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.


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.





U.S. Scholar Program.



Award Activity:

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 ongoing 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).

The selected scholar can also conduct/participate in research projects of common interest of both IPMA and his/her affiliation in the United States.

Scholars selected for this Awards can choose to:

  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • 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


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 interdisciplinary approach (using some of these disciplines).

It is a research focused in marine species dynamics modelling under a multispecies framework and by including environmental indicators.




Applicant may propose an appropriate host.

Coordinating Institution:

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.


Three to Six months.


Award dates must be approved by the Portuguese host institution. Grants can begin anytime during the academic year, between September 2024 and May 2025.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2026.




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.

Follow this link for guidance on seeking Letters of Invitation and developing contacts abroad.

Degree Requirements:

Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required

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

Language Proficiency Requirements:

None, English is sufficient.



IPMA – Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere’s Research Areas:

Questions about qualifications, profiles sought and requests for letters of invitation can be addressed to Dr. Fátima Abrantes, email:, telephone: (+351) 213 027 000 and to Dr. Conceição Santos, email:, telephone: (+351) 218 447 018.

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




Monthly stipend of €2.800 (approx. $3,045), in a total between €8.400 (approx. $9,135) for 3-month grants and €16.800 (approx. $18,270) for 6-month grants.

Monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $816), in a total between €2.250 (approx. $2,447) for 3-month grants and €4.500 (approx. $4,894) for 6-month grants.

Award allowances are paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2023)



Travel allowance of €1.100 (approx. $1,196).

Travel allowance is paid on the first month of the grant.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2023)



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.


The host institution provides computer facilities, internet access and email, office space and secretarial assistance. Additionally, IPMA provides access to laboratories and equipment.



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.



Rents are higher in larger metropolitan areas such as Lisbon and Porto: a two-room apartment in central Lisbon costs an average of $1,500/month. Grantees are responsible for finding their housing but are encouraged to contact their hosts and the institution’s international relations/mobility office for assistance in finding housing. The Commission can also provide a list of resources and websites for house searching in Portugal and informal advice concerning housing in Lisbon (average prices per location, safe neighborhoods).

Portugal offers an excellent public schooling system with a wide range of public (free, from nursery to 12th grade) and private (national and international) schools.

Foreign citizens with a valid visa can access the National Health Care Service (SNS), which is high-quality and reasonably priced: an emergency appointment at a public hospital costs approximately $25, and a medical specialty at a private hospital costs approximately $100.

The public transport system in Lisbon and Porto is easy to use, safe, covers the entire metropolitan area, and is quite affordable: a monthly public transport pass in Lisbon costs approximately $45.


Fulbright U.S. grantees are responsible for obtaining a Temporary Stay Visa to Portugal. The Commission can provide informal assistance but the Portuguese Embassy and Consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues. Grantees should carefully look into visa information and start the visa application well in advance of travel.

For additional information about National Temporary Stay Visas or the Portuguese Republic’s Consular Network in the U.S.A, visit the Diplomatic Portal.




Number of Grants:

One grant to Award.


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


Monday, September 16, 2024.



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