The Fulbright Study / Research Program is designed to give U.S. citizens opportunities for personal development through educational and cultural exchange.


Grant Duration and Period

Grant Duration: 8 months.

Grant Period: October 1 to May 31.

Grantees are required to attend a mandatory on-site orientation in Lisbon, in late September, before the beginning of their grant. The Fulbright Commission will cover accommodation in Lisbon and travel to host location for grantees placed outside of Lisbon.


Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from candidates at all degree levels who have completed a Bachelor’s degree before the start date of the grant.

All fields of study are considered.

Candidates must be mature and self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently with little supervision.


Portuguese Language Proficiency

Recommended – Intermediate (1-2 years college or equivalent)

Intermediate Portuguese language proficiency is strongly recommended by the beginning date of the grant. However, a higher level of proficiency may be required, commensurate with the proposed study/research project.

Knowledge of Portuguese language and culture is particularly relevant to promote a deeper engagement with the host community.

Although the Fulbright Commission does not sponsor Portuguese language and culture classes, we encourage candidates to check with their proposed hosts if such possibility is available at the institution.

Candidates should include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation forms with their online applications.


Grant Activity and Affiliation

Grant Activity: Projects may include university coursework, scientific research in a research center, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, or a combination of these.

Fulbright grantees may register as special students, and thus be able to attend courses relevant to their projects but are responsible for the payment of any tuition fees associated.

Affiliation: Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliation and must submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their applications.

Before begginning their online application, candidates should research their affiliation, taking into consideration the faculty, programs and/or research of relevant departments in a diverse number of institutions, but should also seek information about the institution’s location.

Information about the Portuguese System of Education, Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers in Portugal, as well as information about tuition fees for international students, can be found on the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education’s Study & Research in Portugal website:

Other institutions not listed can still be considered suitable hosts. Candidates should confirm with the Fulbright Commission in Portugal before seeking a letter of invitation.



Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.

Candidates enrolled in a graduate studies program in Portugal at the time of the application or in the subsequent academic year, or candidates who hold a valid visa during that period, are not eligible.

Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal.



Fulbright grantees must apply for a Temporary Stay Visa at the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at one of the Consulates in the United States, before travelling to Portugal.

For more information about visas, consult with the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C..


Award Benefits

Fulbright Award benefits are for one academic year only, i.e., the duration of the grant:

Stipend: Maintenance allowance of €10,000 (divided into 8 monthly installments of €1,250).

Travel: Travel allowance of €850 (one-time payment intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal, to be paid with the first monthly allowance).

Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing: No housing allowance is available.

Tuition: Tuition fees are not covered by the grant benefits.

Dependents: Dependent support is not available.



Number of Grants: Two Grants.

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

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