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CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Research.

The selected scholar will participate in scientific consultancy and collaboration with the host in order to delineate research strategies, define and prioritize actions towards the improvement of on-going projects and research areas, and/or the initiation of new lines or research.

Scholars selected for this award shall conduct a research project of interest of the applicant and the host institution(s).

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
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Participate in a two-week group seminar

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

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Areas of Interest: Projects in any of the selected disciplines will be accepted, however preference goes to projects foreseeing themes that imply a transversal approach (using some of these disciplines).

Areas of interest for this specific application include:

  • Marine protected areas management;
  • Coastal Areas management;



Location: Applicant may propose an appropriate host.

Coordinating institution is Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Algés, Lisbon, Portugal

Projects can involve IPMA and other Institutions, such as Ocean Science Research Centers, Economic or Social oriented Institutions/ Faculties in Portugal.

Length: Three months or Four months or Five months or Six months

Period: Award dates must be agreed between the candidate and the host institution. Grants can begin anytime during the academic year, between September 2023 and May 2024.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2024.




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

Career: Mid-Career Academics, Professionals, Senior Academics.

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


Letter of Invitation: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.

Additional Information: Questions about qualifications, profiles sought and requests for letters of invitation can be addressed to Dr. Fatima Abrantes, email: fatima.abrantes@ipma.pt, telephone: (+351) 213 027 000


Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award. Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.




A monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168), in a total of:

  • €8,400 (approx. $9,504) for 3-month grants;
  • €11,200 (approx. $12,672) for 4-month grants;
  • €14,000 (approx.. $15,840) for 5-month grants;
  • €16,800 (approx.. $19,008) for 6-month grants.

Award allowance is paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



A travel allowance of €1,100 (approx. $1,245), to be paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



Funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

Maintenance allowance: monthly allowance of €250 (approx. $283) per dependent, to be paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant;

Travel allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,245), per dependent, to be paid on the first month of the grant (roundtrip travel receipts are mandatory);

Tuition allowance: monthly tuition allowance of €500 (approx. $566) per dependent, when attending a private school, to be paid in a lump sum on the final month of the grant (monthly receipts are mandatory);

Portuguese study allowance: €300 (approx. $339) per dependent, when attending private Portuguese language and culture classes, to be paid on the final month of the grant (receipt is mandatory).

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



The host will contribute with a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $849). The host does not provide assistance in finding housing.

The host institution provides computer facilities, internet access and email, office space and secretarial assistance. The host will also provide access to laboratories and existing equipment.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)




Number of Grants: One grant.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: Award #13570-PO – https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-atlantic-future-ipma-portuguese-institute-sea-and-atmosphere

Deadline: September 15, 2022.

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.



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