1 Fulbright/University of Manchester Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
One award is offered to pursue a one-year Master’s degree program (or the first year of a longer Master’s degree program) in any discipline, excluding the MBA program, at the University of Manchester.
Manchester was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and continues to play host to innovation and enterprise. Established in 1824, the origins of The University of Manchester are entwined with the history of the city and the region.
As the largest single-site university in the UK, with the biggest student community, The University of Manchester welcomes more international students than any other institution.
The University of Manchester is:
• Ranked 6th in the UK, and 29th in the world (2019 QS rankings)
• Ranked as having 83% of its research deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
• The most targeted university by UK graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2018)
• Currently home to 2 Nobel Prize winners, and has a total of 25 winners among current and former staff and students
• A founding member of the Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, committed to maintaining the very best research, and outstanding teaching and learning experience
A number of important firsts took place at The University of Manchester. These include:
• Ernest Rutherford first splitting the atom
• Kilburn and Williams building the world’s first stored program computer - The Manchester Baby
• Arthur Lewis becoming Britain’s first black professor
• Christabel Pankhurst being first woman to graduate from the University in law
• Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov isolating graphene for the first time
The University of Manchester offers academic programmes across a wide breadth of disciplines, and is divided into three faculties:
• Biology, Medicine and Health
• Science and Engineering
Previous programmes studies by Fulbright-University of Manchester Scholar include:
• History of Science, Technology and Medicine
• International Development
• Visual Anthropology
Grant Length: 10 months.
Master's programs in the UK may last up to one year (and in rare circumstances, 2 years). Unless otherwise stated, funding is provided for the first year of the degree - although the grant period is 10 months, tuition waivers cover the entire first year and student visas are not impacted by grant length.
Stipend amounts are set and do not change based on length of the degree.
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.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Fulbright Proposal Types
Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation and 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.
Tuition for the first year of study will be waived internally by the host university.
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.
The MBA is not eligible for this award.
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.
- Full tuition waiver for the first year of study
- £14,000 living stipend (a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare).
The living stipend is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK.
Based on university partner feedback, select semi-finalist applicants will be interviewed mid-February to early March. Interviews will take place via video conferencing.