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.


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.

Dominican Republic (Teaching/Research, 2013-14)
“I consider the Fulbright experience to be an invaluable asset to my academic career.”

El Salvador (2014-15)
“My Fulbright experience has been extremely important for me, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to live and work in El Salvador. In addition to providing me interesting and meaningful work and cultural exchange, I also greatly enhanced my Spanish language skills and found material for new creative work. I made friends and established new professional contacts. I was also able to provide an intercultural experience for my daughter, who learned that one cannot always trust the limited perspective of media to give an accurate portrait of other countries or cultures. One must experience the world first hand to begin to understand it.”

Honduras (Research, 2014-15)
“I can honestly say that going to Honduras for 8 months was the absolute best thing I could have done, both personally and professionally, at this time in my life. I was getting really burnt out from the demands and stress of my university job, and I needed not only a break in routine but also time to do research. My time in Honduras provided me with both. It also gave me time to take care of myself. I got twice the amount of sleep there that I had been getting back home for years; I walked everywhere instead of driving, and I got involved in social and athletic activities on campus at Zamorano - dancing, hiking, swimming and running. In the end, without even trying, I lost 70 pounds during those 8 months and came back home in great shape and extremely well-rested! In addition, I came home with tons of data to write up from three great research projects, and while I was gone I found the time and energy to finish and submit for publication several papers that had been on my desk for years.”

Mexico (Research, 2010-11)
"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"

Peru (Teaching/Research, 2013-14)
"The Fulbright experience played a transformative role in my life and that of my family. For me, professionally I now have new contacts in Peru and a new appreciation for the research that has been done by South American colleagues. I was already working some in the Amazon region, but this experience of spending four months in Peru has now solidified my interests to make Amazonian research a main part of my career for the next few decades. I'm also hoping to take on new Peruvian graduate students in the future, and I have already prepared two new proposals for research with colleagues in Peru."

Trinidad and Tobago (Teaching, 2014-15)
"The Fulbright year has given me the time and support to do the research, teaching, and community work that I plan to continue for years to come.”

  • 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

Water Management and Pollution Prevention in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Process Engineering Approach
BRAZIL, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Counting on Care: Canada's Challenge in Tracking and Reporting Aboriginal People's Health Care and Status
CANADA, McGill University, Montreal

Advancing Fault Zone Education in Chile and the United States
CHILE, University of Concepcion, Concepcion

Contextualizing Social Work Education and Understanding Life Plans of Marginalized Youth
COLOMBIA, University of Cartagena,  Cartagena

Developing an English for Academic Purposes Program in an Institute of Higher Education
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Santo Domingo

Agroecology Curriculum for Sustainable, Small-Scale Farming Systems
PANAMA, Santa Maria La Antigua University, Panama City

  • 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.

  • 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.


Contact Us



Hilary Hartley, Regional Lead, Canada, Central America, Mexico and Ecuador, hhartley@iie.org
Alisha Scott, Program Officer, Brazil and Uruguay, ascott@iie.org
Maria Gahan, Program Officer, Argentina, Bolivia, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, mgahan@iie.org
Hilary Price, Program Coordinator, Western Hemisphere, hprice@iie.org


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