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.

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

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

  • Criminology
  • Law

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:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Diversity and Inclusion

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


Grant Duration and Dates

Grant Duration: Three Months.

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


Award Requirements

Grant Activity: Teaching / Research

The recipient of the grant is expected to engage both in teaching (40%) and in research projects (60%).

As far as the teaching component is concerned, the candidate will be expected to teach some “Free Seminars” in the PhD and in the Masters Degrees of the School of Law, either specifically (depending on the discipline and area of specialization) or transversally, offering Seminars or Open Classes that can be attended by students of different Masters.

The School of Law offers 10 distinctive Master Programs: LL.M. in European and Transglobal Business Law, Master’s in Human Rights, Master’s in Judiciary Law, Master’s in Administrative Law, Master’s in Law and Informatics, Master’s in Contract and Company law, Master’s in Tax Law, Master’s in Children, Family and Inheritance Law, Master’s in European Law and Master’s in Criminal Sciences (Criminal Justice and Criminology). These seminars and classes can be designed according to the candidate’s discipline and specialization, in order to better accommodate his/her area of interest.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to engage in the research activities of the Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov), JusGov is dedicated to advance research and scholarship in Law and Criminology by pursuing an innovative research program and by delivering high quality training for both master and doctoral students.

As part of its mission, JusGov seeks to explore the role of Law and Criminology in meeting contemporary societal challenges such as those identified by UN2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in particular the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies, the achievement of gender equality, the provision of access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

In this context, it is expected that the candidate lends his/her support to the project(s) developed by the Centre in the referred areas – it is possible to adapt the conctrete choice of the project or line of investigation to the specific interests of the candidate.

The grant recipient should be able to organize and teach 3 thematic workshops (10 hours each) under the JusGov’s research scope, aimed at early-stage researchers.

Scholars Selected for this Award 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
  • Participate in a two-week group seminar
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

Grant Location: University of MinhoSchool of Law, Braga, Portugal

Letter of Invitation: A letter of invitation is optional. If applicants can obtain the letter of invitation, the invitation letter should describe the grant activity and proposed timeline.


Award Benefits

Stipend: The Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment maintenance allowance of  €8,400 (corresponding to 3 monthly allowances of €2,800).

Travel and Relocation Allowance: 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).

Funding for 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 and monthly receipts are 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 Allowance: The host will contribute with €750/month for housing expenses and will provide assistance in finding housing.

Other: The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space and secretarial assistance.

Assistance will be provided by Flávia Noversa Loureiro, Vice-Dean of the School of Law, email: flavianl@direito.uminho.pt, telephone: (+351) 253 601 845.



Number of Grants: One Grant.

ApplicationsApplications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-law-and-criminology-university-minho

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.


Additional Online Resources

Escola de Direito da Universidade do Minho / University of Minho School of Law

School of Law – International

Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov)