Western Hemisphere

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U.S. Scholar Roselyn Costantino, Guatemala
2010-2011 U.S. Scholar to Guatemala, Lisa Maya Knauer at lunch with the principal general and two other members of the alcaldia indigena in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.


The United States is linked to the countries of the Western Hemisphere by physical proximity, shared values, and vast cultural, commercial and demographic ties. Through decades of collaboration and partnership, Western Hemisphere nations have built strong networks that facilitate the efficient movement of knowledge, ideas and technology throughout the region.

With an increasingly diverse offering of awards, opportunities abound for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in original and pioneering research and teaching activities in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Most countries in the Western Hemisphere welcome applications from any field of study and offer broad and flexible opportunities through All Disciplines, Science and Technology and Social Sciences and Humanities awards.




2014-15 U.S. Scholar to Argentina, Steven Loheide
2012 U.S. NEXUS Scholar Katie Arkema with The Nature Conservancy in Colombia

Mexico: U.S. Studies
New opportunities are available at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) for U.S. scholars to teach undergraduate courses in English in order to generate knowledge about U.S. history, politics and other topics as well as build bi-national collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scholars, and mentor Mexican students.

Canada: Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Family Wellness
This Chair is designed specifically to attract and support extraordinary American researchers in a targeted area of academic inquiry who will take up residence, normally for one academic semester, at one of Alberta’s three research-intensive universities.

Colombia: Fulbright-National University Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
The primary objective of this Distinguished Chair is to promote, communicate and exchange new academic and research developments in the fields of biodiversity and sustainability.

Brazil: All Disciplines (Standard: 6455 and Postdoctoral: 6456)
Over 40 grants available for teaching or research across all disciplines and career stages.

Haiti: Economics
New award with Quisqueya University with a mission to prepare students for the different economic and social development tasks of the country, to respond in a most efficient way to the needs expressed by local communities, institutions and the markets, through research. The Economics and Administrative Sciences Department seek a scholar with a PhD in Economics, whose fields of research are at least one of the followings: Monetary policy, Financial institutions, Price Theory.

Ecuador: Science and Technology
Up to six grants available for teaching or research open to all levels of scholars in the Science and Technology fields.

Uruguay: Agriculture
Teaching/Research or Research opportunity with the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Uruguay.

  • These options, among many others, can be found in our Awards Catalog.


Quotes from Scholars

U.S. Scholar Roselyn Costantino, Guatemala
2014-2015 U.S. Scholar to Argentina, Steven Loheide auguring wells for pressure transducers to monitor ground water levels and digging holes for soil moisture sensors to monitor
the water content in the soil.

Argentina (Teaching, 2011-2012)
"Professionally, the Fulbright has given me an opportunity to look through a different lens at the work I have done for the past decade and a half as a program officer for the NIH."

Canada (Research, 2013-2014)
“Although many of my friends and colleagues in the U.S. scoffed at my plans to spend a semester in Canada, since they assumed that Canada was hardly “exotic” as other Fulbright destinations and merely an extension of the U.S., I am now in a position to stress that the Fulbright Canada program offers a wonderful opportunity to compare differences and similarities between nations that share a border. Precisely because of that shared border and influences in both directions, it is so important for U.S. scholars to understand more fully Canadian history, society, and culture, and to incorporate more material about Canada in their classrooms and research.”

Mexico (Research, 2010-2011)
"I was constantly inspired by the high quality of research happening in Mexico and hope that I have the opportunity to continue to interact with Mexican scientists in the near and long-term future.  The country was an amazing place to do research from a biological perspective (so much diversity!) and I would love to return at a future time to continue the work we have started.  This experience has enriched my perspective on the global importance of science and I plan to continue to engage in international collaborations based on my success with Fulbright."

Mexico (Research, 2010-2011)
"The Fulbright research and related activities critically expanded not only my research interests;  but as a result of the experiences and events of my residency I began to seek out new methodologies and frameworks for my fieldwork analysis within the interdisciplinary intersections of art and anthropology"

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Western Hemisphere can be found in the Scholar Directory.


Examples of Successful Projects

U.S. Scholar Roselyn Costantino, Guatemala
2012-2013 U.S. NEXUS Scholar to Argentina, Sharon Gourdji, dry season

Studying the Impacts of Dam Construction on Small Scale Resource Use Systems Within Brazil's Western Amazon
BRAZIL, Federal University of Rondonia, Porto Velho

Transforming Gender Violence in Multiethnic Ecuador: Women's Religious Diversity as Resource
ECUADOR, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Quito

Ideas in Transit: Catalan Contributions to the Construction of Modern Uruguay
URUGUAY, Latin American Center for Human Economics, Montevideo

Forest Soils: The Foundation for Sustainable Forest Management and Carbon Sequestration in Chile
CHILE, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago

Building Capacity in Social Medicine and Community-Based Research in El Salvador
EL SALVADOR, University of El Salvador, San Salvador

Transnational Communicative Practices and the Schooling Experiences of Border Students
MEXICO, College of Sonora, Sonora

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Western Hemisphere can be found in the Scholar Directory.




CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

  • Webinar - Virtual Advising: Ask CIES Everything You Want To Know About Fulbright Opportunities In Canada, Latin America And The Caribbean (April 30, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities in Canada (April 16, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities in Brazil (April 09, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Presentation and Workshop Schedule - CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check the schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at outreach@iie.org.


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The Fulbright Specialist Program also offers short-term grants ranging from two to six weeks that focus on addressing the needs of host institutions in various countries across the region. 



Contact Us


Katrin DeWindt, Assistant Director, kdewindt@iie.org, 202.686.6254
Jennifer Fox, Senior Program Officer, jfox@iie.org, 202.686.6239
Alisha Scott, Program Officer, ascott@iie.org, 202.686.4016
Anna Valiante, Program Coordinator, avaliante@iie.org, 202.686.4018


Regional staff listed in the Catalog of Awards