Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cyber Information Influence (The University of Adelaide)


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
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
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
January 2026 - February 2026
Award Length
3 months - 6 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
International Relations
Public Policy
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Activity

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cyber Information Influence, Funded by The University of Adelaide, seeks exceptional U.S. researchers who specialize in the field of cyber-mediated information influence to undertake related research in Australia.

The successful applicant will undertake collaborative trans-disciplinary research with like-minded experts at the University of Adelaide for 5-6 months. The Distinguished Chair will engage with faculty, staff and students through guest lectures, seminars, and one-on-one interactions and will explore long-term collaborations and institutional linkages between their home institution and the University of Adelaide. Opportunities for collaborative research exist in the disciplines of international security, cognitive and social psychology, mathematics, linguistics, and cyber-AI. Scholars are encouraged to collaborate with the host institution and give workshops or short seminars but should not teach intensive seminars or coursework.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail


The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

The University of Adelaide unites and serves those striving to change the world—and themselves—for the better. It’s a place where history is made. Established in 1874, the University is home to over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, all striving to create progress. For the community. For all. This is a university of outstanding quality—ranked as a top 100 global university—in the heart of the city of Adelaide.

The University has made a habit of breaking new ground, as Australia’s first university to welcome female students; the first to offer degrees in science and business; the first with a conservatorium of music. Among those who’ve studied, taught, or conducted research at the University are five Nobel Laureates; Australia’s first female prime minister; the first Australian astronaut to walk in space; Australia’s first female Supreme Court judge. The University’s bold spirit continues to drive its people to excel today. In research, they are rising to challenges in a broad range of fields—with work rated world-standard or above^. While in education, Adelaide is recognized among the top 100 universities globally in 23 different subject areas†.

^Excellence in Research Australia, 2018.

†Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject, and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021.


Award Length and Period

Grants must start in January/February 2026 in line with the Australian academic year and to attend the Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner in February.

Areas of Interest

What is “cyber information influence”?

Vulnerabilities caused by the use, misuse and ‘weaponization’ of information continue to grow. New threats from state and non-state actors are evolving rapidly and include malign social influence, cyber warfare, and cyber-physical attacks. The impact of this contest in the information environment stretches well beyond the military, as our reliance on access to information pervades every aspect of our lives. This reliance has increased our vulnerability to social manipulation through mis- and disinformation, identify theft, and hacking of major critical infrastructure.

Special Features

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.

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

To discuss potential projects and negotiate a Letter of Invitation please contact the Defence and Security Institute via defence@adelaide.edu.au.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Qualification Information

Open to senior academics at the level of associate or full professor by the grant start date with a distinguished career in the proposed field. If you are not at the level of associate or full Professor at the time of application, but will be by grant start, please include information about your career progression and timeline in the personal section of your project statement.

Following the review process, short-listed applicants will be invited for a virtual interview with a Fulbright Selection Committee in Australia.

Award Allowances

A stipend of AUD$8,000 (approximately USD$5,275) per month for a maximum period of six months, this amount includes living expenses and an accommodation allowance. A separate domestic conference travel allowance of AUD$4,000 (approximately USD$2,600) is also provided on a reimbursement basis. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar's home city and the city of the host institution capped at AUD$4,000 (Approximately USD$2,600).

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Special Award Benefits

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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 2026 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.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Current U.S. Scholars profiles can be viewed here, and U.S. Scholar alumni profiles can be viewed here.