Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in Alternative Energy Technology

Application Deadline
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.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
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.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
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
September 2023 or January 2024
Award Length
4.5 months or 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
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

This grant offering is pending available funds

Specific grant requirements will be discussed and finalized with the host institution, but should include:

  • Teach specialized courses in and related to alternative energy technology.
  • Collaborate on teaching or research with department faculty (20-30 hrs/week).
  • Advise doctoral students on research projects (5-10 hrs/week).
  • Assist in establishing networking opportunities and exchanges with the grantee's home university (5-10 hrs/week).
  • The Distinguished Scholar will be expected to give an inaugural lecture during the year.
  • Opportunities to give lectures or participate in academic activities at other Swedish universities and outside Sweden will be available and are encouraged.
  • Consult on curricula.
Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden: Department of Energy and Environment, Department of Applied Mechanics, the Swedish Hybrid Center, other departments as appropriate.

Located on the west coast, Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city and Scandinavia's largest port. Gothenburg has a population of 496,000 residents and almost 60,000 students in the area. Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg was founded in 1829. Study programs focus on technology, natural sciences and architecture. There are 10,600 students and 2,900 full-time positions, of which 1,900 are teachers and researchers. The university has a strong research base and intensive cooperation with the business and other stakeholders in society, through joint research as well as venture creation and research based commercialization. Key collaborator, such as The Volvo Group and Volvo Car Corporation, also located in Gothenburg, provide funding for some 170 doctoral students in all engineering disciplines. In 2013, Chalmers participated in 193 EU projects, attracted attention for their cutting edge research with quantum computers and carbon isotope C-12. Chalmers hosts EU largest research project, the Graphene flagship program. Chalmers has a particular strength in energy research including the "Energy Flagship" program on "Near-Term Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future" and strategic cooperation with major energy related industries. Click here for additional information.

Award Length and Period

Either one semester (4.5 months) or two semesters (9 months); a nine-month grant period is preferred.

One semester grants must begin in either September 2023 or January 2024. Two semester grants must begin September 2023.

Areas of Interest

Alternative energy technology to include a broad range of fields.

Preferred specialization in one or more of the following fields by the host institution: vehicle technology and transportation (biofuels, battery technology, charging units, large-scale use of electric vehicles and lightweight carbon fiber technology) and power generation (design, control and grid integration of wind power and other intermittent energy sources eg solar pV, combustion and gasification of solid biofuels and separation of carbon dioxide in conjunction with combustion).

Specialization in at least one of these fields will increase the opportunity for productive and sustained collaboration. Other fields related to energy technology will also be considered and are open to direct discussion with the host institution.

Special Features

In addition to the monthly living allowance, a monthly housing allowance of up to SEK 15 000 ($1,760 USD) and a one-time round trip airfare for the grantee and accompanying dependents are also provided under the terms of the grant. Additional funds are also available for academic research activities related to this position.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter 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 should not be sought.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Although a formal letter of invitation is not required at the time of application, prior contact with departments of interest at Chalmers is welcome.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching and research, interaction with students and faculty will be conducted in English.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D.,a minimum of five years of teaching and/or research on alternative energy; professionals and researchers from research institutes and corporations will be considered.

Please note that candidates currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Sweden.

Additional Comments

Housing will be covered by the Fulbright grant and will be arranged through the Chalmers University of Technology.
Contact Dr. Jörgen Sjöberg, josj@chalmers.se, telephone +46 31 772 2549.

Award Allowances

A fixed living allowance of SEK 104,160 (approx. $12,250 USD and untaxed) per month for the grant period will be provided. Additional funds are also available for request from the Commission for academic research activities related to this Chair. An additional monthly housing allowance of up to SEK 15,000 (approx. $1,760 USD) and a one-time round trip travel from the U.S. to Sweden is provided for the grantee and dependents. Housing should be arranged by the grantee through the academic adviser at Chalmers.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip travel for grantee, spouse and children.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Public schools are usually free of charge from primary through the upper-secondary level and many public and private schools offer English instruction through primary and upper-secondary levels. Personal funds are usually necessary for accompanying dependents to complement grant benefits, including the additional cost of daycare and international schools. Please note that children may be eligible to receive subsidized daycare and free schooling as long as the other parent is working or studying. However, it is the responsibility of the grantee to contact any schools and daycare centers directly to negotiate the terms of stay and applicable costs.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Up-to-date estimated costs of living are available at the Chalmers webpage: https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/stuamb/Pages/….

Special Award Benefits

This grant provides supplementary funds to the Fulbright Distnguished Scholar in Alternative Energy Technology to travel within Sweden and Europe for activities related to their academic project. Grantees are also welcome to apply for the Inter-country Lecture Program through the Commission.

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?

With a total population of approximately 10.2 million, Sweden is a sparsely populated country, characterized by its long coastline, extensive forests and numerous lakes. It is one of the world’s northernmost countries. In terms of surface area it is comparable to Spain, Thailand or the American state of California. Sweden’s borders have been unchanged since 1905 and the country has not been at war since 1814. Considering its geographic location, Sweden enjoys a favorable climate. This is mainly because of the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows off Norway’s west coast.

Americans visiting Sweden will find that English is widely spoken. Swedish society is welcoming and the culture is relatively easy to navigate. As a technologically advanced country, Sweden is ideal for many types of research. Scholars can generally expect good access to people, institutions and information for research purposes.

A useful overview of Sweden is available online.

With a strong public emphasis on education, Sweden is an excellent place to teach and conduct research and all Swedish institutions of higher education and research offer opportunities for international scholars. Candidates from the level of recent Ph.D. scholar to full professor in any discipline will therefore be considered. Preference is given to academic and professional excellence, feasibility and significance of the project and match with host affiliation. English is sufficient, as Swedish students and scholars have excellent proficiency in English. The academic year consists of two 20-week semesters. The fall semester runs from the middle or end of August through mid-January and the spring term from mid-January through the beginning of June. Awards are rarely made in the summer months, unless justified by the nature of the project and prearranged with the prospective host institution.

All applicants should prioritize making a preliminary reservation at the university housing office of the host institution as soon as possible. If additional help is needed, they should ask their Swedish academic hosts for assistance in placing them in the university's housing queue. The Commission is unable to assist with housing. As all Fulbright grants are less than one year in length, U.S. grantees will not be issued a personal ID number and therefore will not be included in the social welfare system, nor be required to pay Swedish tax. Grantees in Sweden for less than 6 months will not be able to open a Swedish bank account and will receive their grant payment at their U.S. financial institution.

For more information on living and studying in Sweden, click here.

Please note that candidates currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Sweden.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Applicants interested in contacting previous Fulbright alumni in a certain field/area of research or geographical location may contact the Commission.

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