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.


Competition for the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now closed.


Candidate profile

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

Degree requirements: Ph.D., or other terminal degree.

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

Specializations: Remote Sensing, Modelling and Statistics, Climate Change.

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


Grant duration and period

Three months, preferably starting in May, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant activity and affiliation

Grant activity: Research

Climate change is a major research topic and it represents a huge challenge to marine scientists worldwide. In order to advance in the understanding and be able to predict the impact of those changes in the marine resources we need a global approach rather than a local-based view of those interactions between marine life and the environment.

The Azores are half-way between Europe and America, sitting at the triple-junction and under the effect of one of the major world currents, the Gulf Stream, which represents an important pathway for many pelagic species.

The proposal is to look at the impact of environmental parameter changes on the distribution and abundance of large pelagic migratory species such as tuna, cetaceans, elasmobranchs, marine turtles, among other possible group of species.

These are key-species in the open ocean ecosystems. Our goal is to relate oceanographic conditions with the migratory patterns of these species and to better understand the role of the Azores to these species life cycles. The Azores may so be looked as a case study in the mid-Atlantic.

These studies will require remote sensing data as well as information on the abundance of some of these species that may be obtained from ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna), IWC (International Whaling Commission), locally from the Fisheries Observer Program (POPA), among other international databases and bodies.

Grant location: Okeanos Research Center, Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas, Centro do IMAR, Universidade dos Açores – Horta

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 also provides assistance in finding housing).

Other: The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space, access to laboratory facilities, car (if scheduled).

Assistance will be provided by Dr. Helder Marques da Silva. Telephone: (+351)96 9161333 , e-mail:



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 (