The US-UK Fulbright Commission is an organisation dedicated to fostering research connections between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Every year they offer postgraduate scholarships to talented British students to help them study at an American university (and vice versa).
A Fulbright Postgraduate Award offers the following benefits:
- A contribution towards your tuition fees (this could cover the first year of fees or fully-fund the entire degree, depending on the award and institution)
- Health insurance cover
- Visa sponsorship
Fulbright Scholars will also gain valuable networking opportunities through a global alumni organisation, as well as support during their studies from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
There are a range of Fulbright Postgraduate Awards available, with some providing a fully-funded PhD degree and others only offering a one-year tuition fee waiver. You can check out the Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships on their website.
Eligibility for Fulbright Postgraduate Awards
The main eligibility requirement for a US-UK Fulbright Award is, unsurprisingly, that you must be a British citizen. However, if you’re a foreign national settled in the UK you may also be able to apply.
You’ll also need an undergraduate result of at least a 2.1 (although a 2.2 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis).
As the primary goal of the US-UK Fulbright Commission is to foster new connections between the countries, the ideal candidate won’t have spent more than six months in the United States already.
Applying for a Fulbright Postgraduate Award
The application process for a Fulbright Award usually opens in August, with a deadline in early November.
You’ll need to make an online application with the following documents/details:
- Academic transcripts
- Passport photo
- Personal statement
- Research objectives
You’ll also need to complete a separate application to the university you want to do your PhD at.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in the following February.
Other Fulbright PhD scholarships
The above information focuses on the US-UK Fulbright Commission, which is part of a much larger network of organisations devoted to helping talented international students attend American universities.
Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowships, for example, offer Indian students the chance to complete a funded research placement (six to nine months) in the USA.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides Nigerian doctoral students with the opportunity to conduct PhD research in the United States.
Fulbright Germany’s Doktorand:innenprogramm (PhD student programme) is a similar scheme to help German researchers complete work in the USA.
You can view Fulbright programmes by country on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.