Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three or four week programs for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. There are several UK Summer Institutes available every year. Each Institute is hosted by a different university, and each focuses on a specific historical or cultural context, or a subject or topic. You do not need to be familiar with these to apply and are encouraged to explore your interests.

This award does not require university endorsement. However, we strongly recommend that you work closely with NCA as you prepare your application.


National Deadline: February 21, 2022

The Institute costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include:

  • Roundtrip US-UK airfare
  • Tuition and fees at the host institution
  • Accommodation
  • In some cases, a small daily allowance for meals

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, you must:

  • Be a US citizen and possess a US passport
  • Have had little or no study/travel outside of the US or North America
    • Applicants who have spent more than four weeks outside of the US/North America in the last five years would not be eligible. Applicants who have spent up to four weeks outside the US/North America in the last five years may be at a disadvantage, but strong applications will be considered.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme
  • Be able to participate in the programme in its entirety
  • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes

Please refer to the UK Summer Institutes website for a more detailed list of the eligibility criteria.

Selection Criteria

The best applications are from well-rounded students who can demonstrate: 

  • Strong academic ability
  • Ambassadorial skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Genuine desire to learn more about the UK and to share aspects of American culture
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community involvement
  • Leadership potential
  • Plans to further the Fulbright mission and give back to the US upon returning
  • Official transcripts
  • Short-answer essays (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Affairs essay
  • Recommendations (2)
  • In the fall, attend an NCA Learning Series session on the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
  • Complete two NCA forms:
  • Launch your online application (application opens in November)
  • NCA is available to provide feedback on essays.
  • We are happy to obtain official transcripts free of charge for any student who requests one from us no later than two weeks prior to the national deadline.
  • Complete and submit application by National Deadline: February 21, 2022.
  • Start early and revise often. Though this is a direct-apply award with no campus endorsement process, NCA is happy to provide feedback on essays. The earlier you start, the more benefit you derive from the process.
  • Information on this page is intended to supplement, not supplant, your own careful review of the official UK Summer Institutes website. If you find any discrepancy between the two, the UK Summer Institutes website takes precedence.
  • Though you should seek out others’ advice and feedback on your application, the essays should be your original work (no one should be writing your essays for you). UC’s Student Code of Conduct applies.
  • Morgan Dent - Scholar, Queen's University Belfast, 2020.
  • Chloe Elleman - Scholar, Queen's University Belfast, 2019.