Fulbright Amazonia Research Awards

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 Fulbright Amazonia Research Awards! Application Deadline: December 20, 202, 5:00PM.  Visit: apply.iie.org/amazonia to apply!

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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.

Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will spend 18‐months engaged in addressing public‐policy research questions relevant to Amazon nations’ shared challenges. Program participants will focus their research on one of the following Fulbright Amazonia themes:

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

Eligibility Requirements

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 or activity relevant to the program’s themes and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright Amazonia Scholars.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they are applying and residing in the country at the time of application. Non‐U.S. applicants who have dual‐U.S. citizenship or who hold permanent residency “green cards”, whether or not they reside in the U.S., are not eligible. Since specific residency requirements vary from country to country, applicants should contact their local Fulbright office directly to determine their eligibility.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred, but not 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.
  • Applicants should have particular expertise and research experience in one of the identified thematic research areas.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Language proficiency of candidates must be discussed in nomination submissions to IIE.


Program activities will commence in June 2023 and conclude in December 2024. All grantees are expected to attend three seminar group meetings, complete a research visit to the U.S. for a minimum of six consecutive weeks and a maximum of three consecutive months, participate in monthly virtual plenary meetings, and maintain ongoing virtual communication with fellow grantees and lead scholars. The research visit must be completed prior to January 2025.

  • June 2023 – First Group Meeting and Orientation (to be held in Belem, Brazil)
  • Approximately April 2024 – Mid‐year Group Meeting (to be held in another Amazon country TBD)
  • December 2024 ‐ Final Group Meeting (to be held in Washington D.C.)

Application Notes

All applicants must complete and submit an online application:  https://apply.iie.org/amazonia

The following materials comprise a complete Amazonia Initiative application:

  • Application form
  • Statement of purpose (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letters of recommendation (two)
  • Letter of invitation (recommended but not required)*

* All recommended Fulbright Amazonia candidates who are funded will be affiliated at sites appropriate for the proposed work. In some cases, applicants will correspond with colleagues at institutions or research centers and, in effect, arrange their own placements. Applicants are welcome to provide a letter of invitation from a potential host institution. Scholars without proposed affiliations can be assisted by Fulbright Amazonia Co-Lead Scholars, IIE, Fulbright Commissions or Posts in finding appropriate hosts. Review committee members are welcome to suggest possible affiliation sites for the recommended candidates.

. More information can be found at: Fulbright Amazonia | Fulbright Scholar Program (fulbrightscholars.org)

The application period is currently open through December 20, 2022, 5:00PM. Please access application and additional information here: https://apply.iie.org/amazonia