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CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Research.

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 of 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.

Scholars selected for this Awards can choose 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

Disciplines: Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered:

  • Agriculture
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Information Sciences/Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics


  • Aerospace Engineering;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Computer Science;
  • Data and Information Sciences;
  • Ecology;
  • Environmental Biology;
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mathematics;
  • Natural Resources;
  • Oceanography;
  • Physical Oceanography;
  • Water Resources

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


Location: Associação para o Desenvolvimento do AIR Centre (Atlantic International Research Centre), Lisbon and Terceira Island (Azores Archipelago), 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.

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

Period: Preferred starting month is March, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2025.




Citizenship/Residency Requirement: Applicants residing in Portugal at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of Portugal are not eligible to apply for this award.

Invitation Requirement: A 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.

Degree Requirements: Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required

Career Profile: Early Career Academics, Mid-Career Academics, Professionals, Senior Academics

Language Proficiency Requirements: None, English is sufficient.


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 products

Additional Comments: Candidates can seek further information to the AIR Centre’s Chief Executive Officer Emir Sirageemir.sirage@aircentre.org, Telephone: (+351) 910 971 031.

Assistance will be provided by AIR Centre’s CEO, Emir Sirage (emir.sirage@aircentre.org) and Alexandra Frazão, Executive Secretary, to alexandra.frazao@aircentre.org, telephone: (+351) +351 21 723 10 62.

For additional information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, U.S. Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt



Grant Stipend: Monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $2,927), in a total between €11,200 (approx. $11,708) for 4-month grants and €16,800 (approx. $17,563) for 6-month grants.

Housing allowance: Monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $784), in a total between €3,000 (approx. $3,136) for 4-month grants and €4,500 (approx. $4,704) for 6-month grants.

Award allowances are paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

Travel Allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,150), for grantees only. Travel allowance is paid on the first month of the grant.


The Fulbright Commission offers funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entirety of the grant period.

Amounts are determined prior to the start of the academic year, according to availability of funds.


An estimate of the cost of living in Portugal can be found on websites such as https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living.

Estimated monthly costs can range from €500 ($522, for one person) to €2,000 ($2,090, for a family of four), without rent.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2022)


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




Number of Grants: One grant to Award.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: 24262-PT – Fulbright Award in Space, Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, Energy and Data Science / AIR Centre

Deadline: September 15, 2023.

Additional Information: For more information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, US Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt.