30 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFebruary Start
Grant Length9 Months
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, 2023 should apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, see www.cies.org.
Grant Length: 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 2024. Alternate start dates will not be considered, except in the most extraordinary circumstances.
Four days between February and early March 2024.
The following attributes are very important in the selection of Finalists for this award: presenting a strong, well-defined project proposal; demonstrating a solid working relationship with a proposed affiliate in the application; clearly outlining plans for engagement with the host community; and expressing the relevance of the proposed grant activities to the applicants’ future plans.
Proficiency in Portuguese is considered somewhat important in the selection of Finalists; while it enhances the strength of an applicant, weak or lacking Portuguese proficiency will not harm an applicant’s chances of being offered an award.
Exceptions will be granted for short-term residency in the host country for formal language learning, and for no more than three months in the 12 months prior to the start of the grant.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Consider the information below if your research will rely on connections from outside your host institution:
Level: Intermediate Portuguese - 2 years of college-level study or equivalent prior to commencing the grant OR Advanced Spanish - 3 years of college-level study in Spanish or the equivalent prior to commencing the grant, plus an 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 the time of application and the commencement of the grant via the 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 the 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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
All applications must include a letter of affiliation. All candidates should state their host institution preferences in the application form.
All candidates must have an affiliation with an academic institution or research institute. Additional affiliations with non-profit organizations, archives, or governmental agencies are acceptable and may be desirable depending on the nature of the candidate's proposal. Final selection 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 ones.
Graduating seniors and recent graduates must affiliate with a Brazilian academic institution and register in at least one class, preferably two, per semester. Master's degree and Ph.D. candidates must also initiate contact with the host institution of preference before applying.
We encourage candidates to contact the chosen Brazilian institution to discuss interests, project feasibility, and availability to host them for the proposed award period.
Candidates should not wait until near the application deadline to contact the Brazilian institution of their choice to obtain a letter of invitation. If that will be the first time communicating with a potential Brazilian host, be aware that receiving a response can take longer than expected.
The letter of invitation can include:
- Indication that courses related to the applicant's interests will be available during the grant period (for graduating seniors and recent graduates only).
- Confirmation of the Brazilian institution's interest in hosting the candidate.
- Confirmation that the candidate will have access to the institution's facilities and services.
- Information about project feasibility in regards to language skills, research clearance, and any further relevant information. Please see the Research Clearance section below for more details.
- Information on how the proposed project can impact ongoing activities in the Brazilian host institution.
- Information about a possible collaboration with or support from other organizations that are part of the host affiliate network.
The above list aims to help the applicant with the conversations with a potential affiliate. The Commission does not require it to be in the letter, and while they can be helpful in the selection process, the lack of them will not damage any application.
Letters can be in Portuguese or English. If the letter is in Portuguese, the applicant must include an English translation and the original letter with the application.
Research Clearance Instructions:
Candidates must discuss with their intended Brazilian affiliation how to apply for research clearance if their project plans contemplate:
- Interview sessions
- Research with indigenous communities or in protected areas
Please note that in some cases, obtaining research clearance may take a minimum of ten months.
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 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.
This award is co-sponsored by CAPES, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education.