11 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
Fulbright Spain's Open Study/Research awards are available to applicants from all academic disciplines. The aim of these awards is to strengthen cultural, educational, and scientific exchange between the United States and Spain and to provide grantees with opportunities for research collaboration that extend into the future. Core funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Government and the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education.
Fulbright Spain intends to host a Research Seminar for all its open/study research student grantees and Scholars each year given the success of this seminar in its previous three editions.
Grants will begin on September 15, 2024.
Initiating the award at a later date in 2024-2025 will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.
All Fulbright Spain student grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation which will take place during the first half of September 2024.
This award is open to graduating seniors, although those with previous research experience and advanced graduate students/doctoral candidates will be given priority. Applicants must be mature and self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently with little supervision. Awards are mainly offered for independent graduate research in areas of mutual U.S./Spanish interest. Projects dealing with contemporary issues are especially encouraged.
Engaging in university coursework may be considered, but not as the sole purpose of the project; university fees are not covered by the grant benefits. Please note that course listings may not be confirmed until after universities begin in Fall 2024 and enrollment of foreign students is not guaranteed.
Candidates may not reside in Spain at the time of application or during the academic year prior to the grant. Study abroad in Spain as part of undergraduate studies is not considered residency in Spain. However, other full-time studies at an institution based in Spain or participation in an auxiliar de conversación program are considered residency in Spain.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a translated version of the Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement in Spanish, in addition to an English version. The translated documents must adhere to the same page limit guidelines as the English versions. These do not need to be word for word translations, but should convey the same ideas. Each document should be uploaded in the designated field in the Fulbright online application. The translated document should be uploaded as a PDF.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional information: An advanced level of Spanish is recommended. Please make sure to include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation in your Fulbright Online Application.
Applicants to regions with a co-official language: Proficiency in the co-official language is not required for this grant, unless required for the proposed project, but is recommended to facilitate greater integration into the local community. Applicants should note their level of proficiency in the co-official language and/or how they intend to develop their basic proficiency in the Language Self-Evaluation.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Research centers and universities in Spain can be found at the following links:
- Registro de Universidades, Centros y Títulos
- Centros de Investigacion CSIC
- Centers and Units of Excellence accredited by the Spanish Government
Keep in mind that these lists are not exhaustive, and both public and private Spanish universities also offer ample research opportunities.
Applicants must arrange affiliation in Spain and submit a letter or letters of invitation indicating the name and position of the research adviser(s) with whom the applicant will collaborate as well as the availability of research resources. The letter is required to be signed by the research adviser and have the approval of the head of the corresponding department.
The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission provides extensive support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues, such as the visa and documentation processes, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, assistance in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions cannot be provided.
For applicants in the Creative and Performing Arts, letters of affiliation must be from an academic adviser affiliated with a host institution. Eligible host institutions for these applicants may include certified art and performance schools or non-profits/cultural foundations, such as museums. Affiliations with private teachers will not be eligible.
University fees are not covered by the grant benefits.
All Fulbright Spain grantees are required to arrange their own housing. The Commission provides ample resources to aid in the housing search in Spain, including two webinars prior to departure.
Only a one time allowance of 400€ will be provided, regardless of the number of dependents accompanying the grantee.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
2020-2022 Open Study/Research Grantee in Vitoria-Gasteiz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qooGx9cdAO8&ab_channel=FulbrightSpain
2021-2022 Open Study/Research Grantee in Madrid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gralgtEBRvs&list=PL8BAAJraI1poUwpLQj-2gSIqr-HlXG3uL&index=2&ab_channel=FulbrightSpain
Fulbright Spain Alumni Voices: https://youtu.be/rFJvIhDiEl4
We are 10,000 Fulbrighters!: https://youtu.be/TjSSoDRm2zE