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"As a Fulbrighter I feel I’ve become part of a wonderful, eclectic and gifted family."
2014-15 RCS Fulbright Scholar, Marc Bullock
In this award category, one grant is offered to a UK based trainee surgeon who is member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England to pursue research into the development of new operative techniques, improvements in patient care and recovery and/or the causes of surgical conditions and how to treat them, for a period of 3-12 months.
This award is generously sponsored by Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Research grants can be carried out at any accredited US higher education institution. Candidates choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently.
Candidates will not be permitted to practise clinically while in the US and research projects must not involve direct clinical contact with patients.
Read above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline.
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.
The Royal College of Surgeons Research Award provides the US dollar equivalent of £2275 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.
There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists 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.
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.
*Converted at the prevailing rate at the time of the grant
In order to apply for this award you must:
Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US host institution preferences. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.
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.
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. Those who hold joint citizenship between the UK and any country other than the US may apply in this award category.
Please read all of this information very carefully before starting an application.
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.
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 for a Fulbright Award. In the application you must provide:
You are also required to upload the following to your online application form before submitting it:
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.
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.