Grants for EU Citizens

The Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange offers approximately 35 scholarships annually for study, teaching and research in the United States at the post-doctoral level. The awards vary from round-trip travel to grants covering all expenses for an academic year. Fulbright Schuman grants are open to citizens of all 28 EU Member States.

Note:  We are proud to announce a new category of Fulbright-Schuman grants: the Innovation grants which will reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with Academic Year 2017-2018 again focusing on Data Privacy and Protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.   If  your study/research topic fits this description, then your application will automatically be considered for these innovation grants during the current application cycle.  In addition to these innovation grants, there will be awards available in the general category.

If you have questions, please contact student@fulbright.be (if you have no PhD) or scholar@fulbright.be (if you already have a PhD or have significant work experience without having a PhD).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: DECEMBER 1 (noon Brussels time).

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

Types of grants available: grants for

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

There are grants available in the following categories: general grants & innovation grants.

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 period of 9 months. 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 and a maximum of 9 months, with preference being given to projects of 4 months duration.

Eligibility

Candidates must :

  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • be individually interviewed in English
  • be apt to benefit from the academic opportunity offered to them
  • be good representatives of their own country while they are in the United States
  • Proficiency in English and a minimum of 3 months experience in two or more Member States is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with 2 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. Grantees are expected to return to their own country upon completion of the project for which the award was made.

Please Note:

  • The Commission reserves the right to deem candidates with professional ties to Community institutions ineligible to apply.
  • If you don’t have a PhD, you should apply in the student category. If you have a PhD (or will get one by February 1, 2017), you can apply in the scholar category. People with significant work experience (5 years +) can also apply as in the scholar category.
  • Current employees or trainees at the European Commission are ineligible to apply until after the end of their contracts. 
  • Candidates in the United States at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who have spent significant amounts of time in the U.S. already are ineligible to apply.
  • EU citizens are only allowed to apply for one Fulbright grant per year. Applicants may not simultaneously submit applications for a Fulbright-Schuman award and a Fulbright award administered by their local commission.
  • 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.
  • Candidates to study must have completed a cycle of education beyond the secondary level at a recognized institution, with outstanding academic results.
  • 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.

Examples of previous applicants

Click here to see examples of previous 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 with at least a bachelor’s degree and no PhD.. Please note that while the monthly grant amount is in Euros, it will be converted to U.S. dollars at the exchange rates in force on the day of payment. Our goal is to avoid as much as possible exchange rate differences and high-cost internationals transfers, as well as meet requirements of participants. The European Community who subsidizes the Fulbright-Schuman program is very strict about the exchange rate. We must use the exchange rate published by the European bank on the day of transfer. As we do an automatic order (using the exchange rate of the date of the first instalment), we have to regularize the exchange differences on the final installment.
  • 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-December 1 (at noon), 2016. For those who advance to the final round a mandatory Skype interview is required. Applicants will be notified in late February.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants need to put “European Union” as the country of citizenship/program country when they fill out the online application for the Fulbright-Schuman program!

Application links (Sept 15-Dec 1): TBC

If you don’t have a PhD, you should apply in the student category. If you have a PhD (or will get one by February 1, 2017), you can apply in the scholar category. People with significant work experience (5 years +) can also apply as in the scholar category.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants need to put “European Union” as the country of citizenship/program country when they fill out the online application for the Fulbright-Schuman program!

Questions? If you are a student, please contact student@fulbright.be; if you are a scholar, you can contact scholar@fulbright.be.

Interview date:  TBC (all day)  via Skype only

Grants are also available for International Educators.

For a list of non-Fulbright grants, please check the following page.

Application Materials (graduate students):

The Fulbright application process is now entirely online; applications and supplemental materials mailed or e-mailed to the Commission will not be considered.  Complete Fulbright graduate award applications consists of:

  • the completed online application form
  • An “Americanized” Resume/CV
  • Transcripts from your most recent degree
  • Writing sample (for doctoral students only)
  • Test scores from any relevant exams taken (i.e. GRE/GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS)
  • 3 Recommendation Letters, uploaded by your references directly into the online application by the December 1 deadline. Please follow up with your referees to make sure that they have uploaded their letter!
  • 2 essays: Please note that you will need to address why you are applying for a Fulbright grant in your application. The Fulbright program is about mutual understanding: please explain very clearly in the application how you would carry out this mission.
  1. The Study/Research Objectives Essay, which asks candidates to “write a clear and detailed description of your study/research objectives, and give your reasons for wanting to pursue them. Be specific about your major field and your specialized interests within this field. Describe the kind of program you expect to undertake, and explain how your study plan fits in with your previous training and your future objectives,” – You must demonstrate in your essay that your topic is relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or the EU institutions and that it’s relevant to at least 2 EU countries – and
  2. The Personal Statement, which “should be a narrative statement describing how you have achieved your current goals. It should not be a mere listing of facts. It should include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, and career plans. Describe any significant factors that have influenced your educational or professional development. Comment on the number of years of practical experience already completed in the field in which academic work will be done in the U.S.”

Please note: We do not require any supplemental forms, letters from home institutions or official test results. No papers should be mailed to our office. (You may include test results in the appropriate application fields if you so desire.)

Applications without any of these materials will not be considered for an award. Candidates with strong completed applications submitted by the deadline will be invited to the Commission in January for a Skype interview in English.

The interview will include a discussion of your motivations for going to the U.S., your plans when you arrive, and how you will improve U.S.-EU relations as an alumni when you return. Successful candidates will demonstrate ambassadorial qualities, English proficiency, and the ability to explain their cultural and academic background in simple terms. The interview committee is composed of EU and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.

Selected grantees should be prepared to provide a passport for themselves and any accompanying dependents, admission/invitation letter, completed Fulbright medical form, and proof of additional funds to support themselves in the U.S. during the months following their selection and preceding their departure.

Application Materials (post-docs):

The Fulbright application process is now entirely online; applications and supplemental materials mailed or e-mailed to the Commission will not be considered. Please note that you will need to address why you are applying for a Fulbright grant in your application.  The Fulbright program is about mutual understanding: please explain very clearly in the application how you would carry out this mission. Complete Fulbright post-doctoral award applications consist of:

  • the online application form
  • CV
  • 3-5 page single-spaced project statement:  You must demonstrate that your topic is relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or the EU institutions and that it’s relevant to at least 2 EU countries .
  • 1-3 page bibliography of references relevant to the proposed research
  • Letter(s) of invitation from the U.S. host institution. This letter should contain the institution’s letterhead and mentioned the dates (or academic term) of your research stay.
  • Scans of passport and any previous J-visas held
  • Transcripts and diploma from your most recent degree
  • 3 Recommendation Letters, uploaded by your references directly into the online application by the December 1 deadline

Please note: We do not require any supplemental forms, letters from home institutions or official test results. No papers should be mailed to our office. (You may include test results in the appropriate application fields if you so desire.)

Applications without any of these materials will not be considered for an award. Candidates with strong completed applications submitted by the deadline will be invited to the Commission in January for a mandatory Skype interview in English.

The interview will include a discussion of your motivations for going to the U.S., your plans when you arrive, and how you will improve U.S.-EU relations as an alumni when you return. Successful candidates will demonstrate ambassadorial qualities, English proficiency, and the ability to explain their academic proposal in simple terms. The interview committee is composed of EU and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.