PORTUGAL: Fulbright Award in Open Ocean Ecology / CCMar, UAlg – Algarve Center for Marine Sciences

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    Fulbright Commission Portugal
    Natural sciences
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)

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.


Career Stage: This Award is open to researchers, at any level, except early career. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D., or other terminal degree.

Disciplines: Environmental Sciences.

Specializations: Marine Ecology; Open Ocean Ecology.

Grant Activity: Teaching / Research. The scholar is expected to use the potential of CCMar (environment, location, facilities, human resources) to develop an original interdisciplinary research project with one/several researchers of CCMar, aiming for concrete outputs (e.g. scientific article, policy recommendation). The project can be based on existing data or on newly produced data and could be prepared before the stay.

In addition, the scholar will teach a course in her/his discipline at the University of Algarve in the Master programs in Marine Biology, Marine and Coastal Systems, and Aquaculture and Fisheries and/or in the doctoral programs Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation – Erasmus Mundus and Marine, Earth and Environmental Science for an equivalent of 48 hours contact time.

Host Institution in Portugal: Universidade do AlgarveCentro do Ciencias do Mar, Faro, Portugal.


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 University of Algarve offers free accommodation in recently refurbished apartments in the center of Faro and close to campus.

Other: The scholar will be given space and facilities to work in the best conditions, with all required commodities (air-conditioned office, high-speed wireless internet, access to online-library, access to experimental facilities, proximity to the sea, mentoring if requested) and a lively scientific environment. Assistance for secretarial needs and settlement will be provided by the International Office of CCMar.


Grant Duration: Three months during AY2020/2021. Preferred starting months are September 2020 or February 2021, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


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

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


Number of Grants: One Grant.

Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 16, 2019.

Informations: For more information about Fulbright grant opportunities for U.S. Scholars in Portugal, contact U.S. Program Manager, Dora Reis Arenga (darenga@fulbright.pt).

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-open-ocean-ecologyccmar-ualg-algarve-center-marine-sciences



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