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.


Candidate Profile

Category: U.S. Scholar Program.

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

Disciplines: Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines.

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


Grant Duration and Dates

Grant Duration: Three or Four months.

Grant Dates: Award dates must be approved by the Portuguese host institution; grants can begin anytime during the academic year, between September 2022 and May 2023.

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2023.


Award Requirements

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

Scholars selected for this Award can choose to conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing.

Grant Location: Any appropriate higher education institution, research center, cultural institution or museum, governmental or non-governmental organization.

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.

Letter of Invitation: Candidates are responsible for arranging their own affiliation and must submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their applications. The invitation letter should describe the grant activity and proposed timeline.

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


Award Benefits

StipendThe Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment maintenance allowance of €8,400 (corresponding to 3 monthly allowances of €2,800) or of €11,200 (corresponding to 4 monthly allowances of €2,800).

Travel and Relocation Allowance: The Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment travel allowance, intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal:

  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for scholar;
  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for each dependent travelling with the scholar (round trip travel receipts are mandatory).

Funding for Dependents: The Fulbright Commission offers additional funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

  • A monthly maintenance allowance of €250 per dependent;
  • A monthly tuition allowance of €500 per child, when attending a private school (proof of enrollment and monthly receipts are mandatory);
  • A one-time payment allowance of €300 per dependent, to cover for Portuguese language and culture classes (proof of enrollment is mandatory).

Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing Allowance: No housing allowance is available.



Number of Grants: Up to Six Grants.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/all-disciplines-485

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


Additional Online Resources

Study & Research in Portugal

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program