24 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission is one of the largest commissions worldwide and it hosted more than 200 U.S. grantees last year.
Fulbright Spain's Open Study/Research awards facilitate access to research and studies representing a wide range of disciplines. The aim of these awards is to strengthen educational and cultural relationships 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.
For the first time in 2019, Spain hosted a Research Seminar for all its student predoctoral researchers and scholars. Given the success of this seminar, the Commission intends to hold a similar event each year.
Grant Length: 9 months.
Grants will begin on September 15, 2022.
Initiating the award at a later date in 2022-2023 will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances.
All Fulbright Spain student grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation which will take place during the second week of September, 2022.
Advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates, and those with previous research experience will be given priority. Graduating seniors will also be considered. 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. Course listings may not be confirmed until after universities begin and enrollment of foreign students is not guaranteed.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is strongly recommended. A basic understanding of Catalán, Gallego or Euskera is recommended for general research or study in the respective regions prior to beginning the grant.
Please make sure to include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation in your Fulbright Online Application.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Research centers and universities in Spain can be found at the following links:
- Registro de Universidades, Centros, y Títulos
- Centros de Investigacion
- 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 letters of invitation indicating the name and position of the research adviser with whom the scholar 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 wide support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues such as the visa process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, it cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions.
For applicants in the Creative and Performing Arts, letters of affiliation must be from an academic adviser affiliated with a host institution.
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.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Candidates may not reside in Spain at the time of application or during the academic year prior to the grant. Study abroad as part of undergraduate studies is not considered residency in Spain.
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 document.
Only a one time allowance of $400 will be provided, regardless of the number of dependents accompanying the grantee.