5 Chile Science Initiative Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodMarch Start
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.
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.
All grantees must arrive prior to or at the beginning of March 2023 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 2023. Exceptions are exceedingly rare, given only for extraordinary research conditions (e.g., winter season glacier study) and must be approved by the Commission beforehand.
In-country enhancements usually take place in the first week of March.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
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.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must select "Chile Science Initiative Award" in the Award Name field of the application.