Fulbright Specialist Programme

The Fulbright Specialist Programme invites UK universities to host a leading US academic or professional to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a programme or institution


The Fulbright Specialist roster comprises over 3,000 American academics and professionals who have significant and substantial experience and accomplishments. Fulbright Specialist applications are peer-reviewed before being accepted to the roster.

Host institutions develop and submit project proposals to the programme. Successful project proposals will be matched with suitable Fulbright Specialists. The list of eligible Specialist disciplines is available online.

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Fulbright Specialist projects must be between two and six weeks in length. 

It can take several months for project proposals to be reviewed and matched with a Fulbright Specialist, depending on roster availability and visa processing times. With this in mind, there are two project proposal deadlines for prospective host institutions each year:

  • Mid-September - for projects taking place from the end of November to the beginning of January
  • Late October - for projects taking place from mid-January to the end of the academic year

We appreciate as much time as possible to review your project and, if successful, match it to a Specialist.


The Fulbright Specialist application process is moving to a new online platform for 2017-18, the details of which will be announced later this year.

Please email Ana Guerra Pereira, Programme Manager for any questions you might have about the Fulbright Specialist Programme. Alternatively, more information is available on the Fulbright Specialist Programme website.

Cost sharing

Costs for the Fulbright Specialist Programme are shared between the US Department of State and the host institution.

The State Department funds the Specialist's international economy fare travel and approved related expenses, plus a pre-established honorarium.

Host institutions normally cover in-country per diem costs for lodging, meals and transportation.


Specialists are required to enter the UK under a Tier 5 (Temporary workers - Government Authorised Exchange) visa. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is responsible for applying and issuing of the Specialist's Certificate of Sponsorship, and we are able to provide some guidance about the Tier 5 visa process.

It is the Specialist's responsibility to apply for the visa; the US-UK Fulbright Commission cannot arrange visas on a Specialists' behalf. The Specialist will need to apply to the appropriate British Consulate for clearance to enter the UK.

The cost of the visa application will be reimbursed to the Specialist directly by UK Visas and Immigration.