Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
closed
Award Code
13264-PO
Activity Type
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
6
Award Start Period
September 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
3 months or 4 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Portugal
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

The grantee will carry out a program of research, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Locations
Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Appropriate host institutions can be accredited higher education institutions, research centers, cultural institutions or museums, governmental or non-governmental organizations with educational or scientific purposes.

Information about Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers in Portugal can be found on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education’s Study & Research in Portugal website.

Other institutions not listed can still be considered suitable hosts. Please, confirm with the Fulbright Commission in Portugal before seeking a letter of invitation.

Grantees are required to live in the city where the host institution is located.

Award Length and Period

Award dates must be approved by the Portuguese host institution. Grants can begin anytime during the academic year, between September 2023 and May 2024.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2024.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Candidates are responsible for arranging their host affiliation and must submit a letter of invitation with their application.

A letter of invitation must express the host's interest in the project and describe the proposed activities and timeline for the project; it must be written in English and printed on institutional letterhead.

Please note that the academic year in Portugal ends in July so Portuguese institutions will be on summer break from July until September and it may prove to be difficult to contact faculty and staff during that period. Candidates should expect longer turnaround times for receiving a reply to their queries.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

English is usually sufficient, but the candidate should confirm with the host institution if there are any language requirements. 

Additional Comments

For more information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, U.S. Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168), in a total of: 

  • €8,400 (approx. $9,504) for 3-month grants;

OR

  • €11,200 (approx. $12,672) for 4-month grants.

Award allowance is paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

A travel allowance of €1,100 (approx. $1,245), to be paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

Additional Dependent Benefits

Funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

  • Maintenance allowance: monthly allowance of €250 (approx. $283) per dependent, to be paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant;
  • Travel allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,245), per dependent, to be paid on the first month of the grant (roundtrip travel receipts are mandatory);
  • Tuition allowance: monthly tuition allowance of €500 (approx. $566) per dependent, when attending a private school, to be paid in a lump sum on the final month of the grant (monthly receipts are mandatory);
  • Portuguese study allowance: €300 (approx. $339) per dependent, when attending private Portuguese language and culture classes, to be paid on the final month of the grant (receipt is mandatory).

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Cost of Living, especially which relates to housing, is significantly higher in larger metropolitan areas such as Lisbon and Porto, when compared to other Portuguese regions. Grantees are responsible for finding their own housing but are encouraged to contact their host institution for assistance.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Portugal

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities of Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international scholars and researchers. Warm hospitality, a great climate and an affordable lifestyle also make Portugal an enticing destination.

The academic year starts in mid-September or October, depending on the higher education institution. The fall semester ends in December and the spring semester starts in February and ends in May or June. In general, Portuguese faculty and students have good proficiency of English language; students can speak and understand enough to attend classes taught in English. 

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal - Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.

Applicants requiring additional information and support are encouraged to contact U.S. Program Manager, Dora Reis Arenga (darenga@fulbright.pt), prior to submitting an application. Additional information regarding host institutions and details of the individual openings are available from IIE and the Fulbright Commission Portugal (www.fulbright.pt), in Lisbon.

Visas:
Fulbright U.S. grantees are responsible for obtaining a Temporary Stay Visa to Portugal. The Commission can provide informal assistance but the Portuguese Embassy and Consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues. Grantees should carefully look into visa information and start the visa application well in advance of travel.

For additional information about National Temporary Stay Visas or the Portuguese Republic's Consular Network in the U.S.A, visit the Diplomatic Portal.

 

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Prospective applicants can find information about Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni on the Commission's website: https://www.fulbright.pt/fulbrighters/u-s-grantees/.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.