The former Prime Minister, 59, is keeping a low profile while the contest for his successor as Labour leader runs until the autumn.
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Asked if he had been offered professorships, Brown’s spokesman said: “It’s true he has been approached by several academic institutions regarding various things. None of these is settled or completed as yet. There have been approaches in this country and in others.”
He refused to confirm or deny one of these was Edinburgh University, where Brown studied for his doctorate and was student rector in the early 1970s. Two of America’s Ivy League colleges, Harvard and Yale, are thought to be vying for his services.
His spokesman emphasised the academic jobs were part-time and, if any were taken up, the former premier would do them alongside his work as a constituency MP.
There is speculation Brown is in line to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund’s director-general, should the left-winger decide to run against Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential election.