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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards, Interdisciplinary Network

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards, Interdisciplinary Network are pre-arranged affiliations to host exceptional scholars who conduct research relevant to any of five Brazilian partner universities countrywide. These partner universities are interested in hosting Distinguished Scholars and encouraging them to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community. Scholars can conduct their own research, work collaboratively with Brazilian colleagues, guest-lecture, mentor students, network, and promote their research while representing the United States, the Fulbright Program, and their home and partner universities. Teaching activities, if any, should not exceed three hours per week.

The applicant must select one partner university from the list below and indicate their choice in the application form. If selected, the scholar will develop their work at the chosen partner university and be granted the opportunity to join the Fulbright Interdisciplinary Network (FIN)

Fulbright Award in Racial Studies at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
Specializations: Ethnic and Racial Studies with Interests in Slavery and Slave Resistance in the African Diaspora; Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Inequality in Income, Education, Health, and Housing; Structural Racism in Contemporary Society; Cultural and Artistic Diversity among Ethnic and Racial Groups; African Societies from the Slave Trade Era to Contemporary Globalization.

Fulbright Award in Law and Political Sciences at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) 
Specializations: International Law; Comparative Law; Legal History; Law and Technology. International Politics; Comparative Politics; Security, Peace and Conflicts; Foreign Policy; Political institutions; International Organizations. 

Fulbright Award in Sustainability at the Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA)
Specializations: Energy efficiency; Waste Management; Environmental Management; Entrepreneurial Education; Development and Industrial Policies; Social Responsibility; Information Technology.

Fulbright Award in Languages and Identities at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
Specializations: Languages; Identities; Literature; Education; Human Rights; Gender; Coloniality and Decoloniality; Ecological Theories and Local and Global Communities.

Fulbright Award in International Relations​ at the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)
Specializations: International Relations​ with interest in Global Racism; Gender Studies; Anti-racist Public Policies; Dialogues with Social Movements. 

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.

Locations Text

Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia  

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 

Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA) in Belem, Para  

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina  

Universidade de Brasilia (UnB) in Brasilia, Federal District  

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
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all disciplines as long as the proposed research is relevant to the topics identified by one of the five host universities. 


Special Features

The Fulbright Interdisciplinary Network (FIN) is a unique initiative to promote innovative partnerships, expand bilateral education ties, and strengthen long-term U.S.-Brazil institutional linkages through a qualified dialogue about strategic U.S.-related topics within Brazilian society and disseminate these topics to a larger audience. 

To achieve these goals, the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil are funding the FIN. The scholar will be able to participate in online and onsite activities, e.g., seminars, conferences, and roundtable discussions, at the five partner universities countrywide and diversify their knowledge about Brazil. The Fulbright Commission will cover all events and domestic travel arrangements.

For the award period, the partner university will arrange housing at no additional cost for the scholar. 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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