Western Hemisphere Region: Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean

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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.

“While I was fairly well traveled before my experience, I had never lived fully immersed in such a different culture. Doing so broadened and deepened my perspective on the human condition and how to pursue a more fully realized life.”-- U.S. Scholar to Chile

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 in approximately 27 countries, 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.

Through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, past grantees to the region have:

  • mentored students and built capacity in Paraguay by training future zoologists
  • provided important insights into differences between U.S. and Canadian perspectives on free trade and protectionism, nationalism and patriotism
  • studied the conflict between commercial fisheries and marine mammals in Argentina
  • fostered civic engagement through partnerships for pre-service and practicing teachers from the U.S. and Guatemala
  • preserved linguistic and cultural knowledge of ancient Mexican peoples
  • paved the foundation for future exchanges between faculty and students from Washington University and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese may be desired for some awards.  In some instances, English may be acceptable. Please consult with the appropriate CIES Program Officer to inquire more about language requirements.

New Awards for 2015-2016

Professor William Morris, Department of Biology, Duke University. Host: Mendoza, Argentina

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program has expanded throughout the Western Hemisphere region, opening programs in three new countries while adding new awards to existing programs.

  • All Disciplines Award, Belize: Grant opportunities invite applied researchers, academics and professionals to teach and/or conduct research in all major disciplines. Preferred disciplines include: Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Education, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Information Sciences, Language and Literature (non-US), Mathematics, Public/Global Health, and Social Work.
  • All Disciplines Award, Bahamas: Grant opportunities invite academics to teach and/or conduct research in all major disciplines. The College of The Bahamas is seeking applications in Environmental Sciences.
  • All Disciplines Award, Guyana: Grant opportunities invite academics to teach and/or conduct research in all major disciplines. Preferred disciplines include: Agriculture, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Education, Environmental Sciences, History (non-U.S.), Linguistics, and Mathematics.
  • U.S. Studies Award, Mexico: Grantees are intended to enhance studies and research projects on the U.S. within Mexican higher education institutions. This award invites academics to teach and/or conduct research in the following disciplines: American History, American Literature, American Studies, Area Studies, Economics, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.
  • Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Family Wellness, Canada: The Norlien Foundation, in partnership with Fulbright Canada, has established a program in the area of brain science, addiction 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.

2015-16 Core Regional Highlights

Syad Akhtar, Professor, Marquette University, Business Administration, Host: Cave Hill, Barbados

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are a priority across the region, especially in environmental studies and related specializations.

  • Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program: The governments of Brazil and the United States forged the Brazil-U.S. Partnership for the 21st Century, designed to continue to grow economic, educational and innovation ties between the two countries. Grant opportunities invite applied researchers, academics and professionals to teach or conduct research in all STEM fields.  Proficiency in Portuguese is not required for these awards.
  • Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award: With the support of the Colombian government’s Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, up to five grants are available for junior and tenured scholars in the areas of energy, water resources, biotechnology, nanotechnology, infrastructure, health, transportation and urban development, agriculture, agro ecology, information technology, aerospace and security technologies.
  •  Science and Technology Award, Mexico:  The rich, dynamic relationship between the United States and Mexico offers plentiful opportunities for scholars interested in conducting research or teaching at the university level on issues of relevance for both countries. The U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS) promotes the development of networks of individuals and institutions that stimulate research and teaching on important themes related to the bi-national agenda. All STEM disciplines are encouraged with the exception of Medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry.
  • Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Award in Public Health: To train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs, early career scholars will conduct public health research in resource-limited settings. Scholars will be affiliated at sites registered with the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Peru.
  • Research Chairs Program: Multiple opportunities exist for scholars and professionals to focus on research projects at some of Canada’s leading universities. The awards are arranged thematically and identify key specializations for the individual chair opportunities at each participating location.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) – Projects in TEFL and Applied Linguistics are strongly valued in the Western Hemisphere. To apply, please consult the individual country page within the Global TEFL Award for details. Please note that the activity of these awards is to train teachers of English and advise on TEFL curriculum development, as opposed to teaching English.

Post-Doctoral Awards – Many countries in the region welcome applications from early career applicants (within five years of obtaining their Ph.D.); Brazil and Canada have designated research awards.

Regional Awards

  •  Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies Award: the only multi-country award in the region, allowing scholars to work in both Canada and Mexico. The award encourages participation from applicants in fields that address the special trilateral relationship between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
  • 2014 Fulbright Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program: The Fulbright NEXUS program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States, Brazil and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. The application deadline for the 2014 Fulbright NEXUS program is April 1, 2014

For more information on opportunities in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact:

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

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.