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CategoryU.S. Scholar Program.

Type: Teaching / Research.

The recipient of this award is expected to carry out teaching and research activities within the topic of Law and Sustainability, as further detailed below.

Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are a good fit to one or more of NOVA School of Law’s sustainability related knowledge centers (https://novalaw.unl.pt/en/knowledge-centres/):

  • NOVA Green Lab;
  • NOVA Ocean;
  • NOVA Business, Human Rights and the Environment;
  • NOVA Refugee Clinic;
  • NOVA Data-Driven Law.

Scholars selected for this Award will be required to:

  • Teach one graduate course in Legal English (24h teaching) and/or one/two graduate courses in Law and Sustainability (24h teaching);
  • Conduct a research project within the host institution’s ;research and development unit relevant to one or more of the host institution’s knowledge centers;
  • Take part in one or more conferences and/or seminars aimed at doctoral students to discuss ongoing research;
  • Advise and/or mentor master’s and/or doctoral students;
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development.

Scholars Selected for this Award 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
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

Disciplines: Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered:

  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History, non- U.S.
  • Information Sciences/Systems
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
Areas of Interest: While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars with a legal background or, for those with no legal background, those with an interest in inter, multi or cross disciplinary research involving legal systems. There is particular interest in scholars who, in their respective fields, carry out research which is focused on meeting at least one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone by 2030.


Location: NOVA University LisbonNOVA School of Law. Lisbon, Portugal

Length: Four months

Period: Starting dates are flexible; preferred starting month is September, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.




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

Career: Early Career Academics, Mid-Career Academics, Senior Academics.

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



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.


Letter of Invitation:A letter of invitation is optional. If applicants can obtain the letter of invitation, the 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.

Additional Information: Assistance will be provided by Ms. Rita Jordão of the Mobility and Internationalization Support Office, Email: mobility@novalaw.unl.pt, Telephone: +351 21 384 74 37.

Candidates can seek further information with Prof. Margarida Lima Rego, Vice-Dean for Internationalization (Email: margarida.limarego@novalaw.unl.pt).




Award allowance is of €11,200 (approx. $12,672), which corresponds to a monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $3,168).

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)



The host will contribute with a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $849) and will provide assistance in finding housing.

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

Grantee and dependents can access host institution’s library, Wi-Fi, free attendance of welcome events, conferences and other academic events, upon request.



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-law-and-sustainability-nova-school-law

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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