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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-National Science Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award in Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

Project activities may include research and/or teaching a course at the university level or delivering seminars/workshops. The Distinguished Scholar,may also participate in consulting, developing training curricula and materials and assisting with assessments and evaluations. The scholar will conduct additional outreach with industry and government and hold at least one talk that is open to the public. 

Projects must focus on topics in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure related to any of these areas: (1) pure and applied research; (2) research coordination; (3) transitioning research into practice; (4) workforce, curriculum and capacity development; (5) enterprise risk management; and (6) law, policy, and international relations.

Topics, for example, may involve: data analytics and privacy, cyber-physical systems and IoT security, blockchain and governance, blockchain and its applications to critical infrastructure and supply chains, digital forensics and incident response. Proposals that are multi-disciplinary in nature are welcome.

The scholar will ideally be involved in at least two of the activities highlighted below.

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length and Period

3-4 months

Flexible within the academic year. 

Flex Option
Flex Description

The grant may be split into two segments, but must be concluded within one academic year.

Discipline Type
Only projects in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
Political Science
Public Administration
Areas of Interest

Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.  

Special Features

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Iceland is an interesting partner in the field of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, as a technologically advanced country relatively close to the US, where English is widely spoken. Opportunities for collaboration with academia, also in cooperation with government agencies and industry, are numerous. With the importance of this field growing rapidly, we are keen to build partnerships between the US and Iceland, including amongst senior academics and experts. The Commission will facilitate introductions to senior people in the field. 

This grant is offered through a unique partnership between the National Science Foundation and Fulbright Iceland and provides an opportunity to build relations with both Fulbright and NSF. The grant is a great opportunity for those who wish to conduct NSF-funded research abroad, but also have a strong support system locally, as is provided by the Fulbright Commission. 

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.


Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Approximately 1
Program Staff
Jaclyn Assarian
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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