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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

United Kingdom

1 Fulbright/Loughborough University PhD Award NEW

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Fall Start
Award Profile

One award is offered to pursue any PhD programme offered by the Loughborough University.

Loughborough University consistently ranks as a top 10 UK university (The Complete University Guide 2021, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, The Guardian University Guide 2021) which, aside from its teaching and research excellence, is driven by the University’s UK-leading student satisfaction ratings (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2006-2018).

Loughborough University offers the opportunity to study at two UK campuses in Loughborough and London, each offering something very different. Loughborough is a bustling market town located in the East Midlands, home to a stunning 440-acre single-site campus – one of the largest in the UK. London on the other hand is a global city, famous for its cosmopolitan culture and fast pace of life, with our campus based on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Although formed in 1909 as a Technical Institute, Loughborough University’s excellence in sports, both at an academic and participatory level, is internationally renowned. The University is first in the world for sport-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) and is home to several sporting organisations including British Athletics, British Swimming, the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport England.

Loughborough University are proud to welcome many former NCAA and NAIA student athletes each year to study at postgraduate level. Eligibility does not exist in the UK, so student athletes can continue competing throughout their studies. Our athletes have joined us from a broad range of sports and institutions, including USC, Stanford, UCLA, Clemson and Cornell.

World-leading research takes place across all 10 academic schools at Loughborough University. We have however identified 5 “Beacons” of enduring, internationally recognised research strength:

In addition to these beacons, the University’s “Global Challenges” research combines our disciplinary strengths to develop multidisciplinary solutions for the biggest societal challenges of our time:

Grant Period
Fall Start

The Fulbright-Loughborough University Award covers up to three years of fee-liable PhD studies, however, the Fulbright grant period and associated grant benefits will only last for the first academic year.

In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

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
Not Required
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: No
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
Letter required at deadline

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation and must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. Applicants for Ph.D. programs must 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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition covered in grant benefits

Tuition covered in grant benefits

The Fulbright-Loughborough University Award covers up to three years of fee-liable PhD studies, however, the Fulbright grant period and associated grant benefits will only last for the first academic year.


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, applicants who have spent six or more months in the host country in the year prior to the grant, or applicants who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin.

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

Grant Amount

  • Full tuition waiver for up to three years of fee liable study
  • Three years living stipend:
    • 2021-2022: £14,000
    • 2022-2023: £14,000
    • 2023-2024: £14,000
  • Living stipend is a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare.


Based on university partner feedback, select semi-finalist applicants will be interviewed mid-February to early March. Interviews will take place via video conferencing. 

Dependent support is not available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website