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, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:

  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanography

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

  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Fish stock assessment
  • Fisheries management strategies
  • Ecosystem functioning, assessment, management and value

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


Grant Duration and Dates

Grant Duration: Three months

Grant Dates: Any time during the academic year (between September and June), as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Award Requirements

Grant Activity: Research

The selected scholar will participate in scientific consultancy and collaboration with the host in order to delineate research strategies, define and prioritize actions towards the improvement of on-going projects and research areas, and/or the initiation of new lines or research.

Scholars selected for this Award can choose to:
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

Grant LocationPortuguese 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: The Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment maintenance allowance of  €8,400 (corresponding to 3 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: 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, internet access (wireless) and email, office space and secretarial assistance. The host will also give access to laboratories and existing equipment, if needed.

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



Number of Grants: One Grant.

ApplicationsApplications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website:  https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-marine-resources-portuguese-institute-sea-and-atmosphere-ipma-1

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

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. (IPMA) / Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program