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


The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cyber Information Influence (funded by the University of Adelaide) seeks exceptional U.S. researchers who specialise 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.

What is “cyber information influence”?

Vulnerabilities caused by the use, misuse and ‘weaponisation’ 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.

Scholarship Eligibility

Specific to this award:
  • Must include a Letter of Invitation from the University of Adelaide with the application
  • Must be at full professor level with relevant disciplinary experience
General criteria for all Fulbright Awards:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must not be a dual citizen of Australia
  • Must be residing in U.S. at the time of application
  • Must not have already commenced this degree or project in Australia

Scholarship Entitlements

  • A monthly stipend for a maximum of 6 months (minimum 5 months)
  • Accommodation allowance for a maximum of 6 months (minimum 5 months)
  • International travel entitlement
  • Travel allowance for an Australian lecture tour/ conference events
  • Eligibility to apply for coverage under Australian Medicare (Scholar only)
  • A limited Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) Health Benefits Plan, designed by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Seven Corners, Inc. Please note this plan is NOT an insurance policy.
  • 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.
  • Orientation and networking opportunities.
  • Support from the Commission prior to and during program.

About The University of Adelaide

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 recognised 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.

Contact Information

The University of Adelaide

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

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Outreach and Recruitment

Jaclyn Assarian, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, via (202) 326-7700, eastasiapacific@iie.org

Fulbright Team

Please contact the Fulbright scholarships team for any queries related to entitlements or application processes via: fulbright@fulbright.org.au


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