University of Leeds Distinguished Chair

The Fulbright University of Leeds 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 Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.

It was one of the first colleges for students of all faiths and backgrounds. The College supported the values of the recently established University College London and Owens College in Manchester.

These had been set up to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge universities, which were predominantly for the Anglican aristocracy and gentry.

Leeds was named University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. It is in the top 10 in the UK for research power, and is a member of the Russell Group.

Scholars wishing to to undertake teaching/research grants should determine percentage of the grant dedicated to each activity with the host institution.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright programme is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the USA and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation.
To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities‎.

Grant amount

  • £27,500
  • Accommodation

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