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US – UK Fulbright Commission Scholarships 2018

US universities can offer several types of funding to international students

Need-based financial aid

Your financial need is calculated by subtracting the amount your family is able to contribute towards your university education from a university’s published cost of attendance. If you can pay the full cost of attendance, you will receive no financial aid.

Dozens of universities will fund the full demonstrated financial need of admitted international students. However, many of these will factor an applicant’s financial circumstances into their admissions decision. This is known as need-aware admissions. If you have high financial need and are a need-aware university’s most desirable applicant, it is possible your full financial need will be met.

Some universities are need-blind and do not base your admissions decision on your financial circumstances. Very few universities in the USA are need-blind and offer full financial need to international students. These universities do not take your finances into account during the admissions process and will meet your full financial need if you are admitted. They are the most competitive for admission.If a university is only able to meet a proportion of your financial need, you may be able to source additional funding from merit-based university and external scholarships.

Niche scholarships

Niche scholarships are offered to attract particular applicants, in order to fulfil a particular mission or need at the university.
They might be based on any type of applicant criteria, such as:

  • Gender
  • Country of origin
  • Ethnicity
  • Interests
  • Talents
  • Religious denomination
  • Medical condition

Merit-based scholarships

These scholarships are awarded on conditions of merit in a few categories, such as:

  • Official school qualifications and grades
  • Admissions exam results
  • Performing arts talent
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular involvement

Sometimes these can be guaranteed scholarships, eg if any admitted student achieves a certain ACT/SAT score or above.
For non-guaranteed university scholarships, you should apply to universities where you know you are above their average academic profile. View our Choosing section for more information.

Fulbright Commission Scholarship Application Form 

Applications for university funding are often integrated into the application for admission. For need-based financial aid, you will likely have to fill in the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE form to demonstrate your family’s financial background. You should check if the university accepts PROFILE, or if they use their own system.
Niche and merit scholarships might require writing an additional essay or submitting your application by an earlier date.

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US – UK Fulbright Commission Scholarships 2018

The All Disciplines Award can be applied to any master’s or doctoral degree at any accredited US university, as well as for independent research projects.
We also offer several Awards partnered with US universities and professional or charitable bodies who are looking for Fulbrighters interested in specific academic disciplines.
All Postgraduate Awards offer:

  • Financial contributions towards the first year of study.
  • Sickness and accident coverage.
  • J-1 visa sponsorship and pre-departure support & orientation.
  • Support in the USA from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
  • Access to a global alumni network of collaborative engagement and cultural diplomacy, with over 300,000 academically and professionally accomplished members.

Some Awards can offer:

  • Tuition fee waivers.
  • Full-degree funding.
  • Extra funding for special projects.

Eligibility for US – UK Fulbright Commission Scholarship 

  • Be a UK citizen
  • Hold or expect to attain an undergraduate degree with at least upper second-class honours.

Dual US-UK citizens and Green Card holders are ineligible to apply.The US-UK Fulbright programme aims to foster cultural understanding between our two countries. Preference is therefore given to applicants who do not have extensive experience (six months or longer) in the USA.
Applicants with extensive US experience should explain in detail how further experience in the USA will fulfil the Fulbright mission in ways that their prior visits did not.

Fulbright Commission Scholarship Application Form 

  1. Review the eligibility criteria
  2. Read the UK-specific application instructions
  3. Read the UK-specific terms and conditions
  4. When applications are open, we will link to the online portal via the banner at the bottom of this page, which includes:
    • Biographical information
    • Academic, professional and extracurricular accomplishments
    • Fulbright project plans
    • Personal statement
    • Details of the US institution(s) to which you will apply
    • Three referee nominations
  5. Upload all other required documents and materials:
    • Scanned passport photo page
    • CV
    • Official final and/or interim transcripts
    • US university admission letter (if applicable)
    • Creative writing or artwork sample (if applicable)
  6. Complete the separate online US-UK Fulbright Commission Form

Fulbright Commission Scholarship Application Deadline 

  • Applications opens on : 1st August, 2017
  • Applications close on : 6th November, 2017
  • Shortlisted candidates invited to interview : January / Februar, 2018
  •  All candidates notified of their status : February, 2018
  • Fulbright Finalist Workshop : March, 2018
  • Pre-Departure Orientation : June / July, 2018
  • Independent departures to the USA : July, 2018 onwards

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