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: Teaching / Research.

Award Activity: 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 match one or several of NOVA School of Law’s strategic priorities which are as follows:

  • The role of law in promoting the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic (the research interests of the candidates may focus on only one of these pillars or several);
  • Strengthening Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions;
  • Law, Innovation and Digitalization.
    These three strategic priorities may include a range of topics covering the following SDGs:
  • Peace, justice and security (SDG 16);
  • Human rights in the digital age/ cybersecurity (SDG 9, 16);
  • Decent work, responsible Business Conduct (SDG 8)
  • Law and blue economy: the ocean (SDG 12, 13, 14);
  • Law and green economy: energy and climate (SDG 7, 12, 13, 15);
  • Alternative dispute resolution in the digital age (SDG 16);
  • Right to sustainable and smart cities (SDG 11, 12);
  • Regulation, policymaking and the digital transformation (SDGs 9, 16);
  • Green taxation, social solidarity and public policies (SDG 1, 8);
  • Human rights, access to justice and the rule of law (SDG 16);
  • Sustainability and digitalisation of financial markets (SDG 1, 8, 12);
  • Compliance, enforcement and ESG (SDG 16);
  • Data science, Artificial Intelligence and empirical legal studies (SDG 9, 16);
  • Institutional governance and reform (SDG 16);
  • Law, health and well-being (SDG 3);
  • Gender Equality (SDG 5).

Ideally, the research interests of the recipient of the award should also match the activities carried by any one of the knowledge centres of NOVA School of Law (https://novalaw.unl.pt/en/knowledge-centres/).

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 will be required 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: Preferred starting month is September, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.




Citizenship/Residency Requirement: Applicants residing in Portugal at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of Portugal are not eligible to apply for this award.

Invitation Requirement: 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.

Degree Requirements: Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required

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

Language Proficiency Requirements: None, English is sufficient.

Additional Comments:

NOVA School of Law – Knowledge Centres: https://novalaw.unl.pt/en/knowledge-centres/

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, Dean of NOVA School of Law (Email: margarida.limarego@novalaw.unl.pt).

For additional information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, U.S. Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt




Grant Stipend: €11,200 (approx. $11,708), which corresponds to a monthly stipend of €2,800 (approx. $2,927).

Housing allowance: €3,000 (approx. $3,136), which corresponds to a monthly housing allowance of €750 (approx. $784).

Award allowances are paid in a lump sum on the first month of the grant.

Travel Allowance: €1,100 (approx. $1,150), for grantees only. Travel allowance is paid on the first month of the grant.


The Fulbright Commission offers funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entirety of the grant period.

Amounts are determined prior to the start of the academic year, according to availability of funds.


An estimate of the cost of living in Portugal can be found on websites such as https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living.

Estimated monthly costs can range from €500 ($522, for one person) to €2,000 ($2,090, for a family of four), without rent.

(Exchange rate of December 1, 2022)


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



Number of Grants: One Grant to Award.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: 24015-PT – Fulbright Award in Law and Sustainability / NOVA School of Law

Deadline: September 15, 2023.

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.