One award is offered jointly by Greece and Spain. Greece and Spain share historical and cultural links dating back to ancient times. These include the Sephardic Jewish community of Greece (with its Ladino language and musical traditions), as well as the renowned Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco.
The Commission responds to the demand in Spain for visiting professionals by sponsoring U.S. senior lecturers and researchers at host institutions that largely benefit from their experience, different perspectives, training and educational culture and with the goal of establishing long-lasting partnerships.
Spain is perhaps one of the most historically multi-ethnic nations in Europe. University students increasingly come from a wide variety of other countries, providing viewpoints in studies and discussions that are often unique and enriching for U.S. scholars. Research groups are usually multicultural and English is the work language. Teaching is primarily geared toward graduate students, but the visiting scholar usually has the opportunity to work with faculty on curriculum development. Research / teaching proposals will be evaluated not only for their excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding and future collaboration between Spain and the United States.
The academic year in Spain broadly runs from September to June, with breaks during the Winter and Spring holidays. Research activity continues during July, whereas August is a very quiet month.
Language proficiency should be commensurate with the project scope. Please discuss this point with your host institution beforehand, and ask specifically whether a language other than Spanish is widely used in the area (Catalan, Basque or Galician). Researchers are usually fluent in English while there are wide differences in the students' English proficiency. For day-to-day life, some knowledge of Spanish is useful, especially in smaller cities and towns.
Prospective applicants may contact the Spanish Fulbright Commission for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fulbright.es.
You can find some general facts about Spain at this link.
The U.S.- Spain Fulbright Commission provides wide support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues such as the visa process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, it cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions.
Please note that candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter, are not eligible for the Fulbright program in Spain.
The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program is an important component of the Fulbright Foundation's mission to bring outstanding scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to Greek institutions of higher learning and state or private organizations in order to promote cultural and educational ties between the two countries through scholarly interaction and collaboration.
Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliation(s) in Greece and submit letters of invitation indicating name/position of host and details on collaborating organization/institution. Information about Greek universities and awards can be found at the Fulbright Foundation in Greece website. English is sufficient for teaching/lecturing; however, knowledge of Greek is useful.