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2 Fulbright/Open Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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’ awards are the Commission’s most competitive awards and prospective applicants should consider carefully all award categories before choosing to which to apply. These awards are also referred to as the All-Disciplines awards.

Grant Period

9 Months

 Academic programs may last 9 – 12 months, depending on the length of the academic year. 

All grantees to the UK attend a 3-day orientation program on arrival in September, a 4-day Fulbright Forum in January and a farewell event, the Fulbright ‘End-cap’ weekend in June/July.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure 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.

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

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants can propose an affiliation at any UK institution in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations and in the case of those proposing graduate degree programs, must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. For applicants proposing independent research projects, letters of affiliation should be included in your application. For those proposing to complete a masters program, 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 proposing to complete a PhD program or independent research must include an affiliation letter.

Before beginning their application, applicants are encouraged to take time to research the best possible place to pursue their chosen course of study, taking into consideration the faculty, achievements, publications and research of the relevant department in a number of institutions, as well as their locations. Applicants are requested to propose only one affiliated institution in their proposal.


The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who are currently resident in or who have extensive previous experience in the UK; who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin; and applicants whose proposals are to complete any part of a medical degree, including internships or residencies.

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.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website