U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair in in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sponsored by the RMIT University


RMIT University is a global university of technology, design and enterprise, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments.

One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University now has 82,000 students including 12,000 at postgraduate level. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and practical education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the cities in which they are located.

With three campuses in Melbourne (Central Business District, Brunswick and Bundoora), two in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and a centre in Barcelona, Spain, RMIT is a truly global university.

Research at RMIT aims to solve critical global problems and to create value from research which provides others outside the academic community pathways to deliver the ultimate positive economic, societal and environmental impacts. Eight Enabling Capability Platforms have been created, each being a conduit through which breadth and depth is developed in areas of strength resulting in RMIT becoming more widely recognised for its research relevance beyond the academic world.

The role of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair enables exceptional senior scholars (associate or full professor) or professionals from the United States to undertake research and/or practice of importance to RMIT in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. This position aims to promote collaboration between Australia and the United States to stimulate interest and build capacity in innovation and entrepreneurship. The scholarship supports a 5-6 month position.

The award is open to senior academics/researchers and/or practitioners at the level of full professor or equivalent. Professionals with an equivalent track record and experience from industry, business or government with a distinguished career in the proposed fields are also encouraged to apply.


This award seeks scholars and professionals in the fields of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

 Scholarship Entitlements

  • A monthly stipend for a maximum of 6 months
  • Accommodation allowance for a maximum of 6 months
  • Generous international travel entitlement
  • Travel allowance for an Australian lecture tour
  • Health coverage under Medicare (Scholar only)
  • Health and Accident Insurance (ASPE) to a maximum of US$100,000 (Scholar only)
  • Access to Fulbright Alumni in the US and Australia for social and professional networking
  • Support from the Fulbright Commission to assist with administration, visas and general enquiries.
  • Dependents of scholars who will be enrolled in the Australian public school system in grades K-12 may have tuition fees waived.

For details on entitlements please visit the CIES Distinguished Chair page.

Contact Information

Please note that applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from RMIT University with their application.

To discuss potential projects and negotiate a Letter of Invitation, please contact:

Professor Swee Mak, Director Strategic Innovation and Innovation Professor, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, RMIT University via swee.mak@rmit.edu.au or phone +61 3 9925 4161.

Please contact the Fulbright scholarships team for any queries related to entitlements or application processes.


More detailed information about the application process and a link to the online application form can be found on the CIES website.