Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Brazil


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30 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months, March to November. Candidates should plan to attend the arrival orientation and begin their assignments in Brazil in March 2016. Alternate start dates will not be considered, except in the most extraordinary circumstances.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Foreign Language Proficiency: Portuguese language STRONGLY Recommended

Level:   Intermediate Portuguese = 2 years of college-level study in Portuguese or the equivalent at the time of application or Advanced Spanish = 3 years  of college-level study in Spanish or the equivalent at the time of application.

Additional Information: Some Portuguese language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis.  Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Portuguese language instructor is recommended for candidates with a basic or higher level of Portuguese.

In case of Advanced Spanish language skills applicants -- 3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent -- and who have begun study of Portuguese at the time of application, a Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required, in addition to a FLE from a Portuguese language instructor for levels beyond basic.


Affiliation:

All candidates must have an affiliation with an academic institution, except in extraordinary cases. Additional affiliations with non-profit organizations, archives, governmental agencies, etc., are acceptable and may be desirable depending on the nature of the candidate’s proposal.

Graduating seniors and recent graduates are required to affiliate with a Brazilian academic institution and to enroll in at least one course, preferably two, per semester. Candidates are encouraged to state their host institution preferences and to obtain a letter from the institution indicating that courses related to the applicant’s research interests are available. 

Master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates should initiate contact with the host institution of preference prior to submitting the application. Letters of affiliation must accompany the application.

Final approval by the Commission is subject to confirmation of an affiliation. If necessary, the Commission will assist selected candidates in confirming a possible host institution affiliation or recommending alternate affiliations.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

1.  Independent Study/Research:  Yes

2.  Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Specific Considerations:

Projects are encouraged in all parts of Brazil, not just the main population centers. Specifically, priority will be given to applicants who locate their projects outside of the urban areas of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

Applications from all degree levels and in all fields of study are welcome. 

Doctoral-level grantees may accept unremunerated teaching/research assistantships that are related to their projects with Commission approval. Qualified grantees should discuss their interest in such work with the Commission prior arrival.


Research Clearance:

Research in indigenous areas requires clearance that takes a minimum of six months. Grantees should check with their host institutions about how to apply for clearance.


Dependents:

No dependent support is available. Grantees must give proof of health insurance coverage for accompanying dependents, including provision for emergency medical evacuation.


30 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months.

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, March to November 2016. The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

Please note that selected grantees may not be in Brazil for more than three cumulative months in the 12 months prior to the Grant Start.   Exceptions may be considered for in-country formal language study.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Candidate Profile :

Applicants should have some experience working in an educational environment and, specifically, with classroom teaching. Candidates with degrees in English, applied linguistics or foreign languages, AND certification or significant coursework in teacher education or TESOL, are strongly preferred. Some full-time ESL teaching experience and TESOL certification may substitute for a relevant degree.

Because this is a student program, candidates with more than three years teaching experience or a Master’s degree in TESOL and more than one year of teaching at the time of application may be considered overqualified and not eligible for this program.


Foreign Languge Proficiency:

Foreign Language Proficiency: Portuguese or other Romance language STRONGLY Recommended

Level:   Intermediate Level

2 years of college-level study or the equivalent at the time of application.

Additional Information:  Proficiency in a Portuguese or other Romance language is necessary in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis.  A Foreign Language Evaluation is required for the primary Romance language and supported by a Foreign Langauge Evaluation.  Candidates with Portuguese language beyond Basic should also submit a FLE from a Portuguese language instructor.


Placement Type:

The Fulbright Commission has implemented a comprehensive plan to increase the quality and quantity of English teaching in Brazil.  The program attempts to assign one to two Fulbright ETAs to Teacher's Colleges at public universities throughout Brazil, where in order to graduate as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, students attend four-year undergraduate programs. 

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants working up to 20-25 hours per week, but they will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. They will develop and lead language learning activities and classes under the supervision of faculty, and promote U.S. culture through cultural and social programs. The Fulbright Commission will match the grantee with the appropriate host institution. Details of assignments will be subject to communication between the Fulbright Commission and the host institution and based on the profile of the selected candidate and the host institution’s needs. Placement can be in any Brazilian city and requests for a specific location cannot be considered.


