Unlocking International Opportunities: UT Austin Portugal is offering ten internships through competitive call

The UT Austin Portugal Program is launching a call to fund short-term research visits at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) in the areas of Advanced Computing, Nanosciences and Technologies and Space-Earth Interactions. This year, selected candidates will be offered housing by the Program to reduce their overall mobility costs. 

The UT Austin Portugal Program remains committed to promoting knowledge exchange and research partnerships through mobility initiatives with the UT Austin.  2024 will be no exception and marks yet another opportunity for a new batch of researchers from Portugal to conduct research in the United States, specifically at the University of Texas at Austin, under the guidance of seasoned faculty and research staff for up to three months.  

A novelty of this edition is UT Austin’s additional financial support to admitted candidates. The U.S. counterpart will be providing accommodation for the duration of internships, and covering the costs associated with obtaining a SEVIS number, a precondition to apply for a J1 Scholar Visa. These measures coupled with the financial assistance granted to selected researchers through the Program’s office in Portugal will significantly reduce their upfront investment and the usual challenges international mobility poses. 

Since the onset of Phase 3, the Program has already funded over 30 short-term research internships at UT. With this Call, the number of researchers from Portugal benefitting from an immersive experience in the UT Austin ecosystem will rise and should pave the way for more transatlantic partnerships. Indeed, research mobility, even if for short periods, can lay the groundwork for long-standing relationships between former hosts and interns. The Program gathers evidence of this success throughout its decade-long journey.  

This year, the Call will fund internships in the areas of Advanced Computing, Nanosciences and Technologies and Space-Earth Interactions. Clean Energy emerges as a subtopic in this Call, provided that it intersects with one of those main areas. More information will be provided at an online information session, on April 10, at 2.30 p.m. (Lisbon time) and on our FAQ page.