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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in Marine Biology and Oceanography

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

The scholar will be expected to collaborate and interact with faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students in the field of Oceanography, Marine Biology, Ecology, and Geology. In addition to performing research, this interaction can include teaching activities in the graduate programs of Ecology, Geology, and Environment and Development. Teaching activities should not exceed three hours per week.

The host institution, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), supports cutting-edge research that provides novel insights on how the ocean and marine life deal with synergistic impacts of global climate change and local-scale stressors. Such research encompasses a wide range of disciplines from the molecular to the habitat level and includes empirical, experimental, and modeling approaches.

For further information about this award, please visit the Fulbright Commission website.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length and Period

Three to four months; for Flex awards see Flex description

First possible start date: July 1, 2022

Last possible end date: September 30, 2023

Be aware that most institutions take a recess between December and January. For Flex awards, please see the Flex Option section.


Oceanography and Limnology Department at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), campus of Natal.

Marine Biology and Oceanography, focusing on Marine Geology, Fisheries, and Biodiversity, are among the research priorities at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), campus of Natal, located on the Northeastern shore of Brazil.

Much of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean's dynamics and biodiversity remains to be unraveled, likewise its future trajectories facing current threats. Given the climate crisis and its impacts on marine ecosystems and considering the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the university aims to strengthen and expand marine research focusing on quality and impact. 

Flex Option
Flex Description

Flex awards allow the stay to be split into two visits of two months each between July 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023. There must be a period of at least two months between the two in-country stays.

Discipline Type
Only projects in the following disciplines will be considered
Areas of Interest

- Marine biology
- Climate change and ocean dynamics
- Experimental and modeling approaches on the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems
- Marine pollution: heavy metals, contaminants, sewage, plastic waste
- Molecular ecology of marine organisms: microbiomes, holobionts, population connectivity, evolution, and gene expression
- Patterns and processes in marine community ecology and ecosystem functioning
- Geohabitat mapping and benthic habitats


Special Features

For the award period, UFRN will arrange housing at no additional cost for the scholar. Estimated housing costs at a medium priced hotel or Airbnb in a good location is U$ 1,200 per month.  UFRN will also provide an English speaking student to help the scholar settle in.

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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