Epidemiology and Public Health at the Universidad de Murcia
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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.
Research in projects/grants carried out by the research group and advise and/or mentor graduate students. Our research group currently has active collaborations with universities in the United States, such as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Prof. Jorge E. Chavarro) or the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Prof. Shanna H. Swan).
- Research areas include: epidemiology, reproductive health epidemiology, hospital epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, and mental health epidemiology.
Complete degree contents can be found (in Spanish) at this link.
Medical School, University of Murcia
Mid-September to mid-December 2023/Mid-January to May (Fall semester awards cannot end any later than December 20, 2023 due to the holiday schedule in Spain).
- Public Health
- Human Reproduction
- Mental health
The professor's expertise should preferably be in epidemiology, biostatistics, reproductive health epidemiology, mental health epidemiology or hospital epidemiology.
The 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.
The host institution welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.
Contact: Prof. Alberto Torres Cantero, Department of Health and Social Sciences
Knowledge of Spanish is not required However, some proficiency in Spanish is recommended for daily life. The city of Murcia, where the university is located, is in the southeast 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.
Rank of Assistant, Associate or Full professor with substantial research experience.
Please note that candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship or currently residing in Spain are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Spain.
Direct grant benefits (stipend, travel and relocation allowances) are provided by the host institution, the Universidad de Murcia (UM).
€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 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.
There is a tramway route and a dense network of local buses connecting the city center and the metropolitan areas and fares are reasonable. Flats and houses for rent are widely available in Murcia and are affordable to Fulbright scholars. The average cost of general living expenses in the Murcia region is lower than in other parts of Spain. See the following websites for more information on the cost of living and housing in Murcia: https://housinganywhere.com/Murcia--Spain/cost-of-living; https://www.murciaturistica.es/en/home/
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.
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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