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Robertson Visiting Professor in British History Award


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In this award category one grant will provide a career-development opportunity for an exceptional British Historian to teach at Westminster College, Missouri, a small, selective liberal arts college for one academic year.

The modest lecturing requirement will allow time for establishing a collaborative relationship with the US National Churchill Museum and Churchill Institute and for conducting personal research.

This award is named in honour of the late Rev. William W. Robertson.

For additional information and to request a letter of affiliation from Westminster please contact Dr Carolyn Perry, Senior Vice President of Westminster College and Dean of Faculty. Candidates should make contact with Westminster College directly before applying to Fulbright for this award. 

The tabs above contain more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline.

You can also read 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 US. However, Fulbright is much more than a grant – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and educational experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year.

Grant Amount

The Robertson Visiting Professor award provides $52,500 for one academic year
(9 months).

The grant is paid in instalments, the first of which is typically given just prior to departure from the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. 

Other Grant Benefits

  • Travel budget of up to $10,000 to cover economy return travel for the grantee and up to four accompanying dependants
  • Internal US travel costs for attendance at lectures and conferences
  • Smaller allowances for entertainment, office supplies and printing are also provided

A number of memberships, sickness and accident benefit coverage, and J1 visa sponsorship are also included. 

Pre-Departure Support

There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists Workshop (March) and a 2-3 day Orientation Programme (July). Once on-the-ground in the US, further support is offered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)including a chance to apply for their Outreach Lecture Fund to fund guest lecturing invitations at US institutions.

Post-Grant Benefits

The benefits of a Fulbright Award do not end once the grant period is over. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 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 ongoing social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities and mentoring schemes.

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this award you must:

  • be a UK citizen* (resident anywhere except the United States), and
  • hold or expect to receive a PhD (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the US
  • have at least one year's experience of lecturing to undergraduate students

The award is suitable for junior, mid-career or senior scholars and is open to all areas of specialisation in British History.

‘British Historian’ is inclusively defined: we welcome applications from historians of all time periods, thematic areas, and geographical regions of the British Isles, in addition to applications from candidates with a specialisation in British Imperial or Colonial history. We also welcome historians in interdisciplinary fields, such as art history, music history, or the history of science. The quality of the candidate in terms of their teaching and research potential is of great importance; their area of specialisation is not.

What do we look for in our applicants?

  • a strong research project and evidence of academic excellence
  • demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of British culture,
  • experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities,
  • evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to the UK upon returning

Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting the Robertson Visiting Professorship Award. 

Previous US experience

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

Terms and Conditions and FAQs 

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, nor for projects based outside of the United States.


*Non-UK citizens are encouraged to use our advisory service in the UK, but to apply for Fulbright scholarships through the office in their country of citizenship 
(see US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply in this award category. Those who hold joint citizenship between the UK and any country other than the US may apply in this award category.


Please read all of this information very carefully before starting an application.

UK Fulbright Application Instructions

The Fulbright online application system is called Embark and is used by all Fulbright Commissions worldwide. Each Commission sets its own policies and procedures and country-specific instructions for using the online application system. 

Before beginning an application download, read and follow the UK Fulbright Application Instructions.  It is critical that you follow the instructions in this document in order to submit an accurate and complete application for the UK Commission.

Embark Online Application Form

In order to make an application to the UK Fulbright Commission you need to register with the Embark online application site

You will be able to log in and out of your account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting. 

It is imperative that you follow the UK country-specific instructions as you complete the Embark online application; failure to do so will mean that your application may not be considered.

You must complete the Embark online application form in order to apply for a Fulbright Award. In the application you must provide:

  • biographical information about yourself, your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and project plans.  
  • details of the US institution with which you will be affiliated (Westminster College) and a letter of invitation (sought independently) from Dr Carolyn Perry at Westminster College 
  • a project statement, 
  • details of three referees who must each submit a letter of recommendation to the online system on your behalf

  • a Course Syllabi (description of a sample semester length course that you would teach at Westminster - up to 10 pages total.) The Scholar will be assigned to the Department of History and will be expected to teach in the Fall Semester one upper level three-hour course on British history and one three-hour survey course on British History or Western Civilization I or II; and in the Spring Semester one upper level three-hour course on British History and, depending on demand, either a second upper level course on British History or a three-hour survey course on British History or Western Civilization I or II. Topics of the British History courses will vary depending on the academic background of the recipient. In addition to any views you have on the specified teaching requirements, please include details of your lecture topics and special fields of expertise which could form the basis of public lectures. 

  • a Teaching Report (description of the courses you have taught to date)

Required Additional Forms

You are also required to upload the following to your online application form before submitting it:

Fulbright Interviews

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews on the date(s) listed within the Timeline tab above. Interviews will be held on one of the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled. 

All interviews must be conducted face-to-face.



1 August 2016 – Competition opens; applications available online

6 November 2016 – Application deadline

November-January – Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up

mid-January – Short-listed candidates invited to interview

30 January-10 February 2017 – Fulbright interviews 

late February – Notification, finalists invited to Fulbright Workshop

17 March 2017 – Fulbright Finalist Workshop in London

March-June – Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork

6-7 July 2017 – Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation

From mid-July 2017 to 30 April 2018 – Independent departures, Your Fulbright Exchange begins

Upon returning to the UK, candidates will be invited to participate in Fulbright alumni activities including our annual Returners’ Workshop as well as informal social events.

Additional Information

The career development provided by this position will be focused around three key areas:


The award-holder will gain experience in course design and sole delivery of both lower (first and second year) and upper (third and fourth year) courses. Typically, the lower level course will comprise a survey or introductory class (previous award holders have taught courses such as British History from 1800 and British History 1500-1707), and the upper level course will be more geared towards the award-holder’s research interests (e.g.: ‘The Nobility and Aristocracy in the British Isles, 1500-1660’, ‘Culture and Politics in 20th Century Britain’). If the award-holder feels that obtaining experience of teaching European, Atlantic world or British Imperial/Colonial history would be a valuable addition to their teaching portfolio, then, depending on the courses already on offer in the department, this possibility can be considered. 

The American system provides considerable independence regarding course design and management. As such, candidates will return to the UK with high-level teaching experience which will enhance their CVs. A senior faculty mentor will be assigned to award-holders to ease transition to the American higher education system and ensure their development as a teacher.  

Research and Publication: 

The limited teaching timetable provides the award holder with time to conduct research or pursue writing projects. Between Friday and Monday, and during break and holiday periods, residence on campus is not required and award-holders are strongly encouraged to travel for academic development when not on campus. For modernists, the US National Churchill Museum on campus hosts a range of specialist resources, whilst a generous travel allowance will support research trips to a range of institutions throughout the US. Previous award-holders have visited the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Truman Library, the Library of Congress, and a range of regional libraries and archives. 

Outreach and Dissemination: 

The award-holder will work in collaboration with the Churchill Institute and also the National Churchill Museum, a museum on campus dedicated to the life and career of Sir Winston Churchill, who delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Westminster College. The Churchill Institute will arrange for the candidate to give an inaugural, public lecture on campus and support their travel elsewhere: regular speaking engagements for award-holders have included the English Speaking Union in Kansas City and Georgia College. In addition, award-holders are encourages to attend conferences and give guest lectures at institutions throughout the US for the purposes of disseminating their research and building their academic networks.