University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair

The Fulbright University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair is a generous six-month secondment that enables a prominent US professor in any discipline to be based at the University of Birmingham, with access to all the University’s research collections, and provides an opportunity to undertake research and build links in the UK.

The Distinguished Chair contributes to the intellectual life of the University through seminars, public lectures and curriculum development.

Chairs will be made honorary fellows of the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) and are invited to contribute to IAS’ aim to promote cross-disciplinary research by bringing together expertise from across the University to address major cross-cutting themes that are important, relevant and timely.

In the heart of the United Kingdom, the University of Birmingham is ranked among the world’s top 100 institutions.  For more than a century, research from the University has had an impact on the city, region and the world, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among many eminent alumni. 

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of forging purposeful, innovative and collaborative research connections across the world but particularly with the United States. Extensive transatlantic faculty-to-faculty links with the US reflects our ambition to work collaboratively in pursuit of innovative, grounded and enduring solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues.

Grant amount

  • £27,500
  • £1000 return airfare contribution
  • Monthly housing allowance

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