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, 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

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

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.


Core Award Highlights

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

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.

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


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.