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Fulbright Summer Institute for US Undergraduates
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to participate in a three to six week academic and cultural summer program in the UK. Participants in these programs will get an opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research, and communication skills.
U.S. Citizens, at least 18 years of age
Undergraduate students in first or second year; must intend to return to home institution to complete bachelor’s degree
GPA of 3.7 or higher and otherwise demonstrated academic achievement
Little or no experience traveling or studying outside of the U.S.
Director, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising
Preference is given to strong applicants who do not have extensive experience outside the US. Applicants who have spent more than four weeks outside of the US/North America in the last five years would not be eligible. Strong preference is given to applicants who have never been to the UK.
What topic do you study?
That depends on the specific summer institute that you apply to. Here are some of the options from past institutes: 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
How will the scholarship look this year (because of COVID-19)?
The program is planning to be in person for the summer of 2021, but is prepared to adjust plans if necessary. Check the Fulbright UK Summer Institute website for updates.
What does, "otherwise demonstrated academic achievement" actually mean?
This could mean that your overall GPA is less than 3.7, but that you have demonstrated an upward trend in your GPA over time, for example.
Can you apply during your sophomore year to use the scholarship in the summer between your sophomore and junior year?
Yes, this is allowed.