National deadline: February 23 or 26, 2016 

Eligibility requirements:

  • U. S. citizen
  • First or second year undergraduates (over 18 years of age) with two years of undergraduate study left to complete 
  • All participants must have a valid passport that will remain valid 6 months after returning from the program
  • Preference is given to candidates who have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside the U.S.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7 

Award summary and conditions: The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers nine special Summer Programs for US citizens to come to the UK.  Each program varies in duration, from three to six weeks, and offers a fantastic opportunity for first and second year American university students to be immersed in the study of British academia and culture. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentation at an esteemed British University. Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. We offer nine Summer Institutes, each of which will cover a different theme. These institutes include:

The Special Programs will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university, accommodation and meals and a small daily allowance. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application. Specific details about the UK Summer Institute Awards can be found at:

Application process: online form sent via email to:

Application requirements:

  • Summer Institute application form
  • Self-assessment: Assessing Yourself by Threes
  • Personal Statement (500 word maximum)
  • Essay question (800 word maximum)
  • Equal opportunities monitoring form
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of reference (2) in sealed envelopes sent directly to the Commission by the referee

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

National interview: Yes, by phone sometime between the middle and the latter part of April. Interviews last approximately 10 to 20 minutes.  We have a list of questions we ask all short-listed candidates and generally do not discuss the application itself, except to seek clarification if something is not clear or has not been considered. It is also an opportunity to review the articulation of the candidates. As Fulbright Summer Program participants are cultural ambassadors and future leaders in their fields, they must have strong communication skills.

Selection process: Applications are read, long-listed and short-listed by senior Fulbright staff, current Fulbright Award grantees, program coordinators at host UK universities and selected alumni from the Fulbright Awards Program.

Announcement date: Typically, interviewees are notified within ten working days of the telephone interview.

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