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.

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 BiologyEngineeringEnvironmental Sciences and Oceanography are preferred.

Specializations: While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

This award is open to any project within or related these areas:

  • Marine Biology
  • Ocean Sciences and Ocean Technology
  • Ecosystem functioning, assessment, management and value
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and Technology
  • Valorization of Marine Biological resources

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


Grant Duration and Period

Three months, any time during the academic year (between September and June), as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant Activity and Affiliation

Grant Activity: Teaching / Research

This grant involves scientific consultancy and collaboration to evaluate the information available, prioritize actions and design monitoring programs towards the development of integrated coastal management for the Portuguese continental coast.

Grant Location: Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Algés, Lisbon, Portugal.

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


Award Benefits

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. The host does not provide assistance in finding housing.

Other: The host institution will provide computer facilities (PC and printer), internet access (wireless) and e-mail, office space and secretarial assistance. Access to laboratories and existing equipment will also be provided if needed.

For questions about qualifications, profiles sought and requests for invitation letters can be sent to Dr. Fatima Abrantes (e-mail:, telephone: (+351) 213 027 000.



Number of Grants: One Grant.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:

For more information about the U.S. Scholar Program in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga, US Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal,