Fulbright Scholar Award

Marine Sciences at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13490-SP
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
1
Award Start Period
February 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Spain
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Biology
Environmental Sciences
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
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
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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

Please note that although much of the online information provided on the host institution's website is in Spanish, most faculty in the School of Marine Sciences speak English, and the scholar will only be expected to teach in English. Detailed information about his/her tasks will be provided to candidates in a timely manner and in English after being selected, but candidates can expect to dedicate 50% of their time to teaching and 50% to research.

  1. Teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level:

MARINE SCIENCE

Teaching undergraduate-level courses for third-year students earning their Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences.

The lecturer is expected to teach a course as part of the Bachelor's degree program in Marine Sciences and may be invited to give lectures on different topics related to that field:

  1. Research

The visiting professor will be invited to present his/her research in seminars and to attend research seminars led by the School of Marine Sciences professors. He/she will also have ample opportunity for collaboration with any of the research groups related to the field of Marine Sciences. These are included in the following research institutes and departments: IOCAG (The Institute of Oceanography and Global Change); IUNAT (The Institute of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources); ECOAQUA (The Institute of Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosytems); SIANI (University Institute of Intelligent Systems and Numeric Applications in Engineering); and Physics Department (OFYGA group).

IOCAG 

GAA (Grupo de Algología Aplicada)

GEOGAR

GOB (Grupo de Oceanografía Biológica)

GOF (Grupo de Oceanografía Física)

QUIMA (Grupo de Química Marina)

IUNAT

AQMA (Análisis Químico Medioambiental)

BIRB (Biología Integrativa y Recursos Biológicos)

EMAP (Ecología Marina Aplicada y Pesquerías)

FEAM (Fotocatálisis y Espectroscopia para aplicaciones medioambientales)

FIMATA (Física Marina y Teledetección aplicada)

GEOVOL (Geología de Terrenos Volcánicos)

GIRMA (Interacción Radiación Materia)
 

ECOAQUA
*
(all research groups linked here)

GIA (Grupo de investigación en Acuicultura) 

BIOCON ( Biodiversidad y Conservación)

EOMAR (Ecofisiología de Organismos Marinos)

 

OTHER RESEARCHS GROUPS:

OFYGA (Oceanografía Física y Geofísica Aplicada).

ROC-SIANI (División de Robótica y Oceanografía Computacional)

Locations Detail

School of Marine Sciences, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Edificio de Ciencias Básicas, Campus Universitario de Tafira, 35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development Tides, belonging to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Campus de Tafira, 35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Award Length and Period

Four months

February to May, 2024

Areas of Interest

Marine Sciences: The scholar's expertise should preferably be in physical, chemical, or biological oceanography.

Special Features

The ULPGC sponsors this award and, in addition to financial benefits for the scholar, offers housing advice and, if needed, assistance to find a school for dependent children. A contact will be available to help the scholar adapt to the university.

The Scholar will enjoy all the benefits and rights of a regular faculty member of the ULPGC, including access to all digital resources.

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 ULPGC welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.

Contact: Dr. Jin Taira Alonso, Vice-rector for Internationalization, Mobility and International Projection

Email: v.internacional@ulpgc.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. Most of the faculty of the School of Marine Sciences speak English.

The Canary Islands are a major travel destination for tourists from around Europe, and English is widely spoken as a result. However, while not required, some proficiency in Spanish is recommended for daily life.

Additional Qualification Information

For academic candidates: Associate or Full Professor. Assistant Professors with substantial teaching experience will also be considered.

For professionals: candidates with wide and demonstrated experience in the discipline, as well as contact with teaching, education and/or outreach programs.

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.

Additional Comments

Additional Comments:

Established in 1982, the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the first such school in Spain. The experience gained since its creation, coupled with the strategic location of the Canary Islands, make it a reference center and a model in teaching marine sciences in Spain and Europe.

The School of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs. Specifically, the university offers Bachelor degrees in Marine Science and Master’s degrees in Marine Aquaculture, Coastal Management, Sustainable Management Fisheries, and Oceanography. Additionally, the university offers an expertise course in Coastal and Harbor Engin­eering (in collaboration with the Civil Engineering School and the Port Authority of Las Palmas). The university offers Ph.D. degrees in Coastal Management, Sustainable Management of Fisheries, and Oceanography.

The involvement of the faculty of the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in research, development and innovation is outstanding. Journals focusing on the impact of marine sciences in Spain list the faculty to be among the top ten centers in the country, at levels comparable to the National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). 

The faculty of the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria develop their research work through a variety of groups, including Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology; Applied Marine Physics and Remote Sensing; Observation and Modelling of Geophysical Phenomena and Marine Processes (with research areas focusing on Mixing and Boundary Layer, Ocean Circulation and Coastal Upwelling, Applied Geophysics, Circulation and Coastal and Estuarine Pollution); Biologic­al Oceanography; and Physical Ocean­ography and Satellite Ocean­ography (with the research areas: Marine and Coastal Meteorology Physics Applied, Applied Remote Sensing).

 

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 will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Allowances

€3,200 (approximately $3,850) 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 $165) for one dependent or €300 (approximately $330) for two or more dependents.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel and relocation allowance for scholars: €1,285 (approximately $1,400). Authorized dependents' travel allowance: €735 (approximately $800 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. If needed, the ULPGC will provide assistance to find a school for dependent children.

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.

Estimated Cost of Living

For information about the cost of living in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, see: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Las-Palmas.

Spain

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Summary

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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