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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, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

Artist

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. 

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U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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

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1 Fulbright/University of Southampton Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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 at the University of Southampton.

The University of Southampton began as the Hartley Institute in 1852 and gained its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.  Since then, the University has steadily built an international reputation for its pioneering research in many areas and is now a global top 100 university (QS World Rankings 2020). Southampton belongs to the Russell Group of research intensive UK universities, with an academic community comprising around 24,000 students and 7000 postgraduate students - over 6,500 come from outside the UK and represent more than 135 countries. 

Academically, the University of Southampton is a broad based university, with strengths spanning many academic disciplines including Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Sciences and Medicine. Over 96 per cent of the University’s research environment has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent and a number of our subject areas can be found amongst the best in the world, including Archaeology and Earth and Marine Sciences. There are exciting research, teaching and enterprise activities across all faculties with many interdisciplinary projects and collaborations in which individuals are encouraged to be innovative and entrepreneurial. The universities interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching allows for unique programmes and research to be undertaken across the institution.

Outstanding areas of note at the University include the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Institute, the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research, the Parkes Institute for Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

The city of Southampton is on the south coast of England and just over one hour from central London. There are many parkland spaces in the city as well as the New Forest (established in 1066 by King William) national park which is located 5 miles west of the City. Steeped in maritime history, Southampton famously set sail to the Mayflower and later the Titanic, with Southampton remaining a cruise ship capital. Located close to the ancient capital of Winchester as well as Stonehenge, the region provided the inspiration for many of the UK’s most famous novelists including Jane Austen.

Grant Period

10 Months

Masters 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.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

Orientation generally takes place in early September in London.

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

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

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, 2021. 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

Grantees awarded a Fulbright UK Partnership award will pay no tuition fees.

Ineligibility

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.

Applicants who have previously spent time at their selected university will be at a competitive disadvantage.

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 the first year of study
  • £13,700 living stipend

The living stipend is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK.

Interviews

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

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.org.uk