1 Fulbright/Open Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Applicants may pursue independent post-BA-level research, or undertake a graduate degree program at any accredited academic institution. Applicants should only select an Open Award if:
- They are proposing an independent research project.
- Their proposed institutional affiliation is not one of the Partnership Institutions below; or if their proposal is not eligible for consideration under the parameters of one of the Partnership Awards listed below (for example the Partnership Award may only be for PhD candidates and/or within a specific discipline, etc.)
These ‘Open’ award is the Commission’s most competitive award and prospective applicants should consider carefully all award categories before choosing to which to apply. This award is also referred to as the All-Disciplines award.
The Commission strongly encourages all applicants for the Open Award to research partner awards to determine whether comparable programs may be available at a partner university.
Grant Length: 10 months.
Master's programs in the UK may last up to one year (and in rare circumstances, 2 years). The grant period lasts a standard 10 months.
Stipend amounts are set and do not change based on length of the degree.
Applicants for independent research projects will have their visas sponsored by the Commission and will only be allowed to remain in the UK for the length of the grant.
The Commission is seeking applicants who demonstrate:
- Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic or professional excellence;
- Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK and at a particular institution;
- A desire to gain a better understanding of the peoples and cultures of their host country;
- Commitment to the community through volunteer and extra-curricular activities;
- Flexibility and dynamism necessary for active involvement in the host country.
The Commission particularly invites more applicants from media and the creative arts and encourages all applicants to review its current Fulbrighters on its website at http://www.fulbright.org.uk.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Fulbright Proposal Types
Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation. Applicants for degree programs must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission/affiliation at time of application, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.
Applicants will complete two applications, the Fulbright application and the university’s application (according to the university’s admissions procedures). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their university applications as early as possible, ideally before January 15, 2022. Applicants who fail to do so may be at a competitive disadvantage. The Fulbright Program does not cover the application fee for the university.
Applicants for independent research or PhD programs must include a letter of affiliation from their proposed host/supervisor.
The Open Award does not include a tuition waiver and applicants are responsible for funding their own tuition.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who have extensive previous experience in the UK, applicants whose proposals are to complete any part of a medical degree, including internships or residencies, or applicants who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin.
Applicants who have previously spent time at their selected university will be at a competitive disadvantage.
Applicants who have spent six or more months in the host country in the year prior to the grant are ineligible for consideration.
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.
- £14,000 for programs/research based outside of London (a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare).
- £16,500 for programs/research based in London (a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare).
No tuition waivers are available for the Open Award.
Based on Commission review, select semi-finalist applicants will be interviewed mid-February to early March. Interviews will take place via video conferencing.