Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Scotland Distinguished Scholar at the Glasgow School of Art

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
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) not required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
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
September 2023
April 2024
Award Length
6 months
Flex Option
United Kingdom
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Art History
Creative Writing
Film/Cinema Studies
Gender Studies
Information Sciences/Systems
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
Urban Planning/Studies
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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

The Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art contributes to the intellectual life of the university through seminars, public lectures and curriculum development in any discipline within the institution for six months.

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, and is one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for visual creative disciplines.

The GSA has five academic schools:

  • Fine Art
  • Design
  • Mackintosh School of Architecture
  • Simulation and Visualisation
  • Innovation

As well as a number of established specialised research centres such as:

  • SimVis, leaders in advanced visualisation and interaction
  • Centre for Advanced Textiles, exploring advancements in digital printing for textiles
  • Mackintosh Environmental Architectural Research Unit, based within the Mackintosh School of Architecture
  • Emergent research centres such as the Glasgow Urban Lab, Reading Landscape, and Art Writing
  • Institute for Design Innovation
Locations Detail

The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Award Length and Period

Six months

Grants may begin any time after September 1, 2023, but before April 30, 2024.

Areas of Interest


  • Contemporary Art
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Creative Economy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • Digital Visualisation

Applications are sought in any subject relevant to the following interdisciplinary research themes current at the Glasgow School of Art:

  • Architecture, Urbanism and the Public Sphere
  • Design Innovation
  • Digital Visualization
  • Education in Art, Design and Architecture
  • Contemporary Art and Curating
  • Health and Well-being
  • Material Culture
  • Sustainability
Special Features

Scholars in the UK participate in a wide range of academic, cultural, and social events and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission; see Special Award Benefits section for more details.

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 is optional.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

While it is not a requirement to have an affiliation letter for this award it is strongly recommended that applicants get in touch with their proposed host department and applications that include an affiliation letter will be much more competitive. An email from the host institution confirming their interest in hosting the applicant will suffice as evidence of affiliation. If an applicant is struggling to make contact with their host institution they can contact the US-UK Fulbright Commission directly on fulbrightprogrammes@fulbright.org.uk

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Comments

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is a small, specialist and highly focused international creative community and one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for creative education. In the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the GSA was ranked as the second largest art and design research community, with 25 percent of research considered to be world leading and a further 25 percent internationally recognized.

Candidates should have strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project 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.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview with the US-UK Fulbright Commission through a Zoom video call in January 2023.

Award Allowances

Single grant of £27,500 (about $37,500 as of January 2021). All grants are intended as a contribution toward travel and general expenses incurred during the grant period. A Housing Allowance is provided by host institution (excluding utility bills, etc.). 

No additional funding is provided for dependents.

Special Award Benefits

Scholars are provided with a small travel allowance and accommodation to attend certain Fulbright Commission enrichment events. Scholars in the UK will have the opportunity to participate in a range of events, and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission. 

All Fulbright Scholar grantees must obtain a UK Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa to participate in the Fulbright program in the UK. The Commission sponsors the Scholar’s Tier 5 visa.

Scholars receive free institutional memberships with The National Trust/Royal Oak Foundation and The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). Scholars are also offered a free Elsevier scholar support package, which includes access to the entire suite of SciVerse products and a wide range of online journals (including The Lancet).

Scholars are asked to deliver a public lecture or other event at a location other than their host institution. They may also be offered the opportunity to deliver a Lecture at Gresham College and Benjamin Franklin House in London during their grant period in the UK.

Fulbright Scholars will have membership of the UK Fulbright Alumni Network and access to Fulbrighter, a networking platform which enables grantees to connect, network, engage and collaborate with Fulbright alumni and grantees around the world

Depending on the timing of the visit, scholars may also be able to attend the annual Fulbright EU-NATO Seminar held in Belgium and Luxembourg (in February) and the annual Fulbright Seminar in Berlin (in March).

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in Europe have the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to support short-term (up to one week) travel to other countries in the EUR region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. Though scholars may pursue invitations for short-term activities in other European countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, Scholars may only apply for the European inter-country travel grant funds when in the UK and during their Fulbright grant period.

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.

United Kingdom

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The United Kingdom has participated in the Fulbright program since 1948 and there are strong relationships between the UK and the US. Daily life in the UK varies hugely between large metropolitan cities and smaller towns and rural communities. Awards are offered in all of the countries of the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  The UK is culturally vibrant and grantees often take advantage of opportunities to experience its arts, music and history, as well as its natural beauty and thousands of miles of coastline.  A Fulbright Scholar grant in the United Kingdom is a unique opportunity to undertake a period of research or teaching while concurrently participating in a program of events intended to foster cultural learning and networking opportunities. 

The grant year for U.S. Scholars in the UK is from September 2023  through August 2024, but projects must begin between September 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024 unless otherwise specified. Fulbright Scholar grants to the UK do not include dependent allowances or travel, relocation, or book allowances.  

Applicants will be evaluated not only for their scholarly, artistic or professional excellence but also for their potential to facilitate mutual understanding and knowledge exchange between the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Preference will be given to applicants who have not already spent a significant amount of time in the United Kingdom. Applicants with permanent residency in the United Kingdom are not eligible for Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards to this country. 

Candidates interested in applying for an award in the United Kingdom are advised to visit the US-UK Fulbright Commission's website for more information on the Scholar awards offered by the Commission. 

They may also wish to consult Universities UKUniversities ScotlandUniversities Wales, and UK Research and Innovation for more information about higher education in the UK. 

Applicants may contact the US-UK Fulbright Commission with any queries by emailing fulbrightprogrammes@fulbright.org.uk 


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