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. The Distinguished Chair is particularly appealing if you are seeking to develop long-term research links with Birmingham academics. The award is open to U.S. academics from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds with the capacity to steer and contribute to research and teaching activities. 

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. 

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a focus on innovation and research, the university has broken new ground and pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge. 

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. 

The University of Birmingham offers a unique experience within a truly international community. Live and work in one of the country’s most beautiful university settings, with a 250-acre leafy campus on the edge of a young, diverse and vibrant city. 

To discover how you can make important things happen with a University of Birmingham-Fulbright Award please watch our dedicated video. 


Grant amount


£1,000 return airfare contribution

Monthly housing allowance of £750

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

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