Fulbright Scholar Award

Spain-Greece Joint Teaching/Research Award

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13472-MC
Activity Type
Research
Teaching
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Artists
Mid-Career Academics
Professionals
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Exactly
1
Award Start Period
September 2023
-
January 2024
Award Length
6 months
-
7 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Multi-country
Greece
Spain
Multi-Country/Area Award
Yes
Multi-Country
2
Disciplines
Archaeology
Architecture
Area Studies, non- U.S.
Art History
Arts
Dance
Drama/Theater
Economics
History, non- U.S.
Literature, non- U.S.
Music
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
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

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

Conducting research and/or collaborating with colleagues at Spanish and Greek academic and research institutions; teaching, preferably at the graduate level; or a combination of both.

Activities may include presenting lectures, seminars and workshops as arranged by host institutions or the Fulbright Commissions.

Spain and Greece share historical and cultural links dating back to ancient times. These include the Sephardic Jewish community of Greece (with its Ladino language and musical traditions), as well as the renowned Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco.  Comparative research projects on Greece and Spain may address current or historical issues, and/or specific fields of study.  History, culture or current social, economic and political issues are some of the areas that might be conducive to a comparative Fulbright approach.

Locations Detail

Spanish and Greek universities, institutions of higher education, cultural or research centers.

Award Length and Period

Maximum of seven months, with a minimum of three months in each country.

September 2023 to June 2024

Areas of Interest

Special consideration will be given to projects related to Greece and Spain: archaeology, classical studies, economics, emigration, history and art history, political science, preservation of cultural heritage, tourism, and the arts.  Projects that are comparative in nature and address issues linking Spain and Greece are encouraged.

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 required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation is required from each host institution in each country.

  • Applicants are required to arrange affiliation(s) in Spain and submit letter(s) of invitation indicating the name and position of the academic adviser with whom the scholar will collaborate, and specifying the teaching program and workload and/or indicating the availability of research resources. The Fulbright Commission in Spain cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions. 
  • Applicants are required to arrange affiliation(s) in Greece and submit letter(s) of invitation indicating name/position of host and details on collaborating organization/institution. The letter(s) should provide information on the project proposed, teaching and/or research to take place and facilities/administrative support available to the scholar. Information about Greek universities can be found at the Fulbright Foundation in Greece website.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Greek or Spanish proficiency is not required as long as it is not necessary to complete the teaching or research project. Some study of Spanish and Greek prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Additional Qualification Information

Open to mid-career and senior scholars in all disciplines at all academic ranks and professional equivalents.

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

Host institutions are encouraged to note direct and in-kind contributions (such as facilities) in the letter of invitation. These contributions help maximize the benefits provided by the Fulbright Program and can serve as a sign of the host institution’s commitment to the particular project.

Award Allowances

Spain: € 3,200 per month (approximately $3,850)

Greece: $2,500 per month

These amounts cover the monthly stipend, housing and living allowances. Scholars accompanied by dependents for at least 80 percent of the grant period in each country will receive the following allowances:

Spain: A monthly dependent allowance of €150 (approximately $165) for one dependent or €300 (approximately $330) for two or more dependents.  

Greece: The base stipend amount will be increased by $150 per accompanying dependent (up to two dependents).

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Spain: A one-time airfare allowance for travel between the USA, Spain, Greece and return flight to the USA: $1,000 for the scholar plus $800 per dependent for up to two dependents. The allowance will be paid by the Spanish Commission once the grant documentation is completed and the grantee has received medical clearance.

Greece: A one-time airfare allowance for travel between the USA, Spain, Greece and return flight to the USA: up to $1,000 for the scholar plus up to $1,000 for one dependent. In addition, Fulbright Greece offers a one-time settling-in allowance of $1,200 and excess luggage allowance up to $200 (for grantee only).

