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.

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.

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.




CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Research.

Award Activity: The grantee will carry out a program of research, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.
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


Location: Applicant may propose an appropriate host.

Appropriate host institutions can be accredited higher education institutions, research centers, cultural institutions or museums, governmental or non-governmental organizations with educational or scientific purposes.

Information about Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers in Portugal can be found on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education’s Study & Research in Portugal website.

Other institutions not listed can still be considered suitable hosts. Please, confirm with the Fulbright Commission in Portugal before seeking a letter of invitation.

Grantees are required to live in the city where the host institution is located.

Length: Three or Four 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: Artists, Early Career Academics, Mid-Career Academics, Professionals, Senior Academics.

Language Proficiency: English is usually sufficient, but the candidate should confirm with the host institution if there are any language requirements.



Letter of Invitation: A letter of invitation is required. Candidates are responsible for arranging their host affiliation and must submit a letter of invitation with their application.

A 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.

Please note that the academic year in Portugal ends in July so Portuguese institutions will be on summer break from July until September and it may prove to be difficult to contact faculty and staff during that period. Candidates should expect longer turnaround times for receiving a reply to their queries.

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



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.

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

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2021)



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)



Cost of Living, especially which relates to housing, is significantly higher in larger metropolitan areas such as Lisbon and Porto, when compared to other Portuguese regions. Grantees are responsible for finding their own housing but are encouraged to contact their host institution for advice.




Number of Grants: Up to Six Grants.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:  Award #13264-PO – https://awards.cies.org/content/all-disciplines-579

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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