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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.
Conduct research and/or collaborate with colleagues at Spanish academic and research institutions. Activities may include presenting lectures, seminars and workshops as arranged by host institutions or the U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission.
Research centers and universities in Spain can be found at the following links:
These lists are not exhaustive. Other institutions which are not listed may also be considered as potential hosts.
Spanish universities, institutions of higher education, and research centers.
Four to nine months
Grants may begin any time after August 2023, and they should conclude by the end of July 2024. Justified requests for different grant dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must arrange affiliation in Spain and submit letters of invitation indicating the name and position of the research adviser with whom the scholar will collaborate, and the availability of research resources. The letter is required to be signed by the research adviser.
The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission provides wide support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues such as the visa process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, it cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions.
Spanish language proficiency (or proficiency in one of the other three co-official languages: Catalan, Euskera, or Galician) is not required unless necessary to complete the research or teaching project. Applicants must discuss this point with their host institution beforehand. Applicants for whose project language proficiency is necessary must address this in the project statement.
Researchers and faculty are usually fluent in English, although there are wide differences in the students' English proficiency. For day-to-day life, some knowledge of Spanish and/or the other co-official languages is useful, especially in smaller cities and towns.
Intended for scholars who have received their Ph.D. or terminal degree within the last seven years or who have comparable professional qualifications. Ph.D. candidates must receive the terminal degree no later than February 1, 2023 and should include a letter from their thesis adviser confirming their status.
Please note that candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter, are not eligible for the Fulbright program in Spain.
€3,200 (approximately $3,620) per month. This amount covers the monthly stipend, housing and living allowances. Scholars accompanied by dependents for at least 80 percent of the grant period will receive a monthly dependent allowance of €150 (approximately $170) for one dependent or €300 (approximately $340) for two or more dependents.
Travel and relocation allowance for scholars: $1,400 (approximately €1,235). Authorized dependents' travel allowance: $800 (approximately €705 per person for up to two dependents).
Living costs vary considerably according to the geographical region and award stipends are calculated in accordance with these average costs. For more informarion about the estimated cost of living in each region of Spain, see this link.
Depending on their grant dates, cholars in Spain will have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of additional opportunities provided by the Commission. A three-day Fulbright Orientation program takes place in Madrid in mid-September; a two-day research seminar is held each year in November; a Mid-Year conference is held in a different region of Spain each February; and an End of Year Conference is planned for the end of May or beginning of June.
Scholars are provided with a small travel allowance and accommodation to attend these events. Fulbright Scholars can join the Spanish Fulbright Alumni Network, the Spanish Fulbright Association and the Fulbrighter networking platform, which enable grantees to connect, network engage, and collaborate with Fulbright alumni and grantees around the world.
During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in Europe have the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to support short-term (up to one week) travel to other countries in the EUR region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. Though scholars may pursue invitations for short-term activities in other European countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, Scholars may only apply for the European inter-country travel grant funds when in Spain and during their Fulbright grant period.
Contingent upon availability of funds, up to 11 All Discipline awards for postdoctoral researchers, and a variety of co-sponsored awards for Senior Research, Teaching or Teaching/Research are available. The co-sponsored awards have unique scopes and features and detailed information can be found in each individual award description.
The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission provides extensive support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues, such as the visa and documentation process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, assistance in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions cannot be provided.
Please note that candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter, are not eligible for the Fulbright Program in Spain.
What is life like for Fulbrighters in Spain?
Although Spain may be known for its nice weather and beautiful beaches, there are many other reasons why Spain has long been held as one of the most desirable destinations for Fulbright grantees. Spain’s higher education and research institutions, technological advancement, cultural opportunities, and modern infrastructures add to the country’s appeal as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Besides, Spain’s relatively low cost of living makes it very affordable when compared to most other countries in the EU.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Spain has the third highest life expectancy among the 38 OECD member countries at just above 83 years, and is ranked as the 8th safest country in which to live. In fact, 82% of Spanish citizens report that they feel safe walking alone at night.
Spain has an excellent public transportation system. With its large-city public transport systems including metro networks, buses, and trains, it is very easy to get around cities in Spain or even across the country.
If you plan to come to Spain with your family, you’ll love the child-friendly environment; although finding a good school in Spain will probably be one of your main concerns, you’ll find that there are many options including public, private, international and semi-private (concertados) schools.
For more detailed information about Spain, please see the OECD's Spain profile.
General Information about Spanish Universities and Research in Spain
There are 76 universities in Spain, most of which are supported by state funding. 24 Spanish universities are private, and seven are affiliated with the Catholic Church. Spain's universities are increasingly focused on internationalization. By offering degree programs taught partially or entirely in English, they are attracting students from a wide variety of other countries, providing viewpoints in studies and discussions that are often unique and enriching for U.S. Scholars. Depending on the award, Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to teach both undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or carry out research, and are often invited to work with faculty on curriculum development. Research groups are usually multicultural and English is the language predominantly used in lab settings.
The academic year in Spain broadly runs from September to June, with breaks during the Winter and Spring holidays (approximately December 22-January 6 and coinciding with the weeks surrounding and including Easter). Research activity continues in July, whereas August is a very quiet month, and most institutions are closed.
Additionally, there are eight national and public research institutions that, together with universities, form the basic core of the Spanish public system of scientific research and technological development in Spain. These include:
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
The Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT)
The Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME),
The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO),
The National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA),
The Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII),
The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC)
The National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA).
Researchers are usually fluent in English, although there may be wide differences in the students' English proficiency. For day-to-day life, a working knowledge of Spanish is useful, especially in smaller cities and towns. Language proficiency should be commensurate with the project's scope. Please discuss this point with your host institution in advance.
The friendly and open nature of most Spaniards will make it easy for you to engage in multidisciplinary research groups and collaborate with your host institution much more than you initially expected. Many former Fulbright Scholars to Spain maintain and nurture the mutual engagement and joint research they initiated with their Spanish hosts while they enjoyed their Fulbright grant.
Fulbright Spain Scholar Alumni Voices
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