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CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Research.

Award Activity: The selected scholar will 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 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


  • Environmental Sciences;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Computer Science;
  • Data and Information Sciences;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physical Oceanography;
  • Aerospace Engineering

Areas of Interest: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 Atlantic International Research Centre (AD AIR Centre), 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.

Lisbon and Terceira Island, Azores Archipelago, Portugal.

Length: Four to Six months

Period: Award dates must be agreed between the candidate and the host institution. Grant dates are flexible: preferred starting month is March 2024, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2024.




Degree: Candidates must have completed a Ph.D., or other terminal degree.

Career: Mid-Career Academics, Professionals, Senior Academics.

Language Proficiency: All activity will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required.



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



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.


Letter of Invitation: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.

Additional Information: Assistance will be provided by Dr. Emir Sirage, Chief Operations Officer, E-mail: emir.sirage@aircentre.org, Telephone: (+351) 910 971 031.




A monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168), in a total of:

  • €11,200 (approx. $12,672) for 4-month grants.


  • €14,400 (approx. $15,840) for 5-month grants;


  • €16,800 (approx. $19,008) for 6-month grants.

Award allowance is paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



travel allowance of €1,100 (approx. $1,245), to be paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



Funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

Maintenance allowance: monthly allowance of €250 (approx. $283) per dependent, to be paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant;

Travel allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,245), per dependent, to be paid on the first month of the grant (roundtrip travel receipts are mandatory);

Tuition allowance: monthly tuition allowance of €500 (approx. $566) per dependent, when attending a private school, to be paid in a lump sum on the final month of the grant (monthly receipts are mandatory);

Portuguese study allowance: €300 (approx. $339) per dependent, when attending private Portuguese language and culture classes, to be paid on the final month of the grant (receipt is mandatory).

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



The host (with FCT support) will contribute with a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $849) or provide housing in an apartment or residence for scholars.

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

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)




Number of Grants: One grant to Award.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:  Award #13567-PO – https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-space-atmosphere-ocean-climate-energy-and-data-science-air-centre-2

Deadline: September 15, 2022.

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.



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