Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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20 Open Study/Research Awards

Award Profile:

Award Profile:

All applicants are required to demonstrate the relevance of their projects to the Brazil Fulbright Program’s mandate, which is to enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.   Proposals to conduct research and/or study in Brazil either independently or as part of the candidate's current graduate program will be considered. Affiliation with an academic institution is central to this type of project as is the presentation of a well thought out research plan.  

Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2017 should apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, see www.cies.org.

Grant Period:

9 months, March to November. Candidates should plan to attend the mandatory arrival orientation and begin their assignments in Brazil in late February or early March 2018. Alternate start dates will not be considered, except in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Consider the information below if your research will rely on connections from outside of your host institution:

Level: Intermediate Portuguese
2 years of college-level study or equivalent prior to commencing the grant


Level: Advanced Spanish
3 years of college-level study in Spanish or the equivalent prior to commencing the grant, plus additional study of Portuguese at 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 required.

In the case of Advanced Spanish language skills applicants who have begun study of Portuguese at the time of application, a Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level language instructor in both Spanish and Portuguese is required.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


All candidates must have an affiliation with an academic institution or research institute. 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 must also 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.

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 São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Be aware that the competition for these urban areas is greater because of a proportionally larger number of applications. Applications from all degree levels and in all fields of study are welcome. 

Research Clearance:

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


Dependent support is not available

18 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

9 months.

Grant dates will correspond to the academic year in Brazil, usually from March to November 2018. 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.

Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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. Applicants must receive their Bachelor’s degree by August 31, 2017 to be considered for the grants starting in 2017-18.

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.

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Applicants should have intermediate skills in Portuguese or in other Romance language at the the time of application.   Advanced skills are recommended for when the grant begins, 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 Language Evaluation. Candidates with Portuguese language beyond Basic are also required to submit a FLE from a college-level Portuguese language instructor.

Placement Type:

The Fulbright Commission attempts to assign at least two Fulbright ETAs to each participating Teacher's College at public universities throughout Brazil, where students attend four-year undergraduate programs to graduate as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers.

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. ETA placements are determined in the late fall prior to the grant start.

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, 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 Comments:

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.


Dependent support is not available



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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.


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.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.