Grants for EU Citizens
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: FEBRUARY 1.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
All interested candidates must complete a preliminary application in order to assess their eligibility for the program.
Value of Award
- A monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of € 3,000
- 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
- Interested applicants should submit the preliminary application online as soon as possible before February 1, together with a CV and a one-page description of their proposed project, to determine their eligibility. NOTE: The preliminary application for Fulbright Schuman awards will be available November 1, 2013 – February 1, 2014. Please check back then to confirm your eligibility to apply for this award.
- Once approved, applicants must complete the final online application and upload all application materials – including post-secondary diplomas, letter(s) of affiliation, and three letters of recommendation – by March 1. TOEFL scores are only needed if the particular program you are applying to requires them; otherwise, your English proficiency will be determined during the mandatory in-person interview.
- Schedule an in-person interview with the Fulbright program in your country of citizenship or residence, to take place no later than March 15: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs/program-details-country
- Successful applicants will be notified by the first week of April at the latest