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Police Research Awards


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

In this award category, generously supported by the Metropolitan Police Service and Police Scotland, up to three grants are offered to active UK police officers to conduct research, pursue professional development and/or assess best practice affiliated with any US institution for a period of three to five months.

Funding for this application cycle is to support Metropolitan/Scottish Police. Police from other forces may apply and will be considered for a Fulbright award under our All-disciplines category.

Candidates choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently. In exchange for serving as host, Police Research Scholars can be a resource for US institutions by offering to speak to students and faculty about policing and criminal justice in the UK.


Please read the above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline. You can also read 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 grant.

Grants in this category are for up to £2300 per month and are paid in instalments directly to the grantee, 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, 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.

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

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
  • active police officer or police staff (any rank).

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 or more). 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.


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

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 from the prospective host(s) – if successful, your Fulbright Award will only be tenable at this institution(s). Candidates are not required to follow a course, but must have an academic affiliation* during the award period. Applications must be endorsed by the applicant’s chief officer or Head of HR. Additionally, you will submit a personal statement and project objective statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent on your behalf.

Projects should demonstrate relevance to the applicant’s work and their home force, the wider implication for national policing, the applicant’s ability to undertake independent research in the US, and a clear plan for sharing newly acquired expertise upon return to the UK, including the submission of a detailed report of their research for distribution to their Chief Officer, ACPO, the Home Office, Scottish Police College and the Fulbright Commission. Copies of Fulbright Police Research reports will be permanently stored at the National Police Library at Sunningdale Park and at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle.


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. Your reference letters should not be posted as they will be delivered to Fulbright electronically via the online system.
  5. Submit the online application, along with several supplemental forms including the Commission Form and Employer Promissory Statement Form
  6. 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.

*Applicants should investigate possible affiliations with academic institution(s) in the area(s) in which they wish to be based. The academic affiliation(s) may be supplemented, but not replaced, by contact with local police forces for assistance in practical matters. US universities with courses in the following subject areas may be suitable for the fellowship (though this is not an exhaustive list): Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Corrections.


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 should investigate possible affiliations with academic institution(s) in the area(s) in which they wish to be based. The academic affiliation(s) should be supplemented, but not replaced by, with contact with local police forces for assistance in practical matters. US universities with courses in the following subject areas may be suitable for the fellowship (though this is not an exhaustive list): Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Corrections.

Copies of Fulbright Police Research Fellowship reports are held by the Scottish Police College Library, Kincardine, Fife. These are available for loan to Library members or for reference purposes within the Library to non-members.  Please contact for further information


Useful links:

Embark Application Form

UK Scholar Application Instructions

Terms and Conditions for UK Scholar Awards

Commission and Equal Opportunities Form

Employer Promissory Statement Form