Fulbright Scholar Award

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Universidad de Murcia

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13010-SP
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
1
Award Start Period
September 2023
Award Length
3 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Spain
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Linguistics
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
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

Please note that the online information about the courses on the host institution website is in Spanish and, although many faculty members teaching at the MA speak English, the scholar will be expected to teach in Spanish (this also applies to modules with contents which focus on other languages). Detailed information will be provided to after selection.

Teaching at the postgraduate level:

  • The visiting professor will teach a maximum of two courses, with a maximum total of 25 students in each course. Each course consists of 14 teaching hours in the classroom, divided up between lectures and discussion. The selected scholar must have sufficient language proficiency to teach in Spanish.
  • Teach some of the required courses on the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Master’s Program, in the areas of theoretical linguistics, synchronic language description, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, applied linguistics and specialized languages. Syllabi are already developed.
  • Assist with the supervision of doctoral students on the use of linguistic methods in their research projects; these students will mainly be enrolled in the linguistics program.
  • Assist with the supervision of graduate students on the use of linguistic methods in their Master’s dissertations.
  • The students of the MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics have different language backgrounds.
  • The lecturer should expect students to complete the written and oral assignments in Spanish only. Some bibliography may be provided in English, if necessary, but this should be reduced to a minimum.

Complete degree contents (in Spanish): MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics website

Research:

  • Complete high-quality research in their field of expertise, ideally in collaboration with University of Murcia staff.
  • Collaborate with the Faculty’s relevant research group(s) and contribute to ongoing projects as an advisor.
Locations Detail

Faculty of Arts, University of Murcia, C/ Santo Cristo, 1 - 30001, Murcia, Spain

Award Length and Period

Mid-September to mid-December 2023. (Awards cannot end any later than December 20 due to the holiday schedule in Spain). Fall semester classes begin around mid-September and end around December 20, 2023.

Areas of Interest
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Synchronic language description
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research in specialized languages
Special Features

The Universidad of Murcia (UM) sponsors this award and, in addition to financial benefits, offers advice to find housing and if necessary, a school for dependent children. A contact will be available to help the professor adapt to the university. 

The scholar will enjoy all the benefits and rights of a regular faculty member of the UM, 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 host institution welcomes scholars to seek more detailed information.

Contact: 

Dr. David Prieto García-Seco

Departamento de Lengua Española y Lingüística General
Facultad de Letras
Universidad de Murcia
C/ Santo Cristo, 1
30001 Murcia (Spain)

Email: davidprieto@um.es

Language Proficiency Requirements
Required
Qualified Language Eval Required

Applicants must register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Advanced
Required Languages
Spanish
Additional Language Requirement

 

 

Additional Qualification Information

Open to academics only with a Ph.D. in Theoretical or Applied Linguistics.

Rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor with substantial teaching experience.

Applicants must be able to teach in Spanish.

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

Classes will be taught entirely in Spanish (nevertheless, there are modules which cover contents related to other languages, including English, and which make extensive use of teaching material in those languages). Consequently, an advanced level of Spanish is required. Spanish will also be the language of communication with the MA coordinator.

Award Allowances

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

€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 €1237)
Authorized dependents' travel allowance: $800 (approximately €705 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 UM 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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Classes are taught on a campus (La Merced) located in the heart of the city. Transportation is not needed if you live in or near the city center. There is a tramway route and a dense network of local buses connecting the city center and the metropolitan areas. Fares are reasonable. Flats and houses for rent are widely available in Murcia and are affordable to Fulbright scholars. The average cost of general living expenses in the Murcia region is lower than in other parts of Spain. See the following websites for more information on the cost of living and housing in Murcia: https://housinganywhere.com/Murcia--Spain/cost-of-living; https://www.murciaturistica.es/en/home/

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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