All Disciplines at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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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.
A) Teaching undergraduate-level courses:
One or two courses already established at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Teach 6 ECTS (equivalent to a whole course, about 48 hours of teaching classes) towards a Bachelor’s degree. The Lecturer can choose to teach parts of courses within one of UC3M Departments:
B) Teaching graduate-level courses
The Lecturer will have the opportunity to deliver guest lectures for courses pertaining to the Master’s degrees in his/her area of expertise and/or seminars for Ph.D. students.
Mandatory teaching will not exceed 60 hours in undergraduate and graduate courses.
The Lecturer will be invited to present his/her research in seminars and to attend research seminars led by UC3M professors. There will be ample opportunity for research collaboration.
- School of Law and Social Sciences, or School of Humanities, Communication and Library Science, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), C/ Madrid, 126, 28903 Getafe (Madrid); or
- School of Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Avd. de la Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganés (Madrid)
Five to six months, depending on the Scholar's availability.
January to June 2024
UC3M sponsors this award and, in addition to financial benefits, offers logistical assistance in finding housing and school(s) for dependent children, if necessary. A contact will be available to help the scholar adapt to the university.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.
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Classes will be taught in English, and the Lecturer should expect students to complete all their written and oral assignments in that language.
Some proficiency in Spanish is recommended for daily life. Madrid, where the university is located, is the capital city of Spain. Nevertheless, English is not widely spoken, especially among middle-aged and older people.
For academic candidates: Associate or Full Professor. Assistant Professors with substantial teaching experience would also be considered.
For professionals: candidates with wide and demonstrated experience in the discipline, and contact with teaching, education and/or outreach programs.
Direct grant benefits (stipend, travel, and relocation allowances) are provided by the host institution, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).
€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 €1237)
Authorized dependents' travel allowance: $800 (approximately €705 per person for up to two dependents)
No tuition allowance will be provided. Both public and private schools in Spain have bilingual or English language instruction available. The UC3M offers logistical assistance in finding school(s) for dependent children, if necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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