Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright Award in Law and Sustainability / NOVA School of Law

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13640-PO
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
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

Exactly
1
Award Start Period
September 2023
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Portugal
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Economics
Environmental Sciences
History, non- U.S.
Information Sciences/Systems
International Relations
Law
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Sociology
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
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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 recipient of this award is expected to carry out teaching and research activities within the topic of Law and Sustainability, as further detailed below.

Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are a good fit to one or more of NOVA School of Law’s sustainability related knowledge centers (https://novalaw.unl.pt/en/knowledge-centres/):

  • NOVA Green Lab;
  • NOVA Ocean;
  • NOVA Business, Human Rights and the Environment;
  • NOVA Refugee Clinic;
  • NOVA Data-Driven Law.

Scholars selected for this Award will be required to:

  • Teach one graduate course in Legal English (24h teaching) and/or one/two graduate courses in Law and Sustainability (24h teaching);
  • Conduct a research project within the host institution’s ;research and development unit relevant to one or more of the host institution’s knowledge centers;
  • Take part in one or more conferences and/or seminars aimed at doctoral students to discuss ongoing research;
  • Advise and/or mentor master’s and/or doctoral students;
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development.
Locations
Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail
Award Length and Period

4 months.

Preferred starting month is September, 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 with a legal background or, for those with no legal background, those with an interest in inter, multi or cross disciplinary research involving legal systems. There is particular interest in scholars who, in their respective fields, carry out research which is focused on meeting at least one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone by 2030.

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 Comments

Assistance will be provided by Ms. Rita Jordão of the Mobility and Internationalization Support Office, Email: mobility@novalaw.unl.pt, Telephone: +351 21 384 74 37.

Candidates can seek further information with Prof. Margarida Lima Rego, Vice-Dean for Internationalization (Email: margarida.limarego@novalaw.unl.pt).

Award Allowances

Award allowance is of €11,200 (approx. $12,672), which corresponds to a monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168).

Award allowance is paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

A travel allowance of €1,100 (approx. $1,245), to be paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

Additional Dependent Benefits

Funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

  • Maintenance allowance: monthly allowance of €250 (approx. $283) per dependent, to be paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant;
  • Travel allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,245), per dependent, to be paid on the first month of the grant (roundtrip travel receipts are mandatory);
  • Tuition allowance: monthly tuition allowance of €500 (approx. $566) per dependent, when attending a private school, to be paid in a lump sum on the final month of the grant (monthly receipts are mandatory);
  • Portuguese study allowance: €300 (approx. $339) per dependent, when attending private Portuguese language and culture classes, to be paid on the final month of the grant (receipt is mandatory).

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

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.

Special Award Benefits

The host will contribute with a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $849) and will provide assistance in finding housing. 

The host institution will provide computer facilities, laboratorial space, internet access and e-mail, office space and secretarial assistance.

Grantee and dependents can access host institution’s library, Wi-Fi, free attendance of welcome events, conferences and other academic events, upon request.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)

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.

Portugal

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), prior to submitting an application. 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.

Visas:
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/.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.