Fulbright Scholar Award

Business Management at the Universidad de Murcia

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13560-SP
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
1
Award Start Period
October 2023
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March 2024
Award Length
3 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Spain
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Business
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
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution

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

Please note that the Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree program is completely taught in Spanish as approved by ANECA (more info available at www.um.es/mba); most MBA students do not speak English, and the scholar will be expected to teach in Spanish. Detailed information about his/her tasks will be provided to candidates in a timely manner after being selected.

MBA professors have links to international universities and companies around the world. For instance, some teachers have participated as researchers in H2020 European Project ENVISION and Erasmus + Projects. Others have been visiting scholars in U.S. and European universities. Still others have worked in international companies. However, teaching is in Spanish since most students are not fluent in English.

A) Teaching at the postgraduate level:

The candidate is expected to teach or co-teach some of the courses in the Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree program. The courses in which the candidate will participate will be chosen according to his/her interest and previous experience (program syllabus available at www.um.es/mba).

The visiting professor will teach a maximum of two courses, with around 20 students and three to seven weeks in duration, including lectures and seminars.

B) Research:

The candidate is expected to collaborate with the university's research groups on Business and Innovation topics according to his/her interests and profile. This collaboration may include, but is not limited to, meetings, research paper proposals, doctorate seminars, and participation in research projects. The list of research groups can be found at https://www.um.es/web/organizacion-finanzas/contenido/investigacion/grupos  

The Organizational Technological Innovation research group has a special focus on business and innovation. For more information, please see their website

Award Length and Period

First or second semester of 2023/24.

Areas of Interest

Management
Innovation
Business Administration

Special Features

The Universidad de Murcia (UM) sponsors this award and, in addition to financial benefits, offers advice to find housing and, if necessary, a school for dependent children. A contact will be available to help the professor adapt to the university. The Scholar will enjoy all the benefits and rights of a regular faculty member of the UM, including access to all digital resources.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country 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 optional.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

The host institution welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.

Contact: Prof. Carolina López Nicolás, Department of Management and Finance

Email: carlopez@um.es

Language Proficiency Requirements
Required
Qualified Language Eval Required

Applicants must 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
Advanced
Required Languages
Spanish
Additional Language Requirement

Classes will be taught in Spanish, and the lecturer can expect students to complete the written and oral assignments in that language.

The city of Murcia, where the university is located, is in the southeastern part of Spain. The number of foreign visitors is increasing each year, but English is not widely spoken, especially among middle-aged and older people. Some students are foreigners.

Additional Qualification Information

Open to academics with experience in Management, Innovation, or Business Administration. Rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor with substantial teaching experience.

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.

Award Allowances

Direct grant benefits (stipend, travel and relocation allowances) are provided by the host institution, the Universidad de Murcia (UM).

€3,200 (approximately $3,850) 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 $165) for one dependent or €300 (approximately $330) for two or more dependents.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel and relocation allowance for scholars: €1,285 (approximately $1,400). Authorized dependents' travel allowance: €735 (approximately $800 per person for up to two dependents).

Additional Dependent Benefits

No tuition allowance will be provided. Both public and private schools in Spain have bilingual or English language instruction available. The UM offers logistical assistance in finding housing and 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.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

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 reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Spain

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Summary

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.

Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at informacion@fulbright.es or www.fulbright.es.

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