Fulbright Scholar Award

Energy Production at the Universidad de la Laguna

Spain

Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
Award Code
24162-ES
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
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
1
Award Start Period
January 2025 - February 2025
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
No
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Chemistry
Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Physics
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 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

This grant provides scholars with the opportunity to conduct research and teach at the Universidad de la Laguna. Candidates are expected to dedicate approximately 60% of their time to research and 40% of their time to teaching.

Research:

Priority will be given to experts in the field of renewable energy and its use in the production of electricity, especially in the context of isolated systems such as islands. Projects which contribute to the research being carried out at ULL by different research groups in relation to this field are all welcome.

At the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) research is carried out by both individuals and research groups. All the relevant information regarding the research lines of groups/researchers can be obtained at the Science Portal | Universidad de La Laguna (ull.es)

Research Groups:

  • Constitute the basic structure through which the University’s lines of research are pursued.
  • Are established voluntarily by researchers and other staff members who wish to pursue a particular line of research.
  • Aim to pursue research, development and innovation efforts in response to the demand for technological and artistic products, both within the University itself and amongst wider society.
  • Are characterized by specific lines of research and by the delivery of specific technologies.

Applicants are invited to include an invitation letter from the relevant faculty at the Universidad de la Laguna in their application as well as a research plan in the project statement of the application.

Teaching at the undergraduate level or graduate level:

Lecturers will have the opportunity to teach courses or parts of courses, and deliver guest lectures for courses pertaining to the Master’s degrees in his/her area of expertise and/or seminars for Ph.D. students. The final work plan will be agreed with the host department.

Mandatory teaching will not exceed 60 hours in undergraduate and graduate courses.

Locations Detail

Universidad de La Laguna

The Campus

C/ Padre Herrera s/n, Apartado Postal 456, 38200, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife – España.

 

 

Areas of Interest

Energy production from renewable sources, integration in electric grids, stability of electric networks, battery technology

Engineering (electronics, electrical, mechanical, systems and chemical)

Energy production

Chemistry / Physics (with applications to energy production and storage)

Special Features

Some logistical assistance may be available. A contact person will be available  to help scholars adapt to the university. Scholars will be granted access to all digital resources available at the University of La Laguna. All university services are described on the website.

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 preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

ULL welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.

Contact: Dolores Lidia Cabrera Pérez (vicint@ull.edu.es)

 

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

Some proficiency in Spanish is recommended for daily life. English is not widely spoken, especially among middle-aged and older people.

Additional Comments

The Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) is the oldest institution of higher education learning in the Canary Islands, and it is possible to trace its history back more than 200 years.

Two hundred years after it was founded, the Universidad de La Laguna continues to be a beacon for society in the Canary Islands that, using the Atlantic as a bridge, has stretched out its hand to the rest of the world.

Currently, this public institution is home to more than 25,000 individuals who are either students, academic or research staff, or administrative staff and service personnel.

The university’s course catalogue includes: 45 undergraduate degrees; 21 official graduate courses in the process of being phased out and 30 official master’s degree programs; 52 doctoral programs; and 25 master’s degree programs unique to this university.

The geographical position of Canary Islands in the Atlantic region places them between three continents, which means that, from a strategic point of view,  the universities located on the islands are well placed to become important hubs of reference and flagships of knowledge and learning in the Atlantic.

Award Allowances

€3,200 per month. This amount covers the monthly stipend, housing and living allowances. 

The allowances will be paid by the Spanish Commission as a lump sum once the Grant is formalized (in Euros or in Dollars, at a conversion rate to be determined on April 15, 2024. View conversion rates).

 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel and relocation allowance for scholars: €1,300. Authorized dependents' travel allowance: €750 per person, for up to two dependents.

The allowances will be paid by the Spanish Commission as a lump sum once the Grant is formalized (in Euros or in Dollars, at a conversion rate to be determined on April 15, 2024. View conversion rates).

 

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Yes

Scholars accompanied by dependents for at least 80 percent of the grant period will receive a monthly dependent allowance of €150 for one dependent or €300 for two or more dependents.

No tuition allowance will be provided. Both public and private schools in Spain have bilingual or English language instruction available. If needed, the ULL will provide assistance to find a school for dependent children.

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

See the following website for information on the cost of living and housing in Tenerife: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Santa-Cruz-De-Tenerife

Special Award Benefits

The Universidad de la Laguna (ULL) 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 ULL, including access to digital resources.

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.

Spain

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

To learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards in Spain for 2024-25, please view our archived webinar and slides to hear directly from the Fulbright Commission, IIE staff and U.S. Scholar alums regarding award details, the scholar experience, and application guidance.

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 processes, 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 infrastructure add to the country’s appeal as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Additionally, Spain’s relatively low cost of living makes it very affordable when compared to most other countries in the EU.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Spain has the fifth highest life expectancy among EU countries, at just above 80 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 will love the child-friendly environment. Although the Commission cannot provide assistance with school placements, rest assured that there are many options for high-quality and bilingual education. In Spain there are public schools, private schools (religious and international), and semi-private (concertados).

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, 20 of which are private. 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 many academic and research institutions are closed for all or part of the month.

Additionally, there are various 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 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 student's 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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