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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in Urban Renewal

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

The Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) looks for a scholar interested in collaborating with the School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAUUSP)’s in one of the aspects of its urban renewal project. The project in the central neighborhood of the city of Sao Paulo aims to establish methodological parameters for rehabilitation programs that include the current infrastructure and historical elements that have helped develop the city.

The FAUUSP project includes the following aspects:

- Public Policy Management: Strategies for the management and articulation of public policies for the elaboration of an urban renewal program.

- Limits and Potentialities: Public services and spaces, the industry of high technology, and social housing in a dialogue with the pre-existing cultural heritage, with no gentrification.

- Mobility and Sustainability: Study of the actual infrastructure and watersheds that make the landscape in historical sites of the city.

- Urban Heritage: Structuring elements of the local historical formation, identifying the records built in the space that remain in the landscape. History and geography of urban morphology (workers villages, factories, sheds, paths, urban fabric). Study of preexisting architecture in the central districts, language problems, templates, urban relations, density, and urban design.

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.

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
History, non- U.S.
Urban Planning/Studies
Areas of Interest

Architecture and Urbanism: Urban Renewal, Urban Design, Urban Heritage, Sustainability 

A focus on job creation and housing production for low-income or socially excluded groups

Special Features

For the award period, the Universidade of Sao Paulo 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. It 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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