All grantees in the UK are provided with a small allowance as a contribution toward their travel to/from certain mandatory Fulbright Commission events. This is typically between £75 and £225, depending on the grant duration.
Scholars in the UK participate in a wide range of events, and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission. Staff members guide scholars through the UK visa application process and assist them with opening UK bank accounts. An Orientation takes place in mid-September; a four-day Fulbright Forum highlights a specific place or region of the UK each January (Birmingham in 2018), which also serves as an Orientation for scholars arriving later in the academic year; and a Fulbright Farewell Weekend is planned around the end of June (Edinburgh, Scotland in 2018).
Scholars receive free institutional memberships with: The National Trust/Royal Oak Foundation, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and are invited to participate in events including the Debating Matters competition. Scholars are also required to deliver a public lecture or other event at a location other than their host institution; the Commission can provide a list of possible options, called Fulbright Platforms, including the prestigious Gresham College (est. 1597) in London.
The Commission arranges for a UK alumni ‘friend’ and seeks to introduce visiting U.S. scholars to senior or high-profile contacts relevant to their area of interest.
Depending on the timing of the visit, scholars may also be able to attend the annual EU/NATO conference held in Belgium, the annual Fulbright Workshop in Berlin, and/or the Fulbright Northern Ireland Interchanges Seminar. Additionally, scholars may have the opportunity to meet with contacts in other EU countries under the Inter-Country Lecturing Program, held jointly among the European Fulbright Commissions.
Scholars also receive a free Elsevier scholar support package, which includes access to the entire suite of SciVerse products (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Applications), subject-specific databases (Embase, Compendex, BrainNavigator, Reaxys) and a wide range of online journals (including The Lancet).