Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences


(5 to 6 months)

Applications for this Scholarship ARE NOW CLOSED. 

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Science is the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Scholarship for an exceptional Australian Scholar to carry out research at Kansas State University in the United States of America.

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

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

The Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University 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.

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to guest lectures and seminars at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A national speaking tour to visit four centers in the U.S. will be coordinated by Kansas State University and the Fulbright Commission.  The Chair is also expected to undertake targeted media interviews coordinated with the Fulbright Commission.


  • A monthly stipend for a maximum of 6 months
  • Accommodation in a furnished apartment arranged by Kansas State University
  • Generous travel allowance for a U.S. lecture tour to four centers of excellence
  • Beyond the funds related to the Fulbright Scholarship, the program also provides: Health and Accident Insurance (ASPE) to maximum of USD 100,000 (Scholar only)
  • Attendance for Chair at Fulbright events including an Orientation Program and Presentation Dinner for Australian Fulbright Scholars, held annually in March.
  • Transportation to and accommodation at an Enrichment Seminar with international Fulbright Scholars in the U.S.
  • Access to Fulbright Alumni Association in the U.S. to assist in preparation for the visit and in Australia for social and professional networks.


Please review the following online information prior to completing your application:

Please note that only the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences deadline has been extended to 31 August 2014. In reading background material, please ignore for the purposes of this application any other deadline. 


Postdoctoral, Professional, Senior, Distinguished Chair Application Instructions (PDF Version)

EMBARK online application form


Other Scholarships

Recipients of other grants cannot hold a Fulbright Scholarship and another scholarship at the same time to complete the same project. Secondary (smaller) scholarships that are for tuition fees only, MAY be considered by the Commission on a case by case basis. It should be noted that proposed or current recipients of the General Sir John Monash Awards, Endeavour Award, and other similar scholarships are ineligible to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.

J-1 Exchange visa two year home-residence requirement

Fulbright Scholars must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program.

It is a condition of the visa that after expiration of the Scholarship, scholars must return to Australia to reside for two years before being eligible to apply for a permanent residence or work visa in the United States.

The purpose of the home-residence requirement is to ensure that scholars return to Australia and carry out the exchange objective of the Fulbright Program.

Funding period

Funding is for a maximum of five to six months for the Distinguished Chair.

Scholarship period

Fulbright Scholarships must be started between July and June of the following year for which they were awarded their scholarship. Scholarships cannot be started earlier than July. Some flexibility is required as the time taken to obtain a J1 visa can vary.

Arrival in the U.S. prior to the commencement of the scholarship period usually will not be supported. Scholars are required to participate in Fulbright pre-departure activities, including the Orientation Program, Fulbright Presentation Dinner and State Receptions.

Fulbright Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Non-transferable scholarship benefits

The benefits offered under a Fulbright Scholarship are not transferable either in whole or in part to any other person (including family members) or for any other purpose. 

Any significant change in a scholar's plans from those stated in the original Scholarship application must be approved by the Fulbright Commission before any benefit under the Scholarship will be given or continued.


An allowance for travel is provided.

Scholars must book flights through our nominated provider Corporate Traveller. 

U.S. or Qantas airlines will be used for all flights to and from Australia and the U.S. Return flights must be booked and all flights must be direct from Australia to the US. Stopovers will not be considered.

Please Contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Executive Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Manager of Scholarships, Australian-American Fulbright Commission

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Distinguished Professor and Head of Kansas State Plant Pathology Department.

K-State’s strengths in agriculture and life sciences are well aligned with those at numerous Australian universities and research institutions. See also Fulbright Senior Scholar (sponsored by Kansas State University.

For more information please download the brochure or Flyer or visit the K-State website. You can also contact department heads on campus for more information about their specific areas. View Kansas State University ppt presentation: