University of Leeds Distinguished Scholar

The Fulbright University of Leeds Distinguished Scholar 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 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. 

Grant amount

  • £27,500
  • Up to £1,000 per month housing allowance

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