Fulbright’s US Student Program for the academic year of 2022-2023 is now open. Applications for the Fulbright / FLAD Open Study / Research Award are open until October 12th. Find out how to apply down below.

The Fulbright / FLAD Open Study / Research Award is designed to give U.S. citizens opportunities for personal development through educational and cultural exchange. For a period of up to 8 months, 2 to 3 grantees will be able to study and research in Portugal, in any field of study. 

Over the last decades, Portugal has seen remarkable progress in science and innovation, reflected in the quality of education offered at Portuguese universities. Internationalization and academic mobility are one of the priorities for Portuguese higher education institutions, which are increasingly attractive to a growing number of international students, scholars and researchers.

To learn more about Portuguese Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers, visit Study & Research in Portugal.


  • Well-qualified candidates, at all degree levels, who have completed a Bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant.
  • All fields of study are considered.
  • Grant activity is flexible and projects may include university coursework, scientific research in a research center, independent library, museum or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, or a combination of graduate study with independent research.
  • Excellent knowledge of Portuguese (intermediate to a high level of proficiency) is required.
  • Candidates must apply for a Temporary Stay Visa at the Portuguese Consular Network in the United States before traveling to Portugal.
  • Candidates are also responsible for arranging their own host affiliation and must submit letters of acceptance with their applications.

Eligibility conditions

  • Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.
  • Candidates enrolled in a graduate studies program in Portugal at the time of the application or in the subsequent academic year, or candidates who hold a valid visa during that period, are not eligible.
  • Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal.


  • Base Stipend: €10,000 (maintenance allowance, to be divided into 8 monthly installments of €1,250).
  • Travel Allowance: €850 (one-time payment, intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal, to be paid with the first monthly allowance).
  • In-Country Travel Supplement: €250 (one-time payment, intended as a contribution to travel in Portugal to participate in events organized by the Commission, to be paid with the first monthly allowance).
  • Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).
  • Housing: No housing allowance is available.
  • Dependents: Dependent support is not available.
  • Tuition: Tuition fees are not covered by the grant benefits.


The period of applications is until October 12th of 2021, for grants starting between October 1st, 2022, and May 31st, 2023.

Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Students Program website. For more information about the grant and what documents to attach to the application, please visit this link.

Any questions and/or additional information should be sent by e-mail to Dora Reis Arenga, US Program Manager at the Fulbright Commission Portugal, darenga@fulbright.pt.

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