Supplementary Project:

Because teaching assistant responsibilities will be between 20-25 hours per week, grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. Applicants should consider a project that they intend to pursue if awarded the grant and, since they will not know where they will be placed, keep in mind that these activities should be flexible respective to geographic location. For example, grantees may pursue a course of study, conduct research into topics or issues relative to Brazil, engage in specific volunteer activities, or a combination of these. Grantees may not necessarily be placed at an institution or in a location where they can effectively carry out the goals of their supplementary project. In these cases, the Fulbright Commission will discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.


Dependents:

The grant does not provide financial or logistical support for dependents.  Also, because ETAs are placed at universities throughout the country where limitations for family housing, schooling and/or child care may exist, it is not advisable for dependents to accompany grantees for the full grant term.  ETA placements are determined in the late fall prior to the grant start.


Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Fellowship: Federal University of Bahia

Dr. Edgar Carvalho's research group focuses on the immunopathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management of American tegumentary leishmaniasis and Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus type 1 (HTLV-I) infection. The leishmania studies are based at a field site located in the village of Corte de Pedra, an endemic area 280 kilometers from Salvador, and the HTLV-I studies are based at the university hospital’s multidisciplinary HTLV-I clinic. Dr. Marshall Glesby, an infectious diseases-trained clinical investigator based at Weill Cornell in New York, has collaborated with his Brazilian colleagues for the past ten years and co-mentors trainees with Dr. Carvalho, in particular providing assistance with the design and analysis of their projects.

Examples of ongoing NIH-funded projects are:

  • Host and Parasite Determinants in Human Leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis refers to a group of diseases that afflicts 12 million persons worldwide, with an estimated 2 million new infections occurring annually. All three forms of the disease--visceral, cutaneous and mucosal leishmaniasis--are prevalent in our study areas in the Northeast of Brazil. The Tropical Medicine Research Center has been funded by NIAID continuously since 1991. The current grant focuses on host and parasite determinants in human leishmaniasis, including the roles of parasite strain polymorphisms, immunological responses, and host genetic factors as determinants of the different clinical manifestations of Leishmania braziliensis infection.
  • Immunological Response, Viral Factors and Helminth Infections and HTLV-I Disease Expression. HTLV-I infects 20 million people worldwide and causes a debilitating neurological disorder known as HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP) and a T-cell leukemia/lymphoma. The prevalence of HTLV-I infection is about 1.7% in Salvador, Brazil. Previous studies of HTLV-I infection by Dr. Carvalho’s group have characterized the broad spectrum of disease manifestations in so-called HTLV-I “carriers” and the immunological profiles of asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with this infection. Current investigations, supported by an R01 (investigator-initiated grant) from NIAID, focus on determining the natural history of HTLV-I infection; host immunological and viral factors associated with disease expression; and the influence of helminthic co-infections on the immune response and clinical outcomes of HTLV-I infection. The basis of this work is an ongoing cohort study of approximately 500 patients with HTLV-I infection.

Grant Period:

9 months


Candidate Profile:

Post-third year medical school students; PhD students who have completed the first two years of their programs; Veterinary School doctoral degree candidates who have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical clerkship prior to the start of the fellowship year


Accepted Degree Levels:

Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended

Level: Intermediate

Intermediate Portuguese = 2 years of college-level study in Portuguese or the equivalent at the time of application or Advanced Spanish = 3 years of college-level study in Spanish or the equivalent at the time of application.

Additional Information: Some Portuguese language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Portuguese language instructor is recommended for candidates with a basic or higher level of Portuguese.

In case of Advanced Spanish language skills applicants -- 3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent -- and who have begun study of Portuguese at the time of application, a Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required, in addition to a Foreign Language Evaluation from a Portuguese language instructor for levels beyond basic.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

The candidate will be based at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador.

The U.S. partner for this project is the Weill Cornell Medical Colleg


Project Contacts:

Dr. Edgar M. Carvalho: imuno@ufba.br
Dr. Marshall J. Glesby: mag2005@med.cornell.edu


Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must select "Fulbright-Fogarty" in the Special Opportunity field of the application.


Field of Study Instructions:

All Fulbright-Fogarty applicants pursuing a placement in Brazil should select “Public Health” as the Field of Study in the Fulbright application.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.