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5 Chile Science Initiative Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
March Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Specialized Grant Types
  • Science/Public Health
Award Profile

Graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research are preferred. However, graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered with projects proposing audited coursework and a research project. The proposal for which courses to audit must be negotiated with your potential host in Chile, and should generally address methodologies that will be used in your work.  Please note that grantees cannot enroll in, nor do they receive credits for any classes audited.

Pursuant to the Commission's interest in supporting study at Chile's leading science centers, up to five grants will be awarded with preference toward Master's-level or Ph.D. students conducting study/research at one of the accredited institutions in Chile. Prospective applicants may contact the institution directly to determine if the proposed project is feasible.

Applications from candidates in science and technology fields are especially welcome. Topics concerning astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, biology, geology, food science, forestry, mining, oceanography, aquaculture, energy, biotechnology, physics, environmental sciences, ecology and chemistry are of particular interest.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
March Start

Grant Length: 9 months

All grantees must arrive prior to or at the beginning of March 2026 to conduct research for the full academic year. Grant dates must correspond to the academic year in Chile (March to November). The grant period starts with an obligatory enhancement organized by the Fulbright Commission in early March 2026. While you may note a preference for other start dates in your application, exceptions are exceedingly rare, given only for extraordinary research conditions (e.g., winter season glacier study); as such, after your application has been approved, any dates not starting in March must be approved in writing by the Commission in Chile. 

In-Country Orientation

In-country enhancements usually take place in the first half of March.

Candidate Profile

This award prioritizes master's or doctoral candidates for conducting academic research in Chile related to their thesis or dissertation, with At-Large candidates who recently completed a terminal master's degree also considered. Applicants should demonstrate a need for research in Chile and a binational impact. In Chile, strong project proposals, affiliation with a proposed host, community engagement plans, and relevance of activities are crucial, with proficiency in Spanish considered somewhat important but not detrimental. Candidates with only a bachelor's degree are welcome to apply, though must show some relevant professional experience if not otherwise currently enrolled. Recent graduates, master's, and doctoral candidates from all fields are encouraged.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Embark on a Transformative Journey in Chile: A Land of Diverse Opportunities

Immerse yourself in Chile, a captivating South American nation of 19 million people, boasting diverse landscapes, a rich cultural tapestry, and a stable democracy. From the geographical marvels stretching over 4,300 kilometers to a multicultural fusion of indigenous groups, Spanish descendants, and immigrant communities, Chile offers an extraordinary experience waiting to be explored.

A Holistic Scholarly Expedition in Chile: Navigating the Tapestry of Knowledge and Discovery

Embark on a multifaceted scholarly adventure in Chile, contributing to the preservation of its rich cultural heritage while unraveling the mysteries of the universe. Participate in hands-on projects in history, archaeology, and cultural preservation, engaging in archaeological digs, collaborating with museums, and actively promoting and safeguarding Chile's unique cultural legacy.

Simultaneously, explore Chile's extensive coastline for groundbreaking research in marine biology and oceanography. Take advantage of the Humboldt Current and diverse marine life to delve into the study of marine ecosystems, biodiversity, and climate change impacts, gaining invaluable insights while actively contributing to our understanding of the oceans. Engage in the ongoing discourse on gender equality in Chile, exploring reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and women's empowerment initiatives. Contribute meaningfully by collaborating with local women's organizations, attending gender-focused events, and conducting research that advocates for equality and women's rights.

Unlock the mysteries of the universe by leveraging Chile's world-class observatories in astronomy and astrophysics. Collaborate with local experts, participate in observatory programs, and conduct groundbreaking research in celestial phenomena, space exploration, and cosmology, all under the pristine Chilean skies. Additionally, contribute to research initiatives aligning with Chile's commitment to environmental conservation, exploring diverse ecosystems from the Atacama Desert to ancient forests. Foster cultural understanding by connecting with Chile's indigenous communities, engaging in cultural exchanges, and building respectful relationships with indigenous leaders. Simultaneously, explore the country's digital landscape, particularly in Santiago's vibrant startup scene, where scholars in computer science and digital marketing can seize collaborative opportunities with local tech companies and research institutions. This multifaceted expedition promises a transformative scholarly journey, where environmental conservation, cultural understanding, and cosmic exploration converge for a holistic and impactful exploration of Chile's dynamic landscape.

Cultural Immersion and Connection: Arts, Adventure, Language, and Vineyards

Immerse yourself in Chile's vibrant arts scene, explore adventure tourism opportunities, and partake in lively festivals like Valparaíso's street art and the vibrant celebrations of La Tirana and Fiestas Patrias. While Spanish is the official language, the varying proficiency of English across regions offers an opportunity for language learning and cultural exchange. Engaging with locals and participating in language programs not only deepens the connection with Chilean culture but also adds a dynamic layer to your unforgettable adventure.

Indulge in Chile's renowned wine culture, with visits to world-class vineyards in the Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, and Casablanca Valley. Grantees interested in viticulture and oenology can delve into the art of winemaking, appreciating the unique nuances of Chilean viniculture. This adds a sensory dimension to your cultural experience, making your journey in Chile truly enriching.

Public Health Initiatives and Social Entrepreneurship: Making a Positive Impact

Contribute to meaningful research in public health initiatives and social entrepreneurship. Chile's focus on healthcare and sustainable development provides grantees with opportunities to make a positive impact on the well-being of local communities.

Smooth Navigation for Grantees: Balancing Logistics and Well-being in Chile

As grantees embark on their academic journey in Chile, they may encounter variations in transportation reliability and living costs while navigating daily life. However, these considerations pale in comparison to the incredible experiences and opportunities that await those who choose to explore this captivating country.

While internet connectivity may vary, the unwavering warmth of Chilean hospitality remains constant. Grantees are encouraged to prepare for potential limitations in connectivity and prioritize health preparedness. Despite these considerations, Chile's steadfast commitment to public health initiatives ensures a safe and enriching experience throughout the scholarly expedition. This holistic approach to logistics and well-being sets the stage for grantees to fully immerse themselves in the academic, cultural, and personal enrichment that Chile has to offer.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select "Chile Science Initiative Award" in the Award Name field of the application.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Intermediate

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. Some programs may not require a high level of Spanish proficiency since much of the work at the institute is conducted in English. Applicants should be sure to determine the level of Spanish required for their project. Both the letter of affiliation and applicant's Statement of Grant Purpose should address the language issue, if proficiency is not required.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

Applicants must obtain a letter of affiliation from the contact or other faculty person at the institution, stating, at a minimum, that the applicant's background is sufficient and the proposal appears to be feasible.

The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Chile. Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation prior to submitting the application. In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., enrollment in classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project.

Please visit the website of the Fulbright Commission in Chile for further information on University Regional Research Centers in Chile that have expressed specific interest in hosting potential Fulbright Grantees, or visit the Chilean researcher or research network indices. While many of these Centers have a science and technology focus, the institutions themselves may also have potential as a possible host institution/affiliation. This is not intended as a comprehensive list.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1,370 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]
One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

$ [US Dollar]

$USD 2,000 will be provided for the purposes of the round-trip, economy-class airfare between the U.S. and Chile.

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

Please use the cost of living comparison calculator based on where your host university is located.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for arranging their own housing.  

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