Scholarships & Awards


The BEST Scholarship

The BEST Scholarship is now closed

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible applicants who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. They are funded by the BEST Scholarship Trust which is an independent trust administered by BUNAC on behalf of the BEST trustees. A number of scholarships are awarded each year from a fund of £60,000 allocated for the BEST Scholarships. Included in this, are the sums of £4,000 available as the Christopher J. Harbour Memorial Scholarship to a candidate looking to do sports-related studies and £2,000 as the John S. Ball Award to a candidate looking to pursue a teaching or geography-related career. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of £5,000 - £15,000. At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed course of study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding and/or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course. 

Candidates must: 

  • Be a UK passport holder
  • Be currently, engaged in or have completed a full-time tertiary-level course at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Have already applied for, but not yet started, a post-graduate course in the USA or Canada. The postgraduate qualification must be awarded by a US or Canadian institution
  • Not be permanent employees of BUNAC or USIT

Please note, the award is intended for courses of study between 3 months and 3 years (consecutively), but the award shall cover a maximum period of the first 12 months and is not available for subsequent years of study. The candidate may not be in employment, including work for a North American employer as part of a UK based course, during the period in which they are to be assisted. They may be (and should be) in receipt of other awards, including teaching assistantships, which are solely for the purpose of study. 

The BEST Scholarships are ‘top-up’ funds, not the prime source of funding. Candidates should be actively looking to secure funding from other sources while in the process of applying to BEST. Candidates cannot already be engaged in their course of study in North America at the time of application although they should have already applied for or been accepted to courses in their chosen field. 

The closing date for 2023 applications was the 17th March 2023.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright Commission offers scholarships for academic work in any subject, at any accredited US university. Each year, awards are given to approximately 25 UK citizens studying at postgraduate-level. The Fulbright awards offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unparalleled support both during and after their Fulbright year. In addition to the all-disciplines category, Fulbright also offer subject-specific awards in partnership with UK and US institutions in fields such as public affairs, journalism, law, finance and information science.

For more information please head to the Fulbright website.