6 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length8-10 Months
Ecuador is among the smallest countries in South America; nonetheless, it is a diverse and multiethnic country, and one of the five most bio-diverse countries in the world. Different cultures, languages, and realities offer innumerable opportunities for research and study.
The Fulbright Commission in Ecuador welcomes applications from recent graduates, young professionals, and artists in all fields of study. The grant is to conduct research projects of 8 to 10 months, affiliated with an Ecuadorian host institution (higher education institution, NGO, government offices or research institutes) that can provide support to the applicant.
Applicants should be able to share the diversity of the United States, have good intercultural and communication skills, and be adaptable to new environments. Well–defined projects with clear objectives and a clear work plan are appreciated.
Grant Length: From 8 to 10 months.
Grantees should plan to arrive between mid-August and early September 2024. Grantees who will enroll in or audit classes must make sure to arrive on time for the start of the semester.
Participation in Commission-led virtual pre-departure orientation activities and attendance at the in-country arrival orientation are mandatory for all grantees.
Applications from recent graduates, master's degree students, and doctoral candidates are welcome. Applications from all fields of study are accepted.
Degree Level of Applicant
Special Application Instructions
Doctoral candidates are welcome to apply as long as they will not complete their degree before the start of the grant period.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to communicate on a daily basis. Advanced level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should include plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant in the Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish-language instructor is also required.
For applicants proposing research about indigenous populations, basic-intermediate knowledge of the indigenous languages may be necessary, depending on the scope of the proposed project.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start
All independent research candidates must include in their application a letter of affiliation from a university, research institution, non-profit, or government research institute, by the application deadline. It is important that candidates identify an institution/organization that will provide strong support to their projects.
Graduate degree candidates must provide a letter of acceptance prior to the grant start.
Fulbrighters may take coursework at local institutions, but 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 for the duration of the program.
Affiliation fees are not covered by the Fulbright grant.
Grantees find their housing through Airbnb. The Commission can provide recommendations of safe neighborhoods and also provide information about previous places where grantees have stayed, mostly in Quito and the surroundings. If your project will take place in another province, we encourage grantees to request help from their affiliation institution.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
U.S. Fulbright Students must heed the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Ecuador. Projects or affiliations located in specific provinces or areas of Ecuador in which U.S. citizens are advised not to travel will not be approved. These locations may include the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, Guayas, and Sucumbíos. For the most up-to-date information, please review the Travel Advisory for Ecuador.