The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees can lecture and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.


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: Only applications in Music will be considered.

Specializations: Composition; Analysis; Music Performance; Jazz; Music Technologies.

Additional Qualification Information: Applications are welcome from candidates from the areas of Composition and Analysis (20th Century and Contemporary Music), specialized in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Electronic Music, or mixed. Applications are also welcome from Music Performers and Music Technology Engineers.

For additional qualification information, candidates should contact the host institution.

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


Grant Duration and Period

Grant Duration: Three months.

Grant Period: Grant dates are flexible; preferred starting month is March 2021, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


Grant Activity and Affiliation

Grant Activity: Teaching / Research.

Grant activity includes the development of “Music Performance” (from Conducting to Voice or Instrument), “Composition” and “Jazz and Music Technologies” course syllabi, and may also include teaching classes, depending on the selected profile.

The teaching and research activity is designed for students from these Music areas and courses can be taught as seminar, can be individual (in the case of the composition) or in a class (in the case of analysis).

All grant activity will take place at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon’s School of Music (ESML-IPL).

Grant Location: Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, 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; host also provides 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 Director of ESML-IPL, Dr. Miguel Henriques, email:

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



Number of Grants: One Grant.

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

For more information about grants for U.S. Scholars in Portugal, contact Dora Reis Arenga (