Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright Award in Computer Science / Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
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.
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

Award Start Period
October 2025
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
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
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Activity

The recipient of this Award is expected to give lectures and teach seminars and subject modules in the field of Computer Sciences, with a total workload of 192 hours to Bachelor's and Master's students of Computer Engineering and Informatics.


Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Award Length and Period

Four months.

Preferred starting month is October, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in Scholars from any of these particular areas:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter 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

Letter of Invitation is optional.

If applicants can obtain the letter of invitation, the letter of invitation must express the host's interest in the project and describe the proposed activities and timeline for the project; it must be written in English and printed on institutional letterhead.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Qualification Information

Additional qualifications include superior academic qualifications (PhD), research activities (publications, communications and conferences) and a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience.

Additional Comments

Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, School of Technology and Management, Department of Technologies - Faculty 

Department Coordinator: João Luís de Miranda
Deputy Coordinator: Luís Manuel Tremoceiro Baptista

Assistance will be provided by Professor Maria José D'Ascenção, Polytechnic Institute's Pro-President for Internationalization and Institutional Cooperation, at email: mariajma@ipportalegre.pt, or telephone: (+351) 245 301 500.

Candidates can seek further information about the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre  (IPPortalegre) at https://www.ipportalegre.pt/ and about the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) at https://estg.ipportalegre.pt/pt/.

For additional information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, U.S. Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt

Award Allowances

Grant stipend of €11.200 (approx. $12,180), which corresponds to a monthly stipend of €2.800 (approx. $3,045).

Award allowances are paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2023)

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel and Relocation Allowance of €1.100 (approx. $1,196).

Travel allowance is paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2023)

Do you offer additional dependent benefits

The Fulbright Commission offers funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entirety of the grant period.

Amounts are determined prior to the start of the academic year, according to availability of funds.

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated monthly costs can range from $500 (for one person) to $2,000 (for a family of four) without rent. 

Portugal offers an excellent public schooling system with a wide range of public (free, from nursery to 12th grade) and private (national and international) schools.

Foreign citizens with a valid visa can access the National Health Care Service (SNS), which is high-quality and reasonably priced: an emergency appointment at a public hospital costs approximately $25, and a medical specialty at a private hospital costs approximately $100.

Special Award Benefits

The host institution provides housing accommodation in a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment in Portalegre. 

The host also provides computer facilities, internet access, and office space.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities of Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international scholars and researchers. Warm hospitality, a great climate and an affordable lifestyle also make Portugal an enticing destination.

The academic year starts in mid-September or October, depending on the higher education institution. The fall semester ends in December and the spring semester starts in February and ends in May or June. In general, Portuguese faculty and students have good proficiency of English language; students can speak and understand enough to attend classes taught in English. 

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal - Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.

Applicants requiring additional information and support are encouraged to contact U.S. Program Manager, Dora Reis Arenga (darenga@fulbright.pt), before applying. Additional information regarding host institutions and details of the individual openings are available from IIE and the Fulbright Commission Portugal (www.fulbright.pt), in Lisbon. Please view the Webinar “US Scholar Awards to Portugal 2025/26” for more information about current opportunities.

Fulbright U.S. grantees are responsible for obtaining a Temporary Stay Visa to Portugal. The Commission can provide informal assistance but the Portuguese Embassy and Consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues. Grantees should carefully look into visa information and start the visa application well in advance of travel.

For additional information about National Temporary Stay Visas or the Portuguese Republic's Consular Network in the U.S.A, visit the Diplomatic Portal.


Previous Fulbright Recipients

Prospective applicants can find information about Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni on the Commission's website: https://www.fulbright.pt/fulbrighters/u-s-grantees/.