The competition is closed
Deadline: April 1, 2014

The 2012-2013 NEXUS Cohort visited Capitol Hill to meet with House and Senate Committee Members to share the successes of individual and collaborative research projects.

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (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.

At its core, the Fulbright NEXUS Program fosters collaborative and multidisciplinary research to address challenging regional issues and produce tangible results.

  • Twenty outstanding scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad will be selected as Fulbright NEXUS Scholars to participate in the program through an open competition. Five of the scholars will be selected from the United States, five from Brazil, and the remaining ten will come from other Western Hemisphere countries. Lead Scholars Dr. Daniel M Kammen and Dr. Sergio Pacca will provide intellectual leadership to the 2014 NEXUS Scholars.  Program activities will commence in June 2014 and conclude in May 2016.
  • The Fulbright NEXUS Program will provide a platform for scholars from across the region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of five areas:


    • Renewable Energy, including Micro-Grid Innovations;
    • Social and Behavioral Adaptation to Climate Change;
    • Measuring Climate Change and its Impact (Metrics and Standards);
    • Climate Change and Food and Water Security


  • NEXUS Scholars will work in research teams in the program thematic areas described above. Scholars will engage in multidisciplinary group research as members of multinational teams. In addition to the Lead Scholars, each of the NEXUS research teams will select a coordinator to lead their respective groups. For examples of previous group projects, click here.
  • Prospective applicants should be advised that at the time of application they will be expected to identify up to three potential stakeholders from a range of sectors (i.e. NGOs, government, private industries) that would make a substantive contribution to the group research and be committed to ensuring relevant research projects are implemented in the United States, Brazil, or elsewhere in the region.
  • At the beginning of the program, an initial orientation meeting will be held in Brasilia. This will provide the Lead Scholars and research teams the opportunity to launch the collaboration and establish guidelines and goals.
  • The research teams will share progress to date and initial outcomes at a mid-term meeting that will be hosted by another country in the Western Hemisphere
  • At the end of the program, NEXUS Scholars will convene for the third and final meeting in Washington, DC to share the results of their collaborative work and report on the accomplishment of program objectives and the national and regional implications of their findings. Scholars will disseminate policy-relevant recommendations, describe the concrete steps they have taken in implementing their projects and models at the local, national and/or regional level, and share the progress they have made and challenges they have faced in moving their recommendations from theory to practice.
  • Fulbright NEXUS Scholars will receive funding in the amount of USD$35,000 for the duration of the program. This allowance is intended to support travel to all program meetings, travel and maintenance for the exchange visit, research materials and assistance for grantees only. Accommodations and meals for program seminar meetings will be covered separately. Grants will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.

Fulbright NEXUS will be funded jointly by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Studies (CAPES).

Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

Program activities will commence in June 2014 and conclude in May 2016.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (All day)

All eligibility requirements apply at time of application.

  • Who's Eligible

    Successful candidates will include rising scholars or practitioners active in the academic, public or private sectors that demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to one of the designated research themes.

Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through a participating Fulbright Commission or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the home country.

The competition is closed

December 4, 2013 | Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Program Competition Opens
April 1, 2014 | U.S. and Visiting Scholar Application Deadline
May 2014 | Finalists notified of select or non-select decisions
August 16 - 20 | First group meeting and orientation hosted by Fulbright Brazil
June 2015 | Mid-year group meeting (Host and Dates TBA)
May 2016 (Dates TBA) | Final group meeting (Washington, DC)

Previous NEXUS Programs / Program History

In the context of an increasingly globalized world, the Western Hemisphere faces shared opportunities and challenges that require societies to be open to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the generation of new knowledge that transcends national boundaries. To achieve inclusive prosperity and national well-being, nations must fully utilize the creativity and dynamism of all sectors of their economies and societies.  Effectively addressing pressing public policy issues in the region requires that knowledge and solutions be generated through the synergistic efforts of governments, the private sector, and civil society. The Fulbright program has long pioneered exchange programs that promote cooperation among these sectors to increase mutual understanding and address critical global issues.

Building upon this tradition and the experience of its first cohort of scholars, the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will offer a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that will be multi-national, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sectoral in scope; it will encourage the formation of new networks of scholars, practitioners and applied researchers, thereby fostering concrete collaborative ventures with long-term regional impact. Combining cutting-edge theory with meaningful applied research in an array of fields, the Fulbright NEXUS program will create a network of experts who will seek synergies through individual and team-based multi-disciplinary research with potential for immediate and practical application, as well as provide a forum to spark new avenues for collaboration, share best practices, cultivate multi-sector partnerships, promote indigenous solutions, deepen regional ties, and foster private-public ventures.

The Fulbright NEXUS Program builds on successes and lessons learned from established Fulbright models, including the worldwide Fulbright New Century Scholars program, the Fulbright Lab to Market programs, and the latest Fulbright social entrepreneurship enrichment seminars. It also draws on current U.S. foreign policy initiatives that promote the sharing of best practices to fight poverty and inequality in creative, market-driven and socially responsible ways. As the region continues to be plagued by the largest income gap in the world, initiatives such as Pathways to Prosperity, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, and the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) converge to respond to the regional imperative of expanding broad-based economic opportunity to all citizens.