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Opportunity for USA and International Scholars to Participate in a Program to Conduct Research Related to the Amazonian Basin

Fulbright Amazonia


GrantWatch ID# 205824
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/19/22
Deadline: 12/20/22 5:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA and International scholars and professionals to participate in a program to conduct collaborative research related to the Amazonian Basin. Eligible applicants are citizens and current residents of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, or the US. The initiative will build on efforts to conserve the Basin’s biodiversity while promoting innovative approaches that preserve Amazonian social and ecological health and community traditions.

Fulbright Amazonia will bring together applied researchers from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, the United States, and Venezuela to collaborate on action-oriented research with the goal of securing a sustainable Amazonian Basin. Working in multidisciplinary research teams, Fulbright Amazonia Scholars will explore socially relevant research questions and participate in group seminars and exchanges to inform actionable project outcomes and policies, directly improving the quality of life of communities throughout the Amazonian Basin. 

Fulbright Amazonia will provide a platform for 16 scholars from across the Amazon region and from the United States to address complex challenges in the region through collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and multi-disciplinary research in three main thematic areas:

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Strengthening Human and Environmental Health and Security
  • Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development

For more information on thematic areas, see the URL for Full Text. 

In addition to monthly virtual full-cohort meetings and regular virtual research activities within their assigned research teams, selected Amazonia scholars will undertake an individual exchange experience (a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three consecutive months), either in one or two visits.  U.S. scholars will travel to another participating country in the region, while scholars from Amazon countries will carry out their exchange visits in the United States.  All participants will  also be required to attend three in-person full-cohort plenary meetings: a kickoff gathering in Brazil, a mid-program meeting in another Amazon country, and a final culminating session in Washington DC.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Successful candidates will include scholars at all career stages, to include applied researchers, professionals, and Indigenous and traditional knowledge experts 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. Applicants must be actively engaged in an area of inquiry relevant to the program's themes and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and be prepared to engage in collaborative research projects with other Fulbright Amazonia Scholars.

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements unless specific exemptions apply.
- Non‐U.S. applicants must be citizens of and reside within one of the following eight South American nations at the time of application: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, or Venezuela. Applicants may only apply to the United States and cannot be dual citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- U.S. applicants must be U.S. citizens and reside in the U.S. at the time of application. Applicants may apply to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname (U.S. exchanges to Venezuela are not currently supported). U.S. applicants may be a dual citizen of the host country.
- A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred. The program is not intended for current graduate students/PhD candidates. For professionals and practitioners outside academe, a Master's degree and/or recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments and research experience are required.
- Preference will be given to early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sectors.
- Preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant. Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Applicants may apply for only one Fulbright Scholar regional program or country per academic year.
- Applicants should have particular expertise and relevant experience in one of the identified research areas and be willing to develop new collaborative research with other members of their thematic group.
- Non-U.S. Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English.
- Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy Post in the applicant’s home country.

Please note: US Scholar applicants who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.

Additional Geographic Information:

Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, the United States, and Venezuela

Pre-Proposal Conference
Fulbright Amazonia Launch Webinar: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 2:00 PM until 3:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

To Register: https://apply.iie.org/portal/scholar_webinars?id=fb64f88a-844f-48ee-b10d-00ad88348a5b

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Competition opens: September 19, 2022
- Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 5:00PM EST
- Selections announced: March 2023

Number of Grants
Approximately 16 outstanding applied researchers will participate in the inaugural cohort.

Estimated Size of Grant
In addition to the myriad professional development benefits that come with participation in this cohort program, Amazonia Scholars will receive a stipend ($40,000) to support their international travel and exchange visits.

Fulbright Amazonia Scholars will be provided ASPE health benefits for the periods of their exchange visits and their attendance at the three international program meetings.

Term of Contract
Fulbright Amazonia activities will begin in June 2023 and run for 18 months, through December 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online: https://apply.iie.org/amazonia

For questions, email amazonia@iie.org.

Fulbright Scholar Program
IIE - 1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.686.4000
Fax: 202.686.4029

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