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.

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Category: U.S. Scholar Program.

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: Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in Communications, Film Studies or Journalism are preferred.

Specializations: Video Communication; Screenwriting and Digital Storytelling; Motion Graphics; Digital Film Production.

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



Starting dates are flexible; preferred starting months are October (first semester) or March (second semester), as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.



Grant Activity: Teaching / Research

The School of Communication and Media Studies (ESCS-IPL), known as the premier college in Communications in Portugal, seeks to cover the main strands of Communication taught in Bachelor and Master’s degrees. To this end, ESCS counts with the involvement of its nuclear Departments:

  • Department of Audiovisual & Multimedia;
  • Department of Journalism;
  • Department of Advertising & Marketing;
  • Department of Public Relations & Organizational Communication,

The select scholar will research and debate subjects such as Digital Film Production, Business Model Journalism and Digital Strategic Communications.

The Fulbright Scholar from 2021-2022 will be hosted by the Department of Media and Journalism:

Programs Contents: Business models for Journalism (To create “value” in journalism; Robots and people in newsroom: complementary practices and business impact; New publics/audiences; Financial support; Independent journalism; Self- employment /freelance journalism)

Competencies: Learn how to keep journalism “valuable”, workable and sustainable.

Target: Bachelor and Master students in Journalism

Number of students involved: approximately 50

Number of teaching hours/week: 6 hours

Grant Location: Escola Superior de Comunicação SocialInstituto Politécnico de Lisboa (ESCS-IPL), Lisbon, Portugal

Letter of Invitation: A letter of invitation is optional. Any invitation letter should describe the grant activity and proposed timeline.



Stipend: Maintenance allowance of €8,400 (corresponding to 3 monthly allowances of €2,800);

Travel: 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).

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 is 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: The host institution will provide a monthly housing allowance of €750 and will provide assistance in finding housing.

Other: The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space and secretarial assistance.

Questions about qualifications, profiles sought and requests for invitation letters can be sent to the President of ESCS-IPL, Dr. André Sendin, email: direcao@escs.ipl.pt or asendin@escs.ipl.pt, telephone: (+351) 217 119 006.

For more information about the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, contact the Coordinator of the International Relations Office, Ms. Carla Ruivo, email: grima@sp.ipl.pt, telephone: (+351) 210 464 762.



Number of Grants: One Grant.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-communication-media-studies-polytechnic-lisbon-0

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.



Polytechnic of Lisbon School of Communication and Media Studies

Study & Research in Portugal

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program