The US-UK Fulbright Commission is one of the longest running arms of the Fulbright Program. Its Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships comprise a range of university- and subject-specific awards, as well as the Fulbright All Disciplines Award, which can be used to study at any accredited American university.
These are the university- and subject-specific Fulbright awards:
The exact benefits vary from scheme to scheme, but you can expect to receive a generous contribution to your tuition fees and living costs along with help with your visa and health insurance.
The Fulbright All Disciplines Award is the most competitive of the scholarships available for UK students to study in the USA, providing a grant of $5,000 per month. They encompass postgraduate study in any subject at any accredited American university. The following qualifications and circumstances are eligible for an All Discipline Award:
- Masters degrees
- PhD degrees
- Research projects
- Postgraduate certificate programme (and other Masters-level, non-degree study)
In order to satisfy the eligibility criteria for one of these Fulbright scholarships, you’ll usually need to be a UK national. However, in some circumstances non-UK nationals who have lived in the UK for a while and are committed to life there may also be able to apply for a Fulbright scholarship.
You’ll also need to have achieved at least a 2.1 in your undergraduate degree (or be expected to do so). If you’re applying with a 2.2, you’ll need to complete a separate form during the application process.
How to apply for a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
It’s important to bear in mind that you’ll usually need to make separate applications for the Fulbright Program and your chosen American university.
After applications open in March, the first stage is to complete an online application, which includes:
- Academic transcripts
- Admission letter from your American university
- Contact details for three referees
- Personal statement
- Scanned passport photo
- US-UK Fulbright Commission Supplemental Form (this is separate to the main online application)
- Your bio and accomplishments
Although academic excellence is key element of a successful Fulbright scholarship application, there are plenty of other factors to consider. For example, evidence of your ambassadorial qualities and leadership skills will help you stand out from the crowd, as well as a demonstrable passion for American culture.
Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now closed. Applications for 2025-26 will open in February 2024
If you’re shortlisted after the online application, you’ll be invited in August to an interview in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast. You’ll find if you’ve been successful in early September.
Find out more about the Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships for UK students.