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 2022), 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.  90% of University of Leeds research has a quality rating of “world-leading” or "internationally excellent” Research Excellence Framework 2021), 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 academic placement 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 to candidates who have research and teaching interests that align with that commitment, and the University's strategic ambitions.  

Grant amount


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.

Relocation Allowance 

$1500 stipend 

Dependent Benefits 

Scholars accompanied by eligible dependents for the full duration of the programme may receive a one-time dependent allowance of $1800 for one dependent or $2500 for two or more dependents. This will be calculated on a pro-rata basis for any Scholars on a grant for less than 6 months. 

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