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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards


Fulbright Award in Data Science (AIR CENTRE) / Universidade do Minho

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

Computer science has widely branched out into a number of specialized disciplines. Focused and continuous research in each one of them has allowed a number of important scientific advances. However, it is often challenging to take advantage of the collective accumulated knowledge in a transversal, inter-disciplinary fashion.

In the current technological landscape, it is possible to identify a multi-disciplinary area of research that has swiftly emerged: data science. Naturally, data science greatly depends on machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques and mechanisms but it cannot further develop itself without taking advantage of bleeding edge distributed systems, data visualization techniques or data management systems. 

Notwithstanding the effort to have specialists from different disciplines working together, there are still significant gaps of language, understanding and lack of collaboration between software infrastructure developers and machine learning algorithm designers and practitioners.

In the context of this grant, the selected scholar is expected to be an expert in the practical application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for data science. In particular, the selected scholar is expected to give lectures, organize workshops and collaborate in research efforts with the objective of providing insight and training on such topics to practitioners from different backgrounds. The ultimate goal of these activities is to allow experts in areas such as data management and distributed systems to better understand the technological requirements and challenges of data science.

In a coordinated, multi-disciplinary environment the scholar is expected to engage in research activities that provide advancements in data science from a holistic and integrated perspective. To achieve this, the scholar should demonstrate mastery of the domains of machine learning and artificial intelligence from an application point of view and be able to provide training on applied technological workflow. In detail, the scholar is expected to provide training to practitioners in other areas on how to choose, configure, enhance and apply learning techniques to specific problems.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
3 months
Grant Dates

Staring dates are flexible: preferred starting month is September 2019, as agreed with the Portuguese host institution.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:
Computer Science

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Differential privacy

Privacy-preserving machine learning

Special Features

The host (with FCT support) will contribute €750/month for housing expenses or provide housing in an apartment or residence for scholars. The host institution will provide computer facilities, internet access and e-mail, office space, access to laboratory facilities, car transportation.

Number of Grants
Core (Open to all levels of scholars, except early career)
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Analyst

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