Travel details must first be approved by Fulbright Greece before flights are finalized. Airfare must be round-trip originating and ending in the USA with a connecting flight between Spain and Greece or Greece and Spain (depending on first receiving country). Airfare must be booked in time to span the entire grant period in both countries.  Penalty fee coverage for flight rescheduling is not possible.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Spain: N/A

Greece: Up to $350 (includes local travel for research purposes).

Additional Dependent Benefits

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

Greece: Up to $3,000 for primary and/or secondary private school.

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

Spain: N/A

Greece: Modern Greek Language Lessons allowance of up to $450 (for grantee only).

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.

Countries Overview

Summary

One award is offered jointly by  the Fulbright Commission in Greece and the Fulbright Commission in Spain. Greece and Spain share historical and cultural links dating back to ancient times. These include the Sephardic Jewish community of Greece (with its Ladino language and musical traditions), as well as the renowned Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco.

Spain Overview

The Commission responds to the demand in Spain for visiting professionals by sponsoring U.S. senior lecturers and researchers at host institutions that largely benefit from their experience, different perspectives, training, and educational culture, and has the goal of establishing long-lasting partnerships.

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. Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to both teach (undergraduate and/or graduate students, depending on award) and research at their host institutions, and are often invited to work with faculty on curriculum development. Research groups are usually multicultural and English is predominantly the working language. Research/teaching proposals will be evaluated not only for their excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding and future collaboration between Spain and the United States.

The academic year in Spain broadly runs from September to June, with breaks during the Winter and Spring holidays (approximately December 22-January 8 and coinciding with the weeks surrounding and including the Catholic Holy Week). Research activity continues in July, whereas August is a very quiet month and most institutions are closed.

Language proficiency should be commensurate with the project's scope. Please discuss this point with your host institution in advance, and ask specifically whether a language other than Spanish is widely used in the area (Basque, Catalan, or Galician). Researchers are usually fluent in English, while 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.

For more detailed information about Spain, please see the OECD's Spain profile.

The U.S.- Spain Fulbright Commission provides wide support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues such as the visa process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, it cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions. Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at adviser@fulbright.es or www.fulbright.es.

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.

Greece Overview

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program is an important component of the Fulbright Foundation's mission to bring outstanding scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to Greek institutions of higher learning and state or private organizations in order to promote cultural and educational ties between the two countries through scholarly interaction and collaboration.

Applicants are required to arrange affiliation(s) in Greece and submit letters of invitation indicating name/position of host and details on collaborating organization/institution.   The letter(s) should provide information on the project proposed, teaching and/or research to take place and facilities/administrative support available to the scholar. Information about Greek universities and awards can be found at the Fulbright Foundation in Greece website.  English is sufficient for teaching/lecturing; however, knowledge of Greek is useful.

Facts about Greece and the Greek Educational System are available here

Fulbright Greece website

U.S. Embassy in Greece website

Greece

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program is an important component of the Fulbright Foundation's mission to bring outstanding U.S. scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to Greek institutions of higher learning and state or private organizations in order to promote cultural and educational ties between the two countries through scholarly interaction and collaboration.

Grants are for individuals with a Ph.D. or a terminal degree and three to 10 years or more of appropriate professional experience. Grants are intended for either three months during the fall term (October – December) or three to four months during the spring term (February – June).

Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliation(s) in Greece and submit letters of invitation indicating name/position of host and details on collaborating organization/institution.  English is sufficient for teaching/lecturing; however, knowledge of Greek is useful. Information on Greek universities can be found at the Fulbright Foundation in Greece website

Facts about Greece and the Greek Educational System are available here

Fulbright Greece website

U.S. Embassy in Greece website

Previous Fulbright Recipients

U.S. Fulbrighters to Greece share their testimonies and impact of the Fulbright program Alumni Impact https://www.fulbright.gr/en/alumni/alumni-impact U.S. Alumni Speak https://www.fulbright.gr/en/alumni/us-alumni-speak

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.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

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