Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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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 www.cies.org.

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

Additional Online Resources


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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.