The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees can research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers.

To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.

The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal – Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.

 

Candidate Profile

Category: U.S. Scholar Program.

This award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia.

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

Disciplines: Please see Specializations below.

Specializations: Ocean Science and Technology; Sustainable Energy for Islands and Isolated Communities; Climate Change Mitigation in Islands and Coastal Areas; Earth Observation and other satellite applications; Data science.

Additional Qualification Information:

  • Priority areas of experience/capacity are: Multi-national distributed collaborative networks; Innovative/creative approaches to transatlantic cooperation for improving the understanding of the ocean and coastal systems.
  • 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; Artificial Intelligence applied to Earth Observation; Earth Observation in support of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Development of Earth Observation operational services and produtcs

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

 

Grant Duration and Period

Grant Duration: Three months.

Grant Period: Grant dates are flexible; preferred starting month is March, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

 

Grant Activity and Affiliation

Grant Activity: Research

Support the development of the research agenda 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, with special focus on the Azores, and the promotion of workshops and meetings to develop the research agenda and identify research projects, new services and products and business opportunities.

Grant Location: Associação para o Desenvolvimento do Atlantic International Research Centre (AD AIR Centre), Portugal

The activity will take place mainly at the AD AIR Centre office in Lisbon, but will imply frequent visits to the headquarters of the AD AIR Centre in Praia da Vitória, Azores

Letter of Invitation: A letter of invitation is optional. Any invitation letter should describe the grant activity and proposed timeline.

 

Award Benefits

Stipend: Maintenance allowance of €8,400 (corresponding to 3 monthly allowances of €2,800);

Travel: The Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment travel allowance, intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal:

  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for scholar;
  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for each dependent travelling with the scholar (round trip travel receipts are mandatory).

Dependents: The Fulbright Commission offers additional funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

  • A monthly maintenance allowance of €250 per dependent;
  • A monthly tuition allowance of €500 per child, when attending a private school (proof of enrollment is mandatory);
  • A one-time payment allowance of €300 per dependent, to cover for Portuguese language and culture classes (proof of enrollment is mandatory).

Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing: The host institution (with FCT support) will provide a monthly housing allowance of €750, or will provide housing in an apartment or residence for scholars.

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

Assistance will be provided by Mr. Emir Sirage, Telephone: (+351) 910 971 031, E-mail: emir.sirage@aircentre.org.

 

Applications

Number of Grants: One Grant.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-space-atmosphere-ocean-climate-energy-and-data-science-air-centre-0

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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