Apply for our Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs in Environment and Economy, and Environmental Policy at the University of Ottawa!


Fulbright awards to Canada provide a prestigious professional development opportunity for American researchers to join our network of leading environment-economy scholars, based out of the Institute of the Environment and the Smart Prosperity Institute, at the University of Ottawa.

The University of Ottawa's Fulbright alumni include Brian Murray (Duke), Ben Cashore (Yale), Richard Morgenstern (RFF), Leigh Raymond (Purdue), Margaret Taylor (Stanford), Lew Fulton (University of California, Davis), Kenneth Richards (Indiana University), and Jonathan Rubin (University of Maine).

The chair holders in Environment and Economy, and Environmental Policy, will research aspects of building an environmentally sustainable economy and shifting towards greener growth, from an economic, policy, legal and/or business perspective, and with policy relevance. They will be part of an inter-disciplinary team at the Institute of the Environment, which is home to the Smart Prosperity Institute, Canada’s world-class environment-economy think tank and research network.

Application open to American citizens only. Please share with your US colleagues and networks! Despite current travel restrictions between the US and Canada, we encourage all interested candidates to apply: this call is for the 2022-2023 academic year, when we anticipate that cross-border travel will once again be permitted. You can read about Fulbright Canada’s COVID response here.


Fulbright at a Glance:

With more than 300,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 150 countries, the Fulbright program is the gold standard in academic exchange and a leader in public diplomacy. For information on the program and applying, please read more about the Fulbright scholar program.


The Institute of the Environment:

  • The University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment is a hub for environmental economics, law and policy that rivals any university in Canada - and most in North America
  • The Institute of the Environment offers an interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Environmental Sustainability that has a focus on economics, science, law and policy
  • Housed at the Institute of the Environment is Smart Prosperity Institute, Canada’s premier environment-economy research network and think tank (the closest thing Canada has to Resources for the Future)
  • Smart Prosperity Institute harnesses leading edge thinking to advance innovation in policy and markets, in the pursuit of a greener, more competitive Canadian economy. Smart Prosperity Institute has built a strong reputation for policy-relevant, environment-economy research, and connecting scholars with government decision makers and key influencers such as the business, NGO and media communities


General Eligibility Requirements:

  • American Citizenship
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, or significant professional experience
  • The University of Ottawa is an English-speaking institution, however, some resource material may be in French. French is not required but would be an asset


Award Details:

  • Grant length: 1 semester (4 months)
  • Awards are taken up September 2022 or January 2023
  • Deadline to apply is September 15th, 2021
  • Stipend of up to $25,000 USD
  • Grantees on 4-month exchanges may seek an unfunded extension for up to 8 months


All awards are subject to the availability of funding, approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), and compliance with FFSB and USG guidelines.


Benefits of becoming a Fulbright Scholar in Canada:

  • Access to world-class universities and research facilities
  • Exceptional comparative research opportunities
  • Eligibility for up to $1,000 for the Visiting Scholar Speakers Program
  • Eligibility to apply for up to $8,000 to propose a community / social justice initiative in Canada (Fulbright Canada-U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Community Leadership Program)
  • An academic and cultural orientation program in Ottawa
  • Membership in the Fulbright network and the opportunity to develop long-term research collaborations


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For more information or questions, please contact Kim Smet, Research Network Manager at Smart Prosperity Institute, at:

More on uOttawa/Smart Prosperity Institute's Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs here