Fulbright donation leads to new entrepreneurship chair at Carleton University

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The Azrieli building at Carleton University, for illustrative purposes only. (Photo by erfan0 / Flickr)

Four visiting academic and research chairs will come to Carleton University, including an entrepreneurship chair at the Sprott School of Business, as part of a $16-million, 25-year partnership with Fulbright Canada.

Fulbright Canada is a binational, non-profit organization mandated to promote academic collaborations between the United States and Canada. The organization’s $8-million donation will be matched by the school.

Scholars from the United States will be able to apply for one-year terms to research at Carleton under the four new visiting chairs, the most established by Fulbright Canada at one time at a single university.

In addition to entrepreneurship, the donation will create chairs in environmental science, arts and social science and public affairs. The exact research areas of these chairs may change over the 25-year partnership, the longest-such commitment Fulbright Canada has ever made.

“The areas selected by the faculties and the deans reflect our strategic priorities and the interests of our students,” said outgoing Carleton University president Roseann Runte.

“The chairs will augment knowledge of Carleton’s excellent academic and research programs across the United States and enhance the university’s reputation for creative, interdisciplinary work.”

There are currently more than 60 Fulbright visiting chairs across Canada and the U.S., with two already at Carleton.

The donation was made as part of Carleton’s collaborate campaign, a $300-million fundraising effort launched in 2015. The campaign’s funds stand at roughly $227 million today, including a $1.8 million partnership with Cisco Canada.