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.

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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 only.

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

Disciplines: Only applications in Law will be considered.

Specializations: Private Law; Public Law.

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 would start in November 2020, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant Activity and Affiliation

Grant Activity: Teaching / Research.

The recipient of the grant will be expected to teach the course “Free Seminars” to the LL.M. in European and Transglobal Business Law, giving a United States’ Law perspective. An average of 15 students is enrolled in this course every year.

This course aims to offer students the possibility of having a state-of-the-art view of several subjects on private law and public law, such as Contract Law, Torts Law, Conflicts of Law and Jurisdiction, Law and New Technologies, Consumer Law, WTO Law, US Tax Law, International Law, Banking Law, Legal Theory, Fashion Law, Food Law, Maritime Law, Criminal Law, Real State Law, Water Law, Environmental Law.

The course can be tailor-made according to the recipient research interests.

Furthermore, the candidate is to engage in the research activities of the Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov). JusGov is dedicated to advancing research and scholarship in law by pursuing an innovative research programme 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 in meeting contemporary societal challenges such as those identified by UN2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; JusGov is focused in particular on 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.

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

Grant Location: Universidade do Minho, Escola de Direito, Braga, Portugal.

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 will provide a monthly housing allowance of €750. The host also provides 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 Professor Anabela Gonçalves, Vice Dean of the School of Law, email:, telephone: +00351 253601800.

Candidates can also contact the following faculty, for additional information about the School of Law, grant activity and sought candidate profile:

Prof. Clara

Prof. João Sérgio



Number of Grants: One Grant.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:

For more information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, US Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal,