Stephen Lawrence Award

The Fulbright Stephen Lawrence Award allows for policing professionals to pursue research in areas related to law enforcement, public health and community engagement with regard to race. This grant covers an appropriate 3-month project.

The Stephen Lawrence Award in Policing will support the selected candidate to engage in a research project at the law schools of Howard University, North Carolina Central University and the University of the District of Columbia. These universities are home to leading law schools in the south and are part of the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This award is supported by the National Black Police Association (NBPA). Established in 1998, the NBPA works to place fairness at the heart of the Police Agenda. Its objective is to promote good race relations and equality of opportunity within the police services of the United Kingdom and the wider community. Membership of the association is not required to be eligible for this award.

Howard University School of Law

Howard University School of Law was created to provide legal education for Americans traditionally excluded from the profession; especially African Americans. The School of Law students, faculty, and alumni are deeply engaged in our mission of pursuing social justice in the 21st century, defined broadly to include: civil rights, criminal justice, environmental justice, human rights, and inclusion and opportunity in the corporate and financial world.

University of the District of Columbia School of Law

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law’s organizing mission is to provide a comprehensive, practical legal education to law students while providing critical legal services to low-income District residents. Our law school places special emphasis on recruiting and training students from communities underrepresented at the bar. 

North Carolina Central University School of Law

The mission of the North Carolina Central University School of Law is to provide a challenging and broad-based educational program designed to stimulate intellectual inquiry of the highest order, and to foster in each student a deep sense of professional responsibility and personal integrity so as to produce competent and socially responsible members of the legal profession.

Grant amount

  • $20,000  

This funding is intended as a contribution towards institutional fees and general maintenance costs while in the US. Accommodation will be provided for two months in Washington D.C. and one month in Durham, North Carolina. 

How to apply

1. Review the UK specific application information:

The online application is used by Fulbright programmes around the world, and Awards differ greatly from country to country. There are many fields and instructions which do not apply to UK applicants.  

Therefore, you must read the UK specific application information listed above before you apply to ensure you submit a complete application in the correct way.

2. Complete an online application. The online application includes: 

  • Biographical information 
  • Academic, professional and extracurricular accomplishments 
  • Fulbright project plans 
  • Details of the US institution(s) to which you will be affiliated 
  • Three referee nominations 

The online application requires you to upload the following documents: 

  • Scanned passport photo page 
  • CV 
  • Letter of invitation from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law: this must be sought independently by you. Please contact Dean Renee Hutchins. 

3. Complete the separate online US-UK Fulbright Commission Supplemental Form. 

This is a required part of the application, and your application will be considered incomplete without it. Please follow the link above to access the form.