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CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Teaching / Research.

Award Activity: The recipient of this Award is expected to give lectures and teach seminars and subject modules in the field of Computer Sciences, with a total workload of 192 hours to Bachelor’s and Master’s students of Computer Engineering and Informatics.
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
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

Disciplines: Computer Science, Information Sciences/Systems

Areas of Interest: While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in Scholars from any of these particular areas:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Networking
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning


Location: Polytechnic Institute of PortalegreSchool of Technology and Management, Department of Technologies, Portalegre, Portugal

Length: Four months.

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




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:Mid-Career Academics, Senior Academics

Language Proficiency Requirements: None, English is sufficient.

Additional Qualification Information: Additional qualifications include superior academic qualifications (PhD), research activities (publications, communications and conferences) and a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience.

Additional Comments: Assistance will be provided by Professor Maria José D’Ascenção, Polytechnic Institute’s Pro-President for Internationalization and Institutional Cooperation, at email: mariajma@ipportalegre.pt, or telephone: (+351) 245 301 500.

Candidates can seek further information about the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre  (IPPortalegre) at https://www.ipportalegre.pt/ and about the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) at https://estg.ipportalegre.pt/pt/.

Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, School of Technology and Management, Department of Technologies – Faculty 

Department Coordinator: João Luís de Miranda
Deputy Coordinator: Luís Manuel Tremoceiro Baptista




Grant Stipend: €11,200 (approx. $11,708), which corresponds to a monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $2,927). 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 housing accommodation in a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment in Portalegre.

The host also provides computer facilities, internet access and office space.



Number of Grants: One Grant to Award.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:  Award # 24601-PT – Fulbright Award in Computer Science / Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre

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.