PORTUGAL: Fulbright Award in Performing Arts / Polytechnic of Lisbon

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    Fulbright Commission Portugal
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees can lecture and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.


Career Stage: This Award is open to academics, at any level, except early career. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D., or other terminal degree.

Disciplines: Music

Specializations: Composition; Analysis; Music Performance; Jazz; Music Technologies.

Additional Qualification Information: Applications are welcome from candidates from the areas of Composition and Analysis (20th Century and Contemporary Music), specialized in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Electronic Music, or mixed. Applications are also welcome from Music Performers and Music Technology Engineers.

Grant Activity: Grant activity includes the development of “Music Performance” (from Conducting to Voice or Instrument), “Composition” and “Jazz and Music Technologies” course syllabi, and may also include teaching classes, depending on the selected profile.

The teaching and research activity is designed for students from these Music areas and courses can be taught as seminar, can be individual (in the case of the composition) or in a class (in the case of analysis).

Host Institution in Portugal: Instituto Politécnico de LisboaEscola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.


Stipend: Maintenance allowance of €8,400 (corresponding to 3 monthly allowances of €2,800);

Travel: The Fulbright Commission offers a one-time payment travel allowance, intended as a contribution to international travel between the U.S.A. and Portugal:

  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for scholar;
  • Travel allowance of €1,100, for each dependent travelling with the scholar (round trip travel receipts are mandatory).

Dependents: The Fulbright Commission offers additional funding for dependents who stay with the scholar during the entire period of the grant:

  • A monthly maintenance allowance of €250 per dependent;
  • A monthly tuition allowance of €500 per child, when attending a private school (proof of enrollment is mandatory);
  • A one-time payment allowance of €300 per dependent, to cover for Portuguese language and culture classes (proof of enrollment is mandatory).

Insurance: Accidents and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Housing: The host institution will provide a monthly housing allowance of €750; host does not provide assistance in finding housing).

Other: The host will provide office space with access to computer, internet, email and phone. 


Grant Duration: Three months during AY2020/2021. Preferred starting month is March 2021, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.


United States citizenship. Dual U.S.-Portuguese citizens are eligible to apply but will only be considered if they don’t have extensive experience in Portugal.

Candidates residing in Portugal at the time of the application, or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Portugal.


Number of Grants: One Grant.

Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 16, 2019.

Informations: For more information about Fulbright grant opportunities for U.S. Scholars in Portugal, contact U.S. Program Manager, Dora Reis Arenga (darenga@fulbright.pt).

Applications: Applications must be submitted through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: https://awards.cies.org/content/fulbright-award-performing-arts-polytechnic-lisbon-ipl




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