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


Candidate profile

Category: This Award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia.

Additional qualification information: Marine biologist.

The successful candidate is expected to help in the identification and characterization of the components of the marine ecosystems that are likely to be affected at an early stage by global changes. Additionally, the successful candidate should understand the responses to global change of each component of the ecosystem, leading to the development of “early-warning” indicators of large-scale ecosystem changes.

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

Disciplines: Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in Environmental Sciences are preferred.

Specializations: Marine Sciences, Ocean Ecology, Ecosystem Modeling.

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


Grant duration and period

Three months, any time during the academic year, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant activity and affiliation

Grant activity: Research

This grant involves scientific collaboration on the modelling of the Portuguese ecosystem dynamics and forecast shifts in the biodiversity or in the ecosystem functioning.

Scientific consultancy on coupled biological-physical modeling, food web dynamics in coastal oceans, phenology and biogeography, biogeochemical cycles and on the food web and energy transfers.

Scientific consultancy to improve the capabilities of the ecosystem monitoring by both new and established tools and approaches for understanding ecosystem health, habitat function, and environmental change, making extensive use of current and past ecological, environmental and socio-economic data.

Grant location: Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA).

Letter of invitation: A letter of invitation is strongly preferred. The invitation letter should describe the grant activity and dates of stay.


Award benefits

Stipend: €8,400.

Travel allowance: €1,100 (for scholar only; includes only flights)

Funding for dependents: €750 for one or two dependents; €1,200 for three or more dependents (must accompany the scholar for at least 80 percent of the grant period).

Health and accidents insurance: Accidents and Sickness Plan for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing allowance: €750/month (to be provided by the host; host does not provide assistance in finding housing).

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

Assistance will be provided by Dr. Antonina dos Santos, at IPMA, telephone: (+351) 213027000, email:



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

For more information about grants for U.S. Scholars in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga (