Fulbright Scholar Award

International Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration and Leadership at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2023
January 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
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 of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution

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

1.Teaching activity (up to 60% of grant activity).

1.1 Entreperneurship and Innovation training programs:

Teaching at the Master's level:

Under the umbrella of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Training (EIT) Programs, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is currently participating in four Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): Digital, Raw Materials, e-Health, and Climate.

All UPM Master’s programs aim to build a strong entrepreneurial education brand via a disruptive and systemic change to European higher education that will attract top global talent to Europe.

The Scholar will participate teaching the module of “Innovation and entrepreneurship” (6 ECTS per Master's).

Other Master’s programs may have introduced this topic, and the Lecturer may be invited to participate. Additionally, seminars of interest may be organized under the umbrella of the Business School.

The Lecturer will have the opportunity to deliver some guest lectures for courses pertaining to the Master’s degrees in his or her area of expertise and/or seminars for Ph.D. students.

  1. Leadership and Business training programs:

Teaching undergraduate and Master-level courses:

UPM believes in the importance of improving engineers’ leadership skills, with an emphasis on strategic leadership and business acumen.

Specific teaching assignments will be agreed upon between the university and the Lecturer, with a particular focus on the following subjects:

Understanding customer needs

Strategic analysis of business decisions

Business development

Organizational change

Leadership styles.

Leadership skills: self awareness, emotional intelligence, team building, conflict management, negotiation, communication skills.

Agile organizations.


All subjects will be taught in undergraduate and Master’s programs or executive education under the umbrella of the Leadership and Technology Center at UPM.

The Lecturer will have the opportunity to teach some guest lectures for courses pertaining to the Master’s degrees in his or her area of expertise and/or seminars for Ph.D. students.

  1. Research (up to 40% of grant activity)

The Lecturer will be invited to present his or her research in seminars and to attend research seminars led by UPM’s professors. It is expected that the Lecturer will have opportunities for research collaboration with UPM faculty.

As the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between US citizens and citizens from other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation, the Lecturer will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities.

Locations Detail

Leadership and Technology Center/ CAIT

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Paseo de Juan XXIII nº11 (28040 Madrid)

Award Length and Period

September to December, 2023, or mid-January to mid-May, 2024

Areas of Interest
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
Special Features

UPM sponsors this award and, in addition to financial benefits, offers logistical assistance in finding housing and school(s) for dependent children, if necessary. A contact will be available to help the scholar adapt to the university.

The Scholar will be granted access to all digital resources available at UPM.

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

The UPM welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.

Contact: Full Prof. Luis Salgado. Position: UPM Director for North America

E-mail: delegacion.norteamerica@upm.es

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

Classes will be taught in English, and the Lecturer should expect students to complete all their written and oral assignments in that language.

Some proficiency in Spanish is recommended for daily life. Madrid, where the UPM is located, is the capital city of Spain. Nevertheless, English is not widely spoken, especially among middle-aged and older people.

Additional Qualification Information

Rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Additional Comments

Additional Comments:

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) was founded in 1971 through the integration of the Higher Technical Schools, which until that time had been part of the Higher Technical Institutes. The University Schools joined the following year. Fourteen technical schools make up the University, with 56 academic departments and 18 research centers.

Currently it is the largest public technological university in Spain, with more than 40,000 students (Undergraduate, Master and Ph.D. level), more than 3,000 faculty members, 2,000 administrative staff, and 800 researchers.

As set out in its statutes, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid strives for the creation, development, transmission and criticism of science, technology, and culture. To this end, its Institutes and Research Centers are adapting to the changes taking place in our society, while also maintaining the University’s commitment to excellence, which is why it enjoys national and international recognition.

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid holds dual recognition as a Campus of International Excellence, a distinction that refers to the quality of its research and teaching initiatives.

Award Allowances

Direct grant benefits (stipend, travel and relocation allowances) are provided by the host institution, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

€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.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel and relocation allowance for scholars: $1,400 (approximately €1,165). Authorized dependents' travel allowance: $800 (approximately €665 per person for up to two dependents).

Additional Dependent Benefits

No tuition allowance will be provided. Both public and private schools in Spain have bilingual or English language instruction available. The UPM 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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?


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.

Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at informacion@fulbright.es or www.fulbright.es.

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