University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair

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

The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or 'redbrick' university. The first phase of building work on the campus was completed in 1909 under the auspices of the esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb.

Birmingham represented a new model for higher education.

It was a founding member of the National Union of Students and the first university in the country to:

  • Be built on a campus model
  • Create a women’s hall of residence
  • Have a purpose-built students’ union building

The University has recently launched two major cross-college initiatives that would provide an institutional home for the Chair - the Institute of Advances Studies (IAS), which aims to promote cross-disciplinary research, and the new Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme.

The capacity to steer and contribute to these interdisciplinary research and teaching activities would therefore be an advantage.

Grant amount

  • £27,500
  • £1000 return airfare contribution
  • Accommodation

This funding is intended as a contribution towards US-UK travel, institutional fees, and general maintenance costs while in the UK.