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The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science and Technology

DSTG has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Fulbright since 2011.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science and Technology aims to attract outstanding (United States) U.S. researchers to work in Australia in priority areas of research for Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) that will lead to ongoing collaborative partnerships between Australia and the U.S. and develop skills and capabilities in emerging fields of science and technology.

The intended outcome of the program is to promote educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S. to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the two countries.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs are appointed to DSTG and can be based at any DSTG site Australia-wide. The Chair works on a specific research project, engaging with DSTG personnel through occasional guest lectures and/or seminars. They also explore long-term collaborations and institutional linkages. The project must meet Fulbright program objectives of fostering mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange and supporting the bilateral relationship.

The scholarship is dedicated to bringing U.S. experts to Australia for up to six months at a time, working with DSTG offices, research groups and partners, to contribute to DSTG’s key research areas. While DSTG will consider any relevant research proposal, the following areas are key contributors to future DSTG technology research:

  • Hypersonics
  • Directed Energy
  • Trusted Autonomy
  • Quantum Technology
  • Information Warfare
  • Long-Range Fires

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science and Technology Grant Opportunity (the program) is a 10-year grant program commencing 2024. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will provide an annual scholarship (Distinguished Chair) to exceptional individuals to carry out research in Australia. The Commission works with Defence to select candidates, facilitate and administer the application and interview process, travel arrangements and reporting.

Scholarship Entitlements

  • Up to $750,000 in scholarship funds
  • 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 maximum of US$100,000 (Scholar only)
  • Access to Fulbright Alumni in the US and Australia for social and professional networking
  • Fulbright Commission support to assist with administration, visas and general enquiries.
  • Dependents of scholars enrolled in Australian public schools may have tuition fees waived.

Apply today

Applications close September 16, 2024. Click here for more details and to begin the application process.


To view specific details about the current Grant Opportunity, head to the GrantConnect website.