Fulbright Canada Creates Four Chairs at Carleton University

Carleton University and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) have created four new chairs to support education and research goals of both institutions and enhance mutual understanding between Canadians and Americans.

The new Fulbright Visiting Chairs — established through a 25-year commitment valued at $8 million from Fulbright Canada that will be matched by Carleton — will be hosted by the Sprott School of Business, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Public Affairs and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The Visiting Chair in Entrepreneurship, Visiting Chair in Environmental Science, Visiting Chair in Public Affairs in North America: Society, Policy, Media, and Visiting Chair in Arts and Social Sciences in Canada and North America will be one-year appointments open to scholars from the United States from 2018 through 2043.

It is the first time that Fulbright Canada has established so many chairs at one time at one university, and the first time it has committed to such a long-term program.

Appointed Fulbright Visiting Chairs will reflect both ongoing societal issues and the teaching and research priorities of the chair holder and host faculty. During their terms, chair holders will conduct pertinent academic research in entrepreneurship, environmental science, public affairs, and arts and social sciences. While these areas may be amended in future years, each chair will continue to support educational programming, teaching and research.


“The Fulbright Chairs will allow us to welcome a number of outstanding professors and researchers to Canada, thereby extending the collaborative networks of Carleton faculty and students. This is important as research is increasingly done by global teams. Globalization is a significant theme of our Strategic Integrated Plan. Bringing new ideas and different ways of thinking to campus will certainly inspire us all.”  Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte

“This agreement reflects a strong commitment to support collaborative scholarship, joint research and highly effective institutional partnerships between our two countries, and it employs a visionary strategy with respect to how we position ourselves to succeed in a complex and interdependent world.”  Fulbright Canada CEO Michel Hawes

“We believe higher education is a force for good. Partners like Fulbright Canada support Carleton because they share that conviction. Through this partnership, they give not to Carleton but through Carleton, so that together we can contribute more to the greater good here in Ottawa and across North America. We are honoured to partner with them.”  Carleton Chief Advancement Officer Jennifer Conley


About Fulbright Canada

Fulbright Canada is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. It provides support to students, scholars, teachers and independent researchers through a variety of programs open to individuals in all academic fields with the exception of medical training. The Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs Program has been in place for about 15 years, and there are currently more than 60 visiting chairs in Canada and the United States. Since 1990, more than 1,500 students and scholars have participated in Fulbright Canada’s prestigious residential, academic and cultural exchange program.


About Carleton University

Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide 30,000 students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works. As an innovative institution, Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.


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