1 Fulbright/University of Birmingham Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
One award is offered to pursue a one-year Master's or higher research program (or the first year of a Master's or higher research degree program, such as a Ph.D.) in any subject at the University of Birmingham.
The University of Birmingham: the global university at the heart of an ambitious city. Persuasive, persistent and bold, Birmingham encourages and empowers people to turn ingenuity into reality and make important things happen.
Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. It was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was England’s first ‘civic’ and ‘redbrick’ university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. The University is a founding member of the Russell Group and the National Union of Students. Already ranked in the top 100 of the QS 2020 World University Rankings, Birmingham is now ranked 96th in the world in the US News & World Report 2020 rankings.
In the last academic year, the University of Birmingham welcomed 259 American students from 39 US States studying on our three-year Bachelor’s degree, one-year Master's degree, or three-year PhD programmes across our five academic Colleges. These colleges include Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, and Social Sciences. Particularly popular subjects of study and research for US students at Birmingham include Shakespeare studies, political sciences and biosciences.
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 for Ph.D. programs should include a letter of support from their proposed supervisor.
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.
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.