Western Hemisphere Region: Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean
“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 25 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.
2015-16 Core Regional Highlights
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 theColombian 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.
- 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.
Business Administration – While many of the opportunities are in the Caribbean and Central America, interest for professionals and business faculty are prevalent throughout the region. Examples of awards in Business Administration include:
- Visiting Research Chairs in Business and Economics in Canada
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) – Projects in TEFL and Applied Linguistics are strongly encouraged 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.
Regional Awards – the Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies Award is the only multi-country award in the region. The award encourages participation from those in fields addressing the special trilateral relationship between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
For more information on opportunities in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact:
Katrin DeWindt, Assistant Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.686.6254
Jennifer Fox, Senior Program Officer, email@example.com, 202.686.6239
Alisha Scott, Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.686.4016
Anna Valiante, Program Coordinator, email@example.com, 202.686.4026