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30 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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.  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 United States and Brazil.  

Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2019 should apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, see

Grant Period

9 Months

From February to November.

Candidates should plan to attend the mandatory arrival orientation and begin their assignments in Brazil in mid February or early March 2020. 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

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

Level: Intermediate Portuguese2 years of college-level study or equivalent prior to commencing the grantORLevel: Advanced Spanish3 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 applicants in confirming a possible host institution affiliation or recommending alternate affiliations.

Specific Considerations

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


This award is co-sponsored by CAPES, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Patricia D. Grijo

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