Grants for EU Citizens

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: DECEMBER 1.

Please note that these grants are limited to projects dealing with U.S.-EU relations or EU affairs.

I. GRANTS FOR RESEARCH OR UNIVERSITY STUDY:

Grants for

  • Graduate Study
  • Pre-Doctoral Research
  • Post-Doctoral Research
  • University Lecturing

Awards are available to candidates from any of the Member States wishing to study, research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. The results of eligible projects must be relevant to at least two EU member states; projects that do not meet this requirement should be submitted through the Fulbright Program in the applicant’s country of citizenship. Prior to submitting their application, candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center in the United States. Candidates may propose to stay at more than one institution during their grant, although they should provide a clear plan and justification for doing so.

Student grants are normally for a minimum period of one academic year. However, applications for pre-doctoral research for a minimum period of 6 months will also be considered.

Research and lecturing awards are for a minimum period of 3 months, maximum one academic year, with preference being given to projects of four months duration.

Eligibility

  • Proficiency in English and a minimum of three months experience in two or more Member States is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree. EU professionals and professionals in training (decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration) are encouraged to apply.

Please Note:

  • The Commission reserves the right to deem candidates with professional ties to Community institutions ineligible to apply.
  • Candidates in the United States at the time of application are not eligible to apply
  • EU citizens are allowed to apply for grants from their home Fulbright office and the Fulbright Schuman program simultaneously. However, any grantees who are selected for a local AND Fulbright Schuman award must choose to accept only one.
  • European candidates must travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, so dual U.S./EU citizens are not eligible to apply for the EU award. If interested, dual citizens may apply to the U.S. Fulbright Schuman program at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/ or http://www.cies.org/fulbrightagency.htm.
  • Departures normally take place between August 1 and March 31. Special authorization must be sought in order to leave at another time of the year.
  • Applications for study and research should be made while candidates are in correspondence with specific institutions concerning affiliation and financial support. No awards can be confirmed until candidates have submitted written evidence that they will dispose of adequate funds to carry out their plans in the United States.
  • Scholars who have previously held a J visa in the professor or research scholar category are not eligible for sponsorship again in those two categories for a period of 24 months following the program sponsorship end date.
  • Recipients of Commission awards must travel on U.S. Government-sponsored “Exchange Visitor” J visas. They may not travel on any other. Please note that anyone admitted as an Exchange Visitor to the United States must return to his/her country of permanent legal residency for two years before returning to the United States as a permanent resident, temporary worker or trainee, or intra-company transferee. A list of documents that fulfill the proof of legal residency requirement for each EU country can be found here: http://prado.consilium.europa.eu/en/searchByIssuingCountry.html. If you are able to provide proof of legal residency for a country other than your country of citizenship, you will need to include a scan of this document in the final online application.
  • Croatian citizens are eligible to apply to the 2014-2015 Fulbright Schuman program. Candidate experience in Croatia will also help satisfy the requirement for “significant experience in at least 2 EU member states”.

Click here to see examples of successful applicants

Value of Award

  • A monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of € 3,000 for those with a PhD or mid-career professionals and A monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of € 2,000 for those working on their PhD
  • An allowance of € 2,000 for travel and relocation costs
  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Sickness and accident insurance

The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at € 29,000. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity

Application Process

Interested applicants can complete the form starting September 15-November 30, 2014. The application will be available on this website starting September 15. For those who advance to the final round a mandatory skype interview is required. Applicants will be notified in late February.