Fulbright and the University of Birmingham

The Fulbright Commission was established in 1948 to foster mutual educational understanding between the US and the UK through academic exchange. It supports a number of schemes, and the University of Birmingham is proud to participate in many of these.

All awards are made by the Fulbright commission, and full details of how to apply may be found at the Fulbright Commission website.

Fulbright Distinguished Chair 

The University of Birmingham is delighted to host a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, the most presitigous Fulbright award. This six-month secondment for a prominent US Professor to be based at the University of Birmingham, with access to all the University's research collections, provides an opportunity to undertake research and build links in the United Kingdom.

Applications for 2022-23

Applications for 2022-23 are now open.  The timeline for applications is:

  • February 2021
    Competition opens,  applications available from the Fulbright website (CIES.org)
  • 15 September 2021
    Application deadline
  • November 2021 – January 2022
    Applications will be evaluated, short-listed candidates invited to interview
  • Mid January 2022
    Telephone interviews will be conducted. 
  • March 2022
    Candidates will receive notification of outcome.

Fulbright Researcher Opportunities

The University offers one Fulbright-University of Birmingham Scholar annually, whereby a researcher based at a US institution may visit the University of Birmingham for a period of 3-9 months to conduct research in any subject.

Applications for 2022-23

Applications for 2022-23 are now open.  The timeline for applications is:

  • February 2021
    Competition opens,  applications available from the Fulbright website (CIES.org)
  • 15th September 2021
    Application deadline
  • November 2021 – January 2022
    Applications will be evaluated, short-listed candidates invited to interview
  • Mid January 2022
    Telephone interviews will be conducted. 
  • March 2022
    Candidates will receive notification of outcome.

We are also happy to host holders of Fulbright Scholar Awards (all disciplines) who wish to come and conduct research in the condusive environment of the University and its campus.

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships

The Fulbright-University of Birmingham Award is made to a US postgraduate student to study for one year at Birmingham, either as part of a programme of study at a US instiution or on a one-year programme at Birmingham.  Please refer to the Fulbright Commission website for information on the application processes and deadlines.

In addition to this, the University of Birmingham is also happy to host further Fulbright Award holders in their studies.

Fulbright Forum 2018

The University of Birmingham is proud to have hosted the prestigious annual Fulbright Forum in January 2018.

Attendees at the January 2018 Fulbright Forum group together for a photograph.

During the event, 55 American ‘Fulbrighters’ had the chance to explore the cultural and historical resources that make the University of Birmingham one of the world’s top 100 destinations for academic study and research.

The Forum provides an annual opportunity for American grantees to explore and enjoy a different part of the UK hosted by one of the UK’s top universities. It is particularly special this year as the inaugural event in celebration of the US-UK Commission’s 70 anniversary.