Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defense) Science and Technology (DST)
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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.
The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Advanced Science and Technology aims to attract outstanding U.S. researchers to work in Australia in a priority area of research that will lead to ongoing collaborative partnerships between Australia and the U.S. and develop skills and capabilities in emerging fields of science and technology. The Distinguished Scholar will be appointed to the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group (DST), or another Australian research institution that is linked to DST, for the relevant research program.
The Distinguished Scholar will work on a specific research project during their term (5-6 months) and be expected to engage with faculty and students through occasional guest lectures and seminars. The project must meet the objectives of the Fulbright program to foster mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange and support the binational relationship.
Defence Science and Technology (DST), or a partner research institution for the relevant research program. These institutions include organizations such as CSIRO and Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO), as well as Australia’s major universities (The Australian National University, The University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, University of NSW, University of Tasmania and The University of Western Australia, among others).
Defence Science and Technology (DST) is the Australian government's lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, they deliver expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for defence and national security. Their vision is to be a world leader in defence science and technology – indispensable in transforming the Australian Defense Force and Australia’s national security.
Grants must start in January/February 2024 in line with the Australian academic year and to attend the Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner in February.
While Defense will consider any relevant research proposal, the following areas are key contributors to future defense technology research:
- Quantum technologies
- Human performance
- Autonomous systems
- Material sciences
- Space capabilities
- Medical counter-measures
- Sensors and hypersonics
Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program
As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising, or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.
Please note that applicants are required to include a Letter of Invitation from DST with their application.
Open to senior academics at the level of Associate or Full Professor with a distinguished career in the proposed field.
Following the peer review process, short-listed applicants will be invited for a video interview with a Fulbright Selection Committee in Australia.
Those who are permanent residents of Australia, dual citizens of the United States and Australia, or living in Australia at the time of application are not eligible for the Fulbright Program with Australia.
A stipend of AUD$9,166 (approximately USD$6,575) per month for a maximum period of six months, this amount includes living expenses, accommodation expenses, and a domestic travel allowance for a lecture series.
Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar's home city and the city of the host institution capped at AUD$4000.
Travel and accommodation for all scholars to the Fulbright Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner held annually.
Access to Fulbright Alumni in Australia prior to arrival to assist in preparation for the visit and while in Australia for social and professional networks.
Access to Australia’s National Health Care Cover Scheme (Medicare) is a benefit for U.S. Fulbrighters in Australia. Please note: Medicare enrolment can be subject to administrative delays. We therefore recommend that Medicare be considered only as supplemental coverage alongside your Fulbright-provided ASPE limited health benefits and your own comprehensive travel insurance and/or personal U.S. medical insurance.
Australia has a long and proud tradition of world-class research and development. Across all global ranking systems, criteria, and fields of study, Australia scores highly for its quality of education, student satisfaction and global reputation. In addition to working with some of the world's best and leading institutions, you'll have the opportunity to experience Australia's many natural wonders and picturesque landscapes.
All programs in Australia begin in late January/early February in line with the Australian academic year and Fulbright orientation activities.
Applicants may contact the Scholarships Team at the Fulbright Commission in Australia via email with any questions.
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