• Creating opportunity through mentoring

  • The first movement of Fulbright Scholars improving access to education

    We match Fulbright Scholars with low-income British youth applying to university in both the US and the UK.
    Fulbright 1:1 is a partnership between the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Sutton Trust.


    Matches are made by the Sutton Trust and meet the highest standards set by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation


    Fulbrighters help students find the right internships for their career interests and majors - setting them up for professional success

    college applications

    Since 2011, students have been admitted into some of the top universities in the world including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, NYU, and Georgia Tech with more than $7.5 million in financial aid
  • Who are our students?


    • 70% are the first in their family to attend college
    • 50% of students have a family income below £25,000 per year
    • 40% are on free school meals

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    • Are straight-A students in the UK equivalent of high school


    • Have a demonstrated committment to higher education and exchange in the US
  • Some of their stories

    Check out this video of the Sutton Trust students visiting US universities.

    Eleanor Cheyne,
    Georgia Institute of Technology Class of 2017

    Eleanor has been accepted on a full scholarship to Georgia Tech in Atlanta.


    Elliott Miller,

    Middlebury College Class of 2017

    Elliot is the first in his family to attend university and has been accepted at Middlebury College in Vermont with a substantial scholarship.
  • Our Founding Team

    We are building an international movement of Fulbright Scholars helping deserving students reach their full potential

    Justin Koufopoulos

    Justin Koufopoulos is the founder of Fulbright 1:1. Justin has been a one-to-one mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for more than seven years. He received his Master's degree in Psychology at the University of Leeds, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. 

    Kurt Berning

    Kurt Berning has mentored university students as a Resident Assistant and Director since 2011. He received a Master's Degree in Education and Development at the University of East Anglia as a Fulbright Scholar, and is the co-founder of Global ADE.

    David Lewis

    David advises Fulbright 1:1 on Fulbright Alumni relations and mentor programme development. He completed his Fulbright at Pennsylvania State University and has over 25 years experience of developing youth interventions. He is a committee member of the British Fulbright Scholars Association.

    Simon Bishop

    Simon Bishop advises Fulbright 1:1 on government relations and strategy. He is Special Advisor to the UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening. Simon has 20 years' experience in international development, business, charity and journalism including advising HRH The Prince of Wales on his charity activities. He was awarded a Fulbright to Columbia University.

    Anne-Marie Evans

    U.K. Programme Officer

    Anne-Marie Evans is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at York St John University, and was part of Fulbright’s Summer Institute at New York University in 2010. She continues to be involved with outreach and widening participation initiatives, and has worked for the Villiers Park Educational Trust for many years.

  • Read, watch, and discover

    Research, video, and press from our founding partner, the Sutton Trust

    Did you know?

    Students from low-income backgrounds are three times less likely than students from middle and high-income backgrounds to attend top colleges or universities. Read the report.

    Sutton Trust US Program is effective

    Read the report, by the Boston Consulting Group, here

    33 students and $7.5 million

    Read about the 33 deserving state school students accepted into university here
  • Email us

    Are you a Fulbright Scholar or Alumnus interested in mentoring? Email us.