The Fulbright Study / Research Program is designed to give U.S. citizens opportunities for personal development through cultural exchange. Nearly 200 Americans have studied in Portugal through Fulbright Portugal.


Competition is now closed.


Candidate profile

Applications are welcome from candidates at all degree levels who have completed a bachelor’s degree before the start date of the grant.

Projects should be in one of the following fields: linguistics, history, contemporary history, sociology, literature, political science, international relations, communication, language teaching pedagogy, fine arts, performing arts and distance education.

These fields are limited to subjects related to Portuguese language and culture and preference will be given to projects that are especially relevant to Portuguese-American cultural relations.



Applicants living in Portugal at the time of the application are not eligible for consideration.


Language proficiency

Language proficiency in Portuguese, commensurate with the proposed study, is necessary by the beginning date of the grant.


Grant duration and period

8 months, October through May, beginning with a mandatory on-site orientation.


Grant activity and affiliation

Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, or a combination of these.

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliations and must submit letters of support/affiliation with their applications.

Fulbright Fellows may register as special students, and thus are able to attend courses relevant to their projects.

The students may enroll in courses related to their projects but are responsible for the payment of any tuition fees associated.


Award benefits

Monthly stipend: €1,250.

Travel allowance, for student only: €850 (flights only).

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

No housing or dependents allowance are available.



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

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