International Educator Grants

Grants are also available for international education professionals at European universities who are interested in conducting research at a U.S. university on an issue related to international higher education and/or best practices in the field.

Research projects should provide a comparative US-EU perspective on global issues within international higher education and/or share best practices within the field. Candidates may consider their contacts from conferences such as NAFSA and EAIE as potential host institutions.

  • Previous award recipients have studied:
    Implications of universal design for international education
    Best practices for study abroad programs concerning students with disabilities
    Legal and cultural differences between the U.S. and EU

Example 1: A Dutch citizen and Coordinator of the Faculty of Humanities International Office at the University of Amsterdam spent four months in the US at the University of Connecticut on a Fulbright-Schuman grant. Her research specifically centered around the implications of universal design for international education, best practices for study abroad programs concerning students with disabilities, legal and cultural differences between the U.S. and EU, and mental health issues associated with these subjects. In collaboration with a colleague, she developed a concept entitled “Universal Design.” They have already published one paper on this concept, and are planning to write one to two more. She engaged in intensive collaboration with her home university in the U21 network, and intends to continue expanding this collaboration through a working group on human rights and disabilities.

Example 2: This Fulbright Schuman grantee received the award while he was the International Programs Coordinator at Masaryk University (MU) in Brno, Czech Republic. He earned a Master of Science in Geography there in 2006 and when he became a program officer for the school, came to be interested in initiating a stronger connection with MU’s partner school, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC). His Schuman award allowed him to travel to UTC, to better understand American educational culture and to investigate why the existing exchange between MU and UTC was declining, not well promoted, and mostly faculty based. By the end of his stay, he had a chance to speak about short term exchanges and project collaboration with students and make connections with faculty, and is in the process of setting up a 4 week summer school exchange which will allow larger blocks of students to experience studying abroad in Brno. He also spearheaded the implementation of a “Buddy System” to encourage exchange students at both MU and UTC to take advantage of the opportunity and feel comfortable in a new culture. Visiting the U.S. allowed him to visit the University of New Orleans and the University of Mississippi too, who are both also partners with MU, and work on strengthening their relationship. He is optimistic about the future of the program, and thankful for the opportunity Schuman gave him to actually visit the U.S., a life changing experience which he says “gave me something different.”

Eligibility:

  • Citizenship in an EU Member State
  • Candidates are responsible for arranging their own placement at a U.S. university or institution
  • Candidates do not need to hold a PhD.; however, they must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of experience in the field of international education
  • Academic/professional experience of 3+ months in two or more EU Member States
  • Proficiency in English is required

Please note:

  • Current officials of Community institutions are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates in the United States at the time of application are not eligible to apply
  • 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.

Benefits:

  • A monthly stipend of the USD equivalent of 3,000 euros
  • A travel stipend of the USD equivalent of 2,000 euros
  • 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:

  1. Interested applicants should submit the application online by December 1 at noon.
  2. TOEFL scores are only needed if the particular program you are applying to requires them (by December 15); otherwise, your English proficiency will be determined during the mandatory in-person interview.
  3. Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of March at the latest.

START ONLINE APPLICATION

When filling out the initial fields of the online application, applicants MUST put “European Union” as the Program Country (country of citizenship/home country). By selecting “European Union” under Program Country inside the application, you’ve indicated that you’re applying for a Fulbright-Schuman award. You will also be able to specify the type of award in the online application (Grant for International Educators). Please be advised you must follow the online application instructions correctly in order to make sure your application is sent to our office and not to the Fulbright Commission in Germany (or Bangladesh). Receiving the automated confirmation email will only confirm that you have submitted a Fulbright application and will not specify the country/specific grant to which you submitted the application. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to send us an email after submitting your application to make sure that our office has received your application for the Fulbright Schuman Program.

As part of the online application, candidates will be asked to provide the following:

  • Biographical information
  • Americanized CV
  • 3-5 page single-spaced project statement
  • 1-3 page bibliography of references
  • Transcripts and diplomas from most recent degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into the online application)
  • Letter(s) of admission or affiliation from a U.S. host institution; this letter should contain the institution’s letterhead and mention the dates (or academic term) of your stay