Announcing Fulbright Awards for UK citizens 2020-21

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020-21 Postgraduate and Scholar Awards for UK citizens.

Fulbright Awards provide generous grants for study, research and teaching in the United States. Approximately 40 grants will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year, covering close to 30 categories, including the All-Disciplines Award, which can be used to support postgraduate study, research or lecturing in any subject at any accredited US higher education institution. Our partner awards provide funding to study or research at specific universities or within particular disciplines or sectors.

New this year, we are able to offer the BAFTA Scholarship, in partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. This scholarship will provide funding for UK students to pursue a master’s degree in film or in a discipline related to the practical art forms of the moving image at any accredited US university.

We are also pleased to offer several Awards with the Welsh Government, including grants to support a master’s degree in any discipline, a semester-long project for a visiting student researcher and the Wales Public Sector Award, which will allow an individual working in the public sector of Wales to conduct research or assess best practice.

We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds to apply for Fulbright Awards. As part of our commitment to increasing participation of under-represented groups and continuing fair access, the Fulbright Opportunity Fund will be available for the first time in the 2020-21 application cycle. This fund is designed to provide financial support for students who are selected to receive a Fulbright Award, but who cannot afford to fully fund their US study after exhausting all options to find funding.

Maria Balinska, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said:

"The Fulbright is more than just an academic grant – it is a transformative learning experience, an opportunity to immerse oneself in American culture and membership in a community of exceptional global changemakers that will last a lifetime. As the new Executive Director of the US UK Fulbright Commission, I am particularly excited to launch this year’s awards cycle and invite you to explore the range of possibilities on offer. Good luck – we look forward to your applications."

How to apply

For more information on the whole list of available Awards, deadlines, eligibility and how to apply visit the Postgraduate Awards and Scholar Awards sections of the Fulbright website.

The Fulbright Commission will be accepting applications for the 2020-21 awards competition from Thursday August 15 2019 until 5pm on Wednesday November 6 2019.


New this year, we have introduced the Fulbright Opportunity Fund as part of our commitment to increasing participation of under-represented groups and continuing fair access. Learn more here.


Postgraduate Awards

Scholar Awards