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.

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

Disciplines: Only applications in Environmental Sciences will be considered.

Specializations: Marine Ecology,Open Ocean Ecology, Open Ocean Ecology of Cetacean, Pinnipeds and Reptiles

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


Grant duration and period

Three months, starting dates are flexible: preferred starting months are September or February, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant activity and affiliation

Grant activity: Teaching / Research

The scholar will be introduced individually to the researchers of CCMAR during the first week of the stay and will broadly introduce their research during a seminar open to all students of the University of Algarve within a fortnight after arrival.

The scholar is expected to use the potential of CCMAR (environment, location, facilities, human resources) to develop an original interdisciplinary research project with one/several researchers of CCMAR, aiming for concrete outputs (e.g. scientific article, policy recommendation). The project can be based on existing data or on newly produced data and could be prepared before the stay.

In addition, the scholar will teach a course in her/his discipline at the University of Algarve in the Master programs in Marine Biology, Marine and Coastal Systems, and Aquaculture and Fisheries and/or in the doctoral programs Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation – Erasmus Mundus and Marine, Earth and Environmental Science for an equivalent of 48 hours contact time.

These programs will offer possibility for the scholar to engage into supervision and mentoring of students of the University of Algarve.

Grant location: Universidade do Algarve, Centro do Ciencias do Mar

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 University of Algarve offers free accommodation in recently refurbished apartments in the center of Faro.

The scholar will be given space and facilities to work in the best conditions, with all required commodities (air-conditioned office, high-speed wireless internet, access to online-library, access to experimental facilities, proximity to the sea, mentoring if requested) and a lively scientific environment.

Assistance for secretarial needs and settlement will be provided by the international office of CCMAR.

More information about CCMAR is available online. Candidates can contact Professor Ester Serrão at for more information about the center and the sought expertise.



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 (