2 Fulbright/Azores Government Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length8 Months
The Fulbright Open Study/Research Award with the support of the Azores Regional Government is designed to give U.S. citizens opportunities for personal development through educational and cultural exchange.
Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in learning, science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers.
To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.
The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America and Portugal - Fulbright Commission Portugal strives to be a collaborative and innovative organization and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
We seek to ensure that all our grants, programs and activities reflect the diversity of U.S. and Portuguese societies and are open to people regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
We work every day to build a culture of inclusiveness, respect for diversity, and understanding of the many differences that enrich the Fulbright Program.
Two grants to award.
All fields of study are considered. These fields are limited to subjects related to the Azores and study or research projects to be carried out at institutions located in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Portugal.
Grant dates are October 1 to May 31.
Grant starting date is October 1 but grantees are expected to travel to Portugal to attend a mandatory orientation in Lisbon, in late September.
A grantee can travel to Portugal before the grant starts, or extend their stay after the grant is completed, but must secure a visa and insurance for any additional period of time.
Fulbright sponsorship is for 8 months only; no funds or other grant benefits can be extended or transferred to the following academic year.
The Fulbright Commission in Portugal hosts a virtual pre-departure orientation meeting in late May/early June and a mandatory in-country orientation meeting, to be held during two days, in late September, in Lisbon.
During the orientation, the Commission offers accommodation for grantees placed outside of the Lisbon metropolitan area.
Applications are welcome from well-qualified and motivated candidates, at all degree levels, who have completed a Bachelor's degree before the start of the grant.
A successful candidate must be able to describe in their application the project's feasibility, objectives, timeline and methodology, the candidate's academic and/or professional excellence, personal motivation, leadership qualities and plans for community engagement while in Portugal.
The Commission seeks mature, responsible, independent, open-minded and confident individuals who are capable of working independently with little supervision and able to adjust to academic, cultural and social settings different from those of their home country.
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. Candidates attending study abroad programs in Portugal at the time of the application are eligible to apply, as it is not considered residency.
Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal (have lived in Portugal for a period of one year or more).
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
The Fulbright Commission in Portugal seeks accomplished candidates who have the potential for advancing their fields of study and for fostering research collaborations. Candidates should demonstrate clearly the reasons for pursuing a study/research project in the Azores and their choice of affiliation.
Additionally, candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the country and its culture and in engaging with the wider community while in Portugal.
As part of the selection process, some candidates will be invited for an interview with the Portuguese selection committee, via zoom videocall, during the month of February.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Intermediate Portuguese language proficiency is strongly recommended by the beginning date of the grant. A higher level of proficiency may be required, depending on 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 offer resources and links to search Portuguese language study opportunities. We also 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 applications.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter required at deadline
Grant activity is flexible and projects may include university coursework, scientific research in a research center, independent library, museum or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, or a combination of graduate study with independent research.
Grant Affiliation: any appropriate institution in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Portugal (Azores - or Açores, in Portuguese - is an archipelago of nine islands in the North Atlantic Ocean). When searching online for appropriate institutions, candidates should preferably use the Portuguese spelling of the Archipelago’s name, “Açores”.
Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliation and are required to submit letters of affiliation with their applications.
A letter of affiliation must identify (name and position) the research supervisor and express their interest in the project, describe the proposed activities and timeline for the project. It must be written in English and printed on institutional letterhead, signed by the research supervisor and/or head of the corresponding department.
Before beginning their online application, candidates should secure their affiliation, taking into consideration the faculty, programs and/or research groups, but should also seek information about the Azores archipelago, particularly the island where their institution is located.
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 Study & Research in Portugal website.
Appropriate host institution can be any accredited higher education institution, research center, cultural institution or museum, governmental or non-governmental organization with educational or scientific purposes.
Other institutions not listed can still be considered suitable hosts. Candidates should confirm with the Fulbright Commission in Portugal before seeking a letter of affiliation.
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.
No housing allowance is available.
Grantees are required to live in the city where the host institution is located.
Cost of Living, especially which relates to housing, is considered lower in the Azores, when compared to larger metropolitan areas such as Lisbon and Porto.
Grantees are responsible for finding their own housing but are encouraged to contact their supervisors and/or the institution's international relations/mobility office for assistance in finding housing.
Fulbright U.S. 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.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
Study & Research in Portugal: https://www.study-research.pt
Portuguese Higher Education System: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en
EU Country Profile: Portugal: https://european-union.europa.eu/principles-countries-history/country-profiles/portugal_en
Visit Portugal: https://www.visitportugal.com/en