Wendy Jacob
at Glasgow School of Art

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Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art


Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now open! 

Application deadline: 1 August 2017

Each year, two awards are offered to a US scholar to research and contribute to the intellectual life of their host university through seminars, public talks and curriculum development at the Glasgow School of Art.

One of the US Visiting Professor will pursue research in any subject across the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio (DDS) and School of Design within health and wellbeing, including visualisation, design process, design innovation, medicine, human anatomy, computer science, nutrition, product and service design, design engineering, bio-mechanics, digital healthcare and telehealth. (No direct patient contact involved – projects deal with human data.)

The Digital Design Studio is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualization and interaction technologies. First and foremost, the research activities of the DDS are driven by the imaginative use of new and emerging digital tools. Research partners including Historic Scotland, Ford, QinetiQ, BBC, RCPSG and NES Education amply demonstrate the value that this approach has delivered. Research portfolio includes new 3D displays integrated with gestural, haptic and 3D audio technologies, which explore potential applications of high quality rendering and multi-sensory interaction. Central to the DDS research ethos is the concept of 'Replacement Reality,' defined as 'the ability to interact with highly credible digital models in a natural and intuitive manner, unencumbered by intrusive equipment, using your senses of touch and hearing, as well as vision.' A major developing area of research is real-time medical visualization where 3D visualization and interaction will support medical learning and teaching, surgical planning and rehearsal. Research focuses on the development of new interactive techniques to dynamically visualize the human body in 3D. Research themes for the Network are promotion of public health for Scotland, training and anatomical teaching, surgical rehearsal and pre-operative planning and post-care management.

And one award is offered to a US citizen to contribute to the development of curriculum and research agenda of the Glasgow Urban Lab and to undertake a series of public lectures in Glasgow and other major Scottish cities. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Architecture, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Film Studies, Geography, Public Administration, Sociology, Urban Planning. The appointment will be for a period of 6 months beginning at any point from 1 September to 30 April.

The Glasgow Urban Laboratory is a partnership between the Mackintosh School of Architecture (MSA) at the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow City Council's Department of Development and Regeneration Services (DRS). The Urban Lab will use the established design and research capability of the School of Architecture, together with expertise and experience at DRS and other partners and collaborators. The Glasgow Urban Laboratory has a particular interest in the design of the future city and the inter-relationship of land use, urban form, the public realm, city systems and social networking.

The Visiting Professorship will be for a period of 6 months beginning at any point from 1 September to 30 April. Candidates will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs.

Read on for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art in Health and Wellbeing, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline. We also provide profiles of current and past scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme.


Fulbright Awards offer generous financial support for academic projects in the UK. However, Fulbright is much more than a grant – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and educational experience and provide unrivalled support both during and after their Fulbright year.

Each award is for £27,500 plus accommodation. The grant is paid in instalments directly to the grantee, the first of which is typically given upon arrival in the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, travel to/from the UK, and general maintenance costs while in the UK. Candidates usually arrange to receive sabbatical pay while away to meet any additional expenses.

Limited sickness and accident benefit coverage is also included.

Additionally, Fulbright Visiting Professors in the UK are invited to participate in a wide range of events, and benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Fulbright Commission. Staff members guide Visiting Professors through the UK visa application process and assist them with opening UK bank accounts. An annual 3-day Orientation takes place in mid-September; a 4 day Fulbright Forum highlights a specific place or region of the UK each January (Manchester in 2016); and a farewell ‘End-cap’ is planned around the end of June (Stirling in 2015). Visiting Professors also benefit from free institutional memberships with The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), The National Trust/The Royal Oak Foundation and The English-Speaking Union (ESU) and are invited to participate as a judge in the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition. Visiting Professors are also encouraged to deliver a free public lecture at the prestigious Gresham College (est. 1597) in London. Visiting Professors are provided with a UK alumni mentor and the Commission seeks to introduce visiting US Visiting Professors to relevant senior/high-profile contacts in the UK.

Depending on the timing of the visit, Visiting Professors may also be able to attend the annual EU/NATO conference held in Belgium, the annual Fulbright Workshop in Berlin, and/or the Fulbright Northern Ireland Interchanges Seminar. Additionally, Visiting Professors may have the opportunity to meet with contacts in other EU countries under the Inter-Country Lecturing Programme held jointly amongst the European Fulbright Commissions.

Grantees also receive a free Elsevier scholar support package, which includes access to the entire suite of SciVerse products (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Applications), subject-specific databases (Embase, Compendex, BrainNavigator, Reaxys), and a wide range of online journals (including The Lancet).

While the Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art in Health and Wellbeing is 6 months in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 global Fulbright Awards have been given since the Programme’s inception, and alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including the UK Fulbright alumni network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through on-going social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities, mentoring schemes and much more.

Selection Criteria

The Fulbright Awards Programme is looking not only for academic excellence but also:

•    demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United Kingdom and share with British citizens aspects of American culture,
•    experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities,
•    leadership potential, and
•    a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to your home country upon returning.

Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your UK university preference. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Minimum eligibility for this Award category:

•   US citizen* (resident anywhere except the United Kingdom), and
•   hold a PhD (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the UK.

As our aim is to foster cultural understanding between the US and UK, some preference will be given to applicants who do not have extensive experience in the UK (6 months). If this applies to you, we still encourage you to apply and explain in your application how further experience in the UK will fulfil the Fulbright mission and not be a duplication of prior visits.

Please read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs for this Award before making an application.

Awards are not available for peripatetic visits or attendance at conferences only, or for projects based outside of the United Kingdom.

*UK nationals and those resident in the UK may not apply in this Award category. Dual US-UK citizens are eligible to apply in this Award category, however, some preference will be given to those without extensive experience of the UK.


Applicants must draw up a detailed project outline and provide written evidence that the Glasgow School of Art will agree to act as host and supervisor. Applicants should identify and make contact with whom they wish to work. Preference will be given to applications that contain an element of outreach or community work. Whether lecturing, consulting on course design/curriculum or researching, the specifics of this arrangement should be worked out directly with the Glasgow School of Art. The grant year is from September until August, but the successful applicant must begin the grant between 1 September and 30 April. The Visiting Professor will be expected to develop a long-term link between their home institution and the Glasgow School of Art.

Applications are made online through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). You will be able to log in and out of your application account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting.

The online application facilitated by CIES is used by Fulbright Commissions worldwide and each Commission sets its own policies and procedures with country-specific information for making an application for a Fulbright Award in their country. It is imperative that you read the Terms and Conditions on this website before submitting your application.

Applicants should review the FAQs before submitting an application.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited for telephone interviews with the Fulbright Commission on the date(s) listed below. Interviews will be held on the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled.

Proposals must receive endorsement from the Glasgow School of Art, which the Fulbright Commission will seek on behalf of successful applicants.


1 February - Competition opens, applications available at CIES
1 August - Application deadline
November - January - Applications evaluated, short-listed candidates invited to interview Mid January - Telephone Interviews
March - Notification
April-June - Fulbright scholar paperwork preparation
Early August - Late April - Independent arrival, participation in Orientation and the Fulbright Forum events in London, your Fulbright Year begins!