Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Research Chairs at Carleton University


Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2023 - September 2023
Award Length
8.5 months - 9.5 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Art History
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Film/Cinema Studies
Gender Studies
History (American)
International Relations
Media Studies
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Policy
Religious Studies
Social Work
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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

Award Activity

Fulbright Canada and Carleton University have established dedicated research chairs in support of educational programming and research. This opportunity will allow extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to spend one academic year as a visiting research scholar working in a targeted area of academic inquiry.  For specific information about this or other opportunities visit the Fulbright Canada webpage for Distinguished Research Chairs at Carleton University.

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chairs in Arts and Social Sciences in Canada and North America
Specialization: Open to scholars working on any research topic relevant to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chairs in Entrepreneurship
Specialization: Entrepreneurial strategies, start-ups, marketing, private-public partnerships, technology, economic and social entrepreneurship, enhancing institutional frameworks.

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chairs in Social Innovation
Specialization: Equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in organization, corporate social responsibility and sustainable management.

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chairs in Environmental Science
Specialization: Conservation science; Environmental decisions; Environmental management; Water resources; Environmental contamination; Ecology; Geoscience; Biodiversity; Stewardship; Environmental health; Restoration; Resource development; Sustainability; Science communication; Environmental policy.

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chairs in Public Affairs in North America: Society, Policy, Media
Specialization: Open to scholars working in the social sciences and/or humanities on any research topic relevant to public affairs.

Award Length and Period

Academic year.

Areas of Interest

Please see preferred specializations listed in "Award Activity."

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is optional.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to contact their preferred host institution to discuss research interests.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Comments

Candidates may be considered for other Fulbright Canada award opportunities as appropriate. Identify host institutions in order of preference in the project statement and on the application form.  
Most award themes are interdisciplinary; check other Fulbright Canada Research Chair awards for additional opportunities.

Estimated Cost of Living

Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world and is consistently ranked as having a very high quality of life. However, it is not an inexpensive place to live. The average cost of living in Canada is US$2,200 per month. Note that Toronto is one of the most expensive cities in Canada (US$4,000), while the cost of living in Montreal is among the lowest for major cities in Canada (US$1,600). For additional information about how much it will cost you to live in Canada, please see the Government of Canada webpage

Special Award Benefits
  • Fall Orientation: The incoming cohort of U.S. Fulbright students and scholars to Canada are invited to a program of professional and personal development in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, Ontario (early September). Fulbright Canada covers local costs (accommodations, meals, activities). Up to C$1,000 is provided to reimburse travel expenses to the Fall Orientation in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Visiting Scholars Speakers Program: Up to C$1,000 for travel expenses to a different city or region of Canada can be granted on a competitive basis.  Through this program, the scholar may present at professional conferences, offer formal presentations at other Canadian post-secondary institutions, and/or provide lectures or briefings to community groups.  Preference is given to applications with a robust agenda.
  • Fulbright Canada Community Action Program: Granted on a competitive basis, up to C$8,000 for a unique community-focused initiative that provides awards to both grantees and alumni in any area of community action.

    Fulbright Canada Community Leadership Program: Granted on a competitive basis, up to C$8,000 for current grantees and alumni of U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange programs, with ideas for creative community and volunteer-based outreach projects in Canada.

  • Regional Travel ProgramDuring their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay). 

    The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website

    Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.


Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

You could spend a lifetime exploring Canada’s cities and towns, national parks, lakes, ocean shores and mountains. You’ll enjoy every minute of it! In fact, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. Discover all that Canada has to offer to international visitors. You’ll find plenty to see and do. The possibilities are endless.
In your first few months, you will get to know Canada—our people, our languages, our culture, our food, our climate and so much more. This is an exciting time for you. Soon, you’ll come to learn that Canada offers you a safe and secure place to live, work and travel.

The people and places you encounter will shape your life here. International visitors in Canada tend to be awestruck by the beauty of our four seasons. Summer, fall, winter and spring are all very distinct and each offers its own recreational activities and fun when it comes to exploring:

  • In summer, you can go boating on one of our many lakes, swim in the ocean and play volleyball on the beach. It’s also a great season to see Canada as a tourist, sit out on a restaurant patio in your favorite city soaking up the sun or enjoy a bonfire with friends.
  • During the fall, you’ll love exploring the countryside to see the splendor of our autumn leaves, hiking up a mountain or through the woods on a crisp day as well as enjoying the outdoors with your friends. It’s also a great time to explore Canada’s vibrant cities and historical towns.
  • Once winter comes, it’s time to grab your snow gear and join in some great Canadian fun. You can learn to ski or snowshoe, build a snowman, have a snowball fight with your friends or simply enjoy the peaceful sound of walking through the woods in winter.
  • Spring is a time for renewal in Canada, as the birds return from the south and flowers bloom in the gardens. It’s also “sugaring off” season. Discover how sap is collected and boiled to create maple syrup. The best part? Eating maple taffy poured hot on snow.

All year long, the Canadians you meet will impress you with their warmth.  Enjoy this opportunity to get to know us and to introduce us to your culture.
Canadian culture includes people and cultures from around the world.  We are well known as one of the world’s great multicultural societies—and we’re proud of this distinction. Canada welcomes people from everywhere. We place a high value on tolerance. Our national human rights law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation.  Each province and territory of Canada has its own human rights code, too. Canadians have a strong sense of justice. This means we care about people’s rights in the workplace, in the court system, in our democracy and in our homes. Women’s rights are equally important. Our commitment to equality makes Canada a sought-after destination for international students and immigrants. Canada consistently ranks among the top countries in the world for quality of life.

Canadian universities, institutes, and internationally renowned think tanks support innovative and collaborative research and are typically situated in vibrant multicultural cities, in proximity to Canada’s diverse natural landscapes – making for an extraordinary professional and cultural experience.  While Canada and the United States share a continent, deeply held core values, and countless points of collaboration, the two countries have distinct historical, cultural, and political realities.

For more information about Canada’s higher-educational institutions, please visit the Universities Canada website.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Click here for a list of U.S. Fulbright alumni to Canada.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.