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Ulster University has announced two new postgraduate awards in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

The new awards will give talented American students the opportunity to take advantage of Ulster University’s unique specialisms while tapping into the rich social, political and cultural heritage of Northern Ireland.

Announced at a special event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission held at Queen’s University Belfast, the two new awards are the Fulbright-Ulster University Award in Creative Industries and Fulbright-Ulster University Award in Humanities and Social Science.

The global Fulbright programme offers immersive education exchange programmes on both sides of the Atlantic that span generations, investing in human potential, advancing knowledge and bringing together the diverse perspectives of the UK and the US to address shared challenges. Postgraduate, academic and professional awards cover study, travel and living costs and, to date, have been granted to over 25,000 recipients, many of whom would not otherwise have had the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise internationally.

Welcoming the announcement, Ulster University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Professor Paul Connolly said:

“We are thrilled to announce these two post-graduate awards for study at Ulster University, in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Each award has a distinct focus and showcases particular strengths of Ulster University and Northern Ireland more broadly.

“The creative industries and the depth of our work around social transformation through both the humanities and social science disciplines were chosen to showcase some of our key strengths as a faculty, and indeed as a university. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, we are particularly proud of the way that our ongoing work in both areas continues to demonstrate so clearly how education can be a force for good.”

Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Maria Balinska, said:

“Fulbright’s work is just as relevant now as it was when it was created after World War II. We are facing many immense global challenges and international educational exchange programmes like ours are essential to help address some of those urgent issues as they have the power to change our ways of thinking, to foster connections across borders and ensure the focus is on community solutions.

“This anniversary event is a fitting tribute that honours the Commission’s vision of a world with no obstacles to learning, understanding and collaboration and celebrates the impact of our Fulbright community and our Fulbright partners in Northern Ireland,” added Balinska.

To find out more about Ulster University’s Creative Industries Institute, visit: and for more on the Fulbright Commission, visit: