Distinguished Chairs

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Award 8425-CA (3 grants)

Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation

Distinguished Research Chairs in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness

Fulbright Canada and the Palix Foundation have partnered to create and support a program of distinguished research chairs that focus on brain science and child and family wellness. Together with Alberta’s three research-intensive universities, this opportunity will allow extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to spend one semester as a visiting research scholar working in a targeted area of academic inquiry. Three chairs are appointed annually.

Distinguished Research Chair

the University of Alberta
US$35,000 for 4 months
September 2018 or January 2019
Fulbright Canada Program Officer (Scholars)

Distinguished Research Chair

the University of Calgary
US$35,000 for 4 months
September 2018 or January 2019
Fulbright Canada Program Officer (Scholars)

Distinguished Research Chair

the University of Lethbridge
US$35,000 for 4 months
September 2018 or January 2019
Fulbright Canada Program Officer (Scholars)

Areas of Inquiry

We are particularly interested in scholars who work across disciplines and sectors, and whose work focuses on making an impact on health and wellness outcomes. Regardless of discipline, the models that scholars are employing should be based on current brain science about the effects of toxic stress on child, family, and lifecourse health and wellness outcomes and, in particular, those related to mental health and addiction. Stress is toxic when it is severe and ongoing, such as in circumstances of abuse, neglect, or parental addiction. For more information on toxic stress and its impact on brain development, please visit: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the Palix Foundation's Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and consider how their scholarly work aligns with this research and knowledge mobilization platform: www.albertafamilywellness.org. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated an understanding of the Initiative’s strategic intent.

Applicant should clearly articulate how their proposed work as a visiting Fulbright scholar aligns with the general focus of the scholarship opportunity, and specifically with one or more of the following areas of inquiry.

Organizational Management / Health and Social System Improvement

Improving the continuum of care for families and their children who are impacted by addiction and mental health problems, and taking models that work in other settings and testing them in Alberta; in particular, models that are based on the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease and requires a chronic disease management approach, as well as those that take a family-centered prevention and treatment approach.

Addiction Care and Recovery

Research on high quality, comprehensive, and meaningful addiction and mental health care and recovery models that cross relevant systems and players and in ascertaining how elements of such models could be applied to improve Alberta’s current approaches to preventing and treating addiction and mental health issues.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and other Child Trauma

This program is interested in supporting scholars who will focus on early prevention and intervention for children exposed to toxic stress and those who focus on advancing and applying knowledge related to the intergenerational aspects of this phenomenon and its links with addiction and mental health outcomes.


Fields of study can include, but are not limited to, population and public health, health services and systems research, public policy, knowledge translation and mobilization, business administration, organizational behavior and change management, psychology, sociology, social work, medicine and nursing, and other health disciplines, neurosciences, and early childhood development.

Reference documents provided by the Palix Foundation: 

Details about the award

  • Apply online
  • Three grants are available, and can be taken up at any of the three universities (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, or the University of Lethbridge).
  • Candidates will be placed at the university that best suits their research interests.
  • Selected scholars are encouraged to engage in collaborative research, and focus on practical implementation and policy innovation with scholars from the three universities in Alberta.
  • Candidates should be interested in outreach to community groups, NGOs, and the Government of Alberta.

Selection Process

  • Awards can be taken up in September 2018 or January 2019.
  • The 2018-2019 competition closes on September 12, 2017.
  • The application process may include an interview for final candidates.

Eligibility Summary

  • American Citizenship.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, or significant professional experience.
  • Proficiency in English.

For a complete list of eligibility please see our general eligibility requirements


  • US$35,000.
  • Support for collaboration with other chairs in this program.
  • Membership in the Fulbright network and the opportunity to develop long-term research collaborations.
  • Eligibility to apply for up to $4,000 to propose an environmental initiative in Canada or the United States (Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership 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.

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Applicants should arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation from their preferred host institution(s). Applicants may also be referred for consideration for Visiting Research Chair awards as appropriate.

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