Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Sponsored by Kansas State University

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences is for an exceptional Australian Professor to carry out research at Kansas State University (K-State) in the United States.

The Distinguished Chair is viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, with approximately 40 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs across 15 countries.

Who should apply?

The Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at K-State is for academics in any part of this broadly designated field. Scholars who want to work with their counterparts at K-State whose academic home is in the Colleges (Faculties) of Agriculture, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine are eligible as are those whose host is in a department such as Biology or Biochemistry.

Academics whose host is outside these areas might also be eligible depending on the research project being proposed.  For example, working on biofuels in an Engineering department, water issues in an engineering or geography department, or agricultural policy with a counterpart in the School of Leadership Studies or departments such as Politics and Economics could potentially be eligible.

Selected Scholars will work with K-State faculty in priority research areas that lead to ongoing collaborative partnerships between Australia and K-State – partnerships which develop skills and capabilities in Agricultural and Life Sciences and which result in a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States.

All applications require an invitation letter, signed by the K-State faculty host and his/her department head/chair.

What are the benefits?

  • Monthly stipend for living expenses
  • Travel Allowance
  • Accommodation in a furnished apartment arranged by Kansas State University
  • Addtional travel allowance for a U.S. public lecture tour
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • National orientation program, showcase & gala presentation dinner
  • Enrichment activities in the United States with other international Fulbright scholars
  • Access to a professional network of distinguished Australian and American Fulbright alumni
  • Ongoing assistance from the Commission with visas, enrichment opportunities and pastoral care
  • Media and publicity support

What are the conditions?

  • Funding is stipend based and is for a maximum duration of six months.
  • Kansas State University is the primary host institution
  • Awardees must conduct a public lecture tour across a variety of institutions whilst in-country.
  • Awardees will be expected to contribute to guest lectures and seminars at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • The Chair is also expected to undertake targeted media interviews coordinated with the Fulbright Commission.

For further information on this scholarship from the perspective of K-State, please contact Professor John Leslie, Head of Kansas State Plant Pathology Department.

How Do I Apply?

  • Prior to applying, we strongly encourage applicants to read the Eligibility & Conditions section of the Australian Applicants page.
  • Applications must be completed and submitted via the online portal (see below for instructions and access). Applications emailed or posted to the Commission cannot be considered.
  • Applicants for this award will automatically be considered for a Fulbright Scholar Award.
  • To discuss your application aspirations with someone in your area, please consider reaching out to one of our Campus Advisers.
  • Please download the Australian Applicant checklist to include with your application.


Postdoctoral, Professional and Scholar Award Applicants:

Click here to check your eligibility status and begin your application.
Please also download the 2018-19 Scholar instructions.