Fulbright Scholar Award

Astronomy and Antarctic Studies

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
August 2023
May 2024
Award Length
3 months
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Information Sciences/Systems
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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 aim of this award is to enhance research efforts and increase academic exchange opportunities in two specific areas of interest in Chile/U.S. academic work - Astronomy and Data Sciences, and Antarctic Studies. The award seeks to fund up to four scholars for three to four months.

Astronomy and Data Sciences

In Astronomy and Data Sciences, the award seeks to fund scholars and scientists from U.S. institutions, for three to four months, to establish collaborations with astronomers and data scientists at Chilean institutions.  Astronomy and Data Sciences applicants must contact Mason Taylor, Program Officer for U.S. Grantees at the Fulbright Commission, for additional information.

The duration and timing of the visits will be agreed upon by the U.S. scientists and the Chilean host institutions.

Antarctic Studies

In Antarctic Studies, the Fulbright Commission has established a partnership with the Chilean Antarctic Institute (Instituto Antártico Chileno – INACH). The award seeks to fund scientists from U.S. institutions, for three to four months, to establish collaborations with researchers at the INACH in the following research areas: The State of the Antarctic Ecosystem; Antarctic Thresholds: Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation; Antarctic Climate Change; Physical and Earth Sciences; Antarctic Microbiology and Molecular Biology; and Antarctic Environment. For further details on the research areas please refer to the institute’s science program at this link

The duration and timing of the visits will be agreed upon by the U.S. scientists and the Chilean host institutions.

Locations Detail

In Astronomy and Data Sciences, an accredited university where the host professor must include language that ensures either observation time or data access to the applicant.

In Antarctic Studies, please review the research areas and the Chilean universities that have a partnership with the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

Award Length and Period

Three to four months

Grants may begin in August 2023 or later.

Areas of Interest

The preferred disciplines must align with the primary focus of the award in Astronomy, Antarctic Studies, and Data Science, and address SOCHIAS or INACH research activities

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants are required to obtain a simple letter of intent from a representative of the partner institution in Chile.  This letter does not imply a financial commitment but rather an explicit interest in working with the candidate.  The letter should indicate a commitment to providing the Fulbright applicant with observation time or data access.

Applicants are required to contact Mason Taylor, Program Officer for U.S. Grantees at the Fulbright Commission, before applying.

For tips on finding a host institution, view this short tutorial: https://youtu.be/OkFHTosspD


Language Proficiency Requirements
Qualified Language Eval Recommended

Applicants are encouraged to register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

Working knowledge of Spanish is desired but not required.

Additional Comments

For tips on finding a host institution, view this short tutorial: https://youtu.be/OkFHTosspD

Applicants are required to contact Mason Taylor, Program Officer for U.S. Grantees at the Fulbright Commission, before applying.

Award Allowances

USD $3,500 per month for the scholar only. There are no additional benefits for dependents.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Up to USD $2,000 reimbursable international travel allowance for the scholar only.

Special Award Benefits

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay).

The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website

Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The aim of the program is to enhance research efforts in a wide range of disciplines, strengthen lecture quality and diversity and increase academic exchange opportunities between Chilean and U.S. universities.  Academic semesters are from March to July and August to December.  Awards are rarely made during the January-February period unless justified by the nature of the project and prearranged with the Fulbright Commission.  Grant length is flexible within a range of three to four months.

Preference is for candidates with senior status (five years of experience following a terminal degree) and graduate-level teaching experience.  Junior scholars, as well as professional candidates with compelling proposals, will also be considered.

University Accreditation Status: Universities in Chile must have a minimum of three years of accreditation status to be considered as potential host institutions.  Visit the Fulbright Commission website for more information.  The Fulbright Commission contact in Chile is U.S. Grantees Program Officer, Mason Taylor.

As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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