Applications for 2017-18 are now closed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in August 2017.

In this category, up to two grants are offered to UK academics or professionals for teaching and research at Elon University, North Carolina. 

Typically, the scholar would teach two courses that fit within Elon's list of disciplines and interact with their own field. They will devote their remaining time to pursuing independent research in any subject offered at Elon or at nearby research facilities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University. Please note that Elon offers a library loan scheme with these and other nearby institutions. 

Grants can be for a period of one semester or for a full academic year.

Candidates should make contact with Elon University directly and independently. For additional information and to request a letter of affiliation from Elon please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of Global Studies.  

Read above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Elon University Award, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline.

You can also read profiles of our current and past Fulbright scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme

Benefits

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.

Grant Amount

Grants in this category are for $5000 per month. 

The grant is paid in instalments, the first of which is typically given just prior to departure from the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. 

Other Grant Benefits

Pre-departure Support

There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalist Workshop (March) and a 2-3 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 a chance to apply for their Outreach Lecture Fund to fund guest lecturing invitations at US institutions.

Post-grant Benefits

The benefits of a Fulbright Award do not end once the grant period is over. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 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 and mentoring schemes.

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this award you must:

  • be a 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

What do we look for in our applicants?

  • a strong research project and evidence of academic excellence
  • 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,
  • evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to the UK upon returning

This particular grant looks specifically for those interested in teaching students at the undergraduate level, and successful candidates will be asked to teach two courses within their discipline during their semester at Elon.   Elon is well known as a leader in engaged learning and offers support to all faculty through its Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Elon is also recognized by its strong residential campus community. Candidates enthusiastic about connecting to the life of the larger campus community will gain the most from this award and experience.

Selection committees and the interview panels will be looking for clear reasons for selecting the Elon University Award. 

Previous US experience

As our aim is to foster cultural understanding between the US and UK, some preference will be given to applicants who do not have recent, extensive experience in the US (6 months or more in the last five years). If you do have significant experience in the US, 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.

Terms and Conditions and FAQs 

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 http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries.html). US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply in this Award category.

Applying

Please read all of this information very carefully before starting an application.

UK Fulbright Application Instructions

The Fulbright online application system is called Embark and is used by all Fulbright Commissions worldwide. Each Commission sets its own policies and procedures and country-specific instructions for using the online application system. 

Before beginning an application download, read and follow the UK Fulbright Application Instructions.  It is critical that you follow the instructions in this document in order to submit an accurate and complete application for the UK Commission.

The Embark Online Application

In order to make an application to the UK Fulbright Commission you need to register with the Embark 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. 

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

You must complete the Embark online application form in order to apply to for a Fulbright Award. In the application you must provide:

  • biographical information about yourself, your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and project plans.  
  • details of the US institution with which you will be affiliated and include a letter of invitation (sought independently) from the prospective host 
  • a project statement, 
  • details of three referees who must each submit a letter of recommendation to the online system on your behalf
  • a Course Syllabi (description of a sample semester length course that you would teach at Elon - up to 10 pages total) and a Teaching Report (description of the courses you have taught to date). Please refer to the UK Fulbright Application Instructions for more information on what is required.

Required Additional Forms

You are also required to upload the following to your online application form before submitting it:

Fulbright Interviews

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews on the date(s) listed within the Timeline tab above. Interviews will be held on one of the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled. 

All interviews must be conducted face-to-face.


Timeline

1 August 2016 – Competition opens; applications available online

6 November 2016 – Application deadline

November-January – Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up

mid-January – Short-listed candidates invited to interview

30 January-10 February 2017 – Fulbright interviews 

late February – Notification, finalists invited to Fulbright Workshop

17 March 2017 – Fulbright Finalist Workshop in London

March-June – Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork

6-7 July 2017 – Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation

From mid-July 2017 to 30 April 2018 – 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.


Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to review Elon's taught courses, departments, and majors, and to consider how they might engage with the curricula. 

While the primary affiliation will be with Elon, and the focus, teaching, the scholar/s may also take advantage of Elon’s proximity to nearby ’research triangle’ institutions – Duke, Chapel Hill and NC State – having freedom to visit these other universities and make connections there.

This particular grant looks specifically for those interested in teaching students at the undergraduate level, and successful candidates will be asked to teach two courses within their discipline during their semester at Elon.   Elon is well known as a leader in engaged learning and offers support to all faculty through its Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Elon is also recognized by its strong residential campus community. Candidates enthusiastic about connecting to the life of the larger campus community will gain the most from this award and experience.

For additional information and to request a letter of affiliation from Elon please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of Global Studies.