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8 Open Study/Research Awards

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

The Fulbright Commission recommends that recent graduates take courses at a university in the country.

All grantees are required to participate in an annual orientation session and give presentations to the community at-large on their research achievements.

Ecuador welcomes applications from creative and visual artists to engage in professional training, performance study, and/or research in the arts.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees who are not enrolled in an academic program should plan to arrive by late September 2019.  Otherwise, the grant period may vary according to region or university.  Check the preferred host university webpage for specific dates.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Advanced

Additional Information: Spanish 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. Advanced level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Ecuador, a multiethnic country, is also among the five most bio-diverse countries in the world and offers innumerable opportunities for research and study in all fields.

The Fulbright Commission recommends that candidates seek formal institutional affiliation with a university or a research institution.  Students seeking affiliation with non-profits are strongly encouraged to seek a university faculty member as an advisor.

Candidates must initiate contacts with the host institution/organization prior to submitting the application and include documentation of such contacts and any replies. U.S. grantees may enroll in courses at Ecuadorian universities. With lead time, the Commission will assist grantees with finalizing host institution affiliations. Enrollment requires a letter from the Commission; enrolled students must complete coursework. Please review institution websites for information on fields of study and courses.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition costs are not covered by the Fulbright grant. Some universities have granted tuition waivers on a case-by-case basis with a letter from the Fulbright Commission. Students entering degree programs should make provisions to cover tuition costs.

Security Concerns

For security reasons, research clearance may be needed for some areas of the country.  Applicants should consult with their affiliation to determine if security may be a concern; and, if so, the issue should be addressed in both the Statement of Grant Purpose and in the Letter of Affiliation.  Applications will be reviewed accordingly.

Research Permits

Archaeological sites, national parks, and many wildlife reserves require entrance permits for research and submission of a mandatory final report to the institution granting the permit. Permits should be requested by the grantee several months in advance. Applicants should consult with their institution of affiliation regarding requirements for specific places.

Projects in the Galapagos Islands

Temporary residence permits are required and must be obtained through the institution of affiliation. There are no additional allowances to cover the entrance fee to the National Park, nor costs for residence permits or research permits.

Factors Affecting Eligibility

Preference will be given to U.S. citizen applicants over dual citizenship (U.S.-Ecuadorian) applicants.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Karen Aguilar

Additional Online Resources

Susana Cabeza de Vaca