Fulbright Scholar Program

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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Scotland Distinguished Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

United Kingdom
Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

In addition to conducting academic research, the university will expect the Visiting Professor to participate in lectures, research seminars, and staff seminars at the host school or the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, as appropriate. Informal interaction with students and staff and participation in regular research seminars could extend throughout the academic year.

Award holders may wish to contribute to relevant workshops and colloquia and give lectures and seminars, such as a master's seminar for graduate students in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The university can provide advice on lecturing opportunities outside of Edinburgh, depending on the award holder’s research interests.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length and Period

Six months

Grants may begin any time after September 15, 2022, and before February 2, 2023.


Visiting Professors will be provided with a private office at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. This historic building is located in central Edinburgh. Award holders will also be expected to teach at one of the academic departments within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as appropriate.


Flex Option
Discipline Type
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to projects in any discipline, for the current competition there is particular interest in scholars who work on decoloniality, to complement the Institute Project on Decoloniality. This would cover issues including but not limited to: 

  • African American Studies 
  • decolonising gender and sexuality 
  • decolonising the curriculum 
  • anticolonial and decolonial theory 
  • intellectuals in and from the Global South 
  • intersectionality and multiple inequalities 
  • race and racialisation 
  • de-centering Western feminist knowledge production 
  • Scotland’s role in the British Empire 
  • the University of Edinburgh’s colonial legacy and alumni roles in the slave trade 
  • the histories of Edinburgh graduates and staff of colour 

We also welcome interdisciplinary applications in the Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Digital Humanities or Gender and Sexualities Studies. 

Special Features

Scholars in the UK participate in a wide range of academic, cultural, and social events and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission; see Special Award Benefits section for more details.

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.

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

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


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

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

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