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US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three- to four-week academic and cultural programs hosted by top universities across the United Kingdom for U.S. undergraduates. Participants get an opportunity to experience an exciting course of study at a top UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

Each institute has a particular focus ranging from history and cultural identity to art and activism. Interested students should contact right away. 

2020 Available Institutes:

  • Aberystwyth University: Identity and nationhood -- contemporary issues
  • Queen's University Belfast: Understanding Ireland: Northern perspectives
  • Scotland (Glasgow School of Art and University of Strathclyde): Technology, Innovation, and Creativity
  • University of Bristol: Arts, activism and social justice

The costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include return US-UK airfare, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation, and in some cases, a small daily allowance for meals.  

Who should Apply?

To be eligible you must:
  • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the institute finishes (first year, sophomore, or pre-junior)
  • Be a U.S. citizen with a U.S. passport
  • Be at least 18 years old by the program start date
  • Have a minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Have had little or no study or travel outside of the US
  • Be able to participate in the program in its entirety
Strong applicants will be mature, responsible, independent and open-minded. In addition, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of several criteria, including: leadership qualities, initiative, academic ability, character, adaptability, and ambassadorial qualities, as well as an interest in the UK and its culture.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institute, we recommend the following steps:
  • After reviewing this webpage, review the Summer Institutes' official website to learn more about specific institutes and the application process and to review upcoming deadlines.
  • Meet with a Fellowships Advisor to discuss your competitiveness for the program and to get feedback on application drafts. We recommend meeting with an advisor no later than December if you are planning to apply.
  • Request an official transcript. The Center for Scholar Development can provide a free copy of your official transcript for the application. For more information, contact us no later than January 31.
  • Submit all application materials (including recommendations) by the program deadline.
  • Finalists will be contacted in April for 20-30minute Skype/phone interviews

2018 Program Timeline

  • November: Application Opens
  • December-January: Contact the Center for Scholar Development to get help with application process.
  • Mid-January: Request recommendation letters
  • January 31: Deadline to request free copy of official transcript from the Center for Scholar Development
  • February 11: Official Deadline for all Institutes
  • March/April: Finalist notification and interviews
  • Late April: Awardees announced
  • June-August: Summer Institutes take place

Related Awards:
Fulbright U.S. Student Program; Marshall Scholarship; Mitchell Scholarship

Last updated: November 2019

Award Details

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United Kingdom

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • 3-to-4 weeks


  • February 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.7