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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-University of Leeds Distinguished Scholar Award

United Kingdom
Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The Fulbright University of Leeds Distinguished Scholar contributes to the intellectual life of the university through teaching, public lectures, and curriculum development in any discipline for six months.

The University of Leeds is a prestigious, research-intensive, global institution. Recognised as one of the 40 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019), we attract outstanding students, researchers, academics and partners from all over the globe. With over 38,000 students, made up of 27,000 undergraduates, 7,600 postgraduate Masters students, and 2,600 postgraduate researchers, we are one of the largest universities in the UK. Our large, vibrant and diverse international community, together with our outstanding teaching, world-leading research and exceptional campus environment are the defining features of life at Leeds. 

We engage in teaching and research across a wide range of subject areas unrivalled by most other UK universities, from arts and humanities, business and law, education, environment, to engineering, science, medicine, and health. A top 10 university for research power in the UK (2014 Research Excellence Framework), the quality of our researchers and reputation attracts significant research funding, and our researchers are engaged in pioneering projects tackling world issues including climate change, food sustainability, and advances in global health. 

Research at Leeds has real world impact and our ability to innovate often leads to new products, services and solutions. To date we have created more than 100 innovative spin-out companies, with over 400 patents in our portfolio. Our flagship innovation initiative, Nexus, brings together international businesses and world-leading researchers and gives them the opportunity to work together, on our campus in the heart of Leeds’ innovation community. 

Candidates should have strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK and a clear idea of what they wish to accomplish during their time as a Fulbright Scholar, not only academically, but also in terms of reaching out to the wider community and understanding their host country and culture. The University of Leeds is committed to contributing to the challenges encapsulated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Consideration will be given within the selection process to how proposed projects will align with that commitment.

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
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
Six Months
Award Dates

Grants may begin any time after September 1, 2022 but before April 30, 2023.


University of Leeds: Leeds, England, UK

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

Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations.

Special Features

Scholars in the UK participate in a wide range of academic, cultural, and social events and benet from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission; see Special Award Benets 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.


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
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.

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
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