Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright Award in Space, Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, Energy and Data Science / AIR Centre

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13567-PO
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
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.
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

Exactly
1
Award Start Period
March 2024
Award Length
4 months
-
6 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Portugal
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Agriculture
Astronomy
Biology
Computer Science
Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Geology
Information Sciences/Systems
Mathematics
Oceanography
Physics
Statistics
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
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

Support the development of the mission-oriented approach of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) in the context of the disciplines identified in scope of the Atlantic Interactions initiative:

  • Marine resources and biodiversity;
  • Healthy and clean oceans;
  • Earth Observation from deep ocean to near space;
  • Mitigation and adaptation to climate change;
  • Sustainable energy systems;
  • Data science,

with focus on innovation in multi-national collaborative networks and creative approaches to the transatlantic cooperation to improve the understanding of the ocean and coastal systems as a whole.

The activity will involve the identification of relevant players from science, industry and administration in the USA and the countries associated with the AIR Centre and the promotion of workshops and meetings to develop the research agenda and identify research projects, new services and products and business opportunities.

 

Locations
Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Associação para o Desenvolvimento do Atlantic International Research Centre (AD AIR Centre), Portugal.

The activity will take place at the  AD AIR Centre Office in Lisbon and AD AIR Centre HQ and Earth Observation Laboratory located in the Science and Technology Park–Terinov in Terceira Island, Azores.

Lisbon and Terceira Island, Azores Archipelago, Portugal.

Award Length and Period

Four to six months, to be agreed between host and candidate.

Grant dates are flexible: preferred starting month is March 2023, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Areas of Interest

Specializations:

  • Environmental Sciences;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Computer Science;
  • Data and Information Sciences;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physical Oceanography;
  • Aerospace Engineering.

While this award is open to any project in the Disciplines and Specializations listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas: 

  • Clean and productive bays and estuaries
  • Resilience to coastal natural hazards
  • Sustainable food production (fisheries, aquaculture and precision / smart agriculture) 
  • Improved management of marine and coastal resources
  • Improved environmental and maritime monitoring
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

Priority areas of experience/capacity are: 

  • Multinational distributed collaborative networks;
  • Innovative / creative approaches to transatlantic cooperation for improving the understanding of the Ocean and Coastal systems (with a focus in the Atlantic). 

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but the following technical disciplines as academic / technical background are preferred: 

  • Integration of satellite data and in-situ observations into assimilative models 
  • Articial Intelligence and Deep Learning applied to Earth Observation
  • Earth Observation in support of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 
  • Development of Earth Observation concepts and prototypes for operational services and produtcs
Additional Comments

Assistance will be provided by Dr. Emir Sirage, Chief Operations Officer, E-mail: emir.sirage@aircentre.org, Telephone: (+351) 910 971 031.

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168), in a total of: 

  • €11,200 (approx. $12,672) for 4-month grants.

OR 

  • €14,400 (approx. $15,840) for 5-month grants;

OR

  • €16,800 (approx. $19,008) for 6-month grants.

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 (with FCT support) will contribute with a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $849) or provide housing in an apartment or residence for scholars.

The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space, access to laboratory facilities and transportation.

(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.