Fulbright Scholar Awards to the USA
As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar programme, our Scholar Awards provide the only scholarships available to UK-based academics and other professionals for lecturing and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university.
Scholar Award grant periods last from 3 to 12 months. Depending on the Award, our grants can generally offer:
- Generous monthly stipends
- Limited sickness and accident coverage
- Logistical and visa support
- Cultural enrichment programmes and events
- Membership of national arts and culture organisations
- Academic journal database packages
Monthly stipends vary from year to year and are typically enough to comfortably cover the cost of living in the UK
Applications are currently closed for academic year 2024-25.
Scroll down to see more information about the timeline for submitted applications.
See Scholar Awards to the US:
Lecture and/or research in any discipline.
Teaching and pursuing independent research in any subject area.
Fulbright-National Archives and Heritage Science Fellowship
Research and pursue professional development in science
Research in any discipline related to risk
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Research into a number of surgical areas.
Stephen Lawrence Award
3-month research project on law enforcement & race
Teach and pursue research on issues of the contemporary urban environment.
How to apply
Scholar Award application instructions
Choosing an Award
There are several Scholar Awards available each year. We recommend applying for an Award that best fits your experience and research/teaching interests.
Selection committees and interview panels will be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US university preference. We expect candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions that are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.
1. Review the UK specific application information:
- Review the eligibility criteria
- Read the UK-specific application instructions
- Read the UK-specific terms and conditions
- Review the Fulbright Commission Privacy Notice
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.
Please note, applications for 2024-25 are now closed.
- 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
- Letter of invitation from your prospective US institution (this must be sought independently by you from the institution/department)
- Creative writing or artwork sample (if applicable)
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.
You must make separate arrangements with your chosen US host institution(s), the timeline and for which will vary from the Fulbright application. You do not need to have a host firmly in place before submitting your Fulbright application, but you must have a confirmed host affiliation in order to receive your Fulbright grant, if successful.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel interview in January or February. Scholar Award interviews are in person and cannot be rescheduled.
All applicants will be informed of their status by March.
UK Scholars Application Timeline
In general, the Fulbright Scholar Awards competition for British citizens follows the below timeline each year. Candidates must make their own independent applications to US institutions. Applications for academic year 2024-25 are now closed.
For academic year 2024-25
Early August 2023
November 6th 2023
End of January 2024
Shortlisted candidates invited to interview
All candidates notified of their status
Fulbright Finalist Workshop
August onwards 2024
Independent departures to the USA
This session provides a brief overview of the different partner awards available this year and some guidance on our online application.
This webinar includes a presentation and Q&A about what we look for when reviewing applications.
Get to know Ade Solanke, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and academic who is currently on a Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship at Emerson College.