Grants for Post-Doctoral Research and Lecturing

Grants for Post-Doctoral Research and Lecturing

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Fulbright Schuman awards scholarships to European citizens to conduct research and/or lecture in any academic field at an accredited U.S. institution for a period between three months and one academic year (9 months). Applicants must present a letter of affiliation from an accredited university or non-profit research institution and must demonstrate in their Project Statement that their proposed research is relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or the EU institutions and to at least two EU Member States.


Post-Doctoral Research and/or Lecturing


September 15 till December 1 (at noon CET) 


Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.


Scholarship of up to 3000 euro per month (USD equivalent)

J-1 visa sponsorship

Pre-Departure Orientation in Belgium or at local Fulbright Commission

Travel stipend of 2000 euro (USD equivalent)

Sickness and accident insurance

In-country programming (e.g. Enrichment Seminars)

Prestigious title and access to alumni network


Citizenship in an EU Member State

Proficiency in English

Completed PhD (or other terminal degree and 5+ years of experience)

Academic/professional experience of 3+ months in two or more EU Member States

Academic excellence or outstanding personal/professional background

Factors that may make an applicant ineligible for the Fulbright Schuman Program include: current employment/traineeship at the European Commission, strong professional ties to European institutions, current or former residence in the United States, and lack of experience outside of home country. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (e.g. Marie Curie) for the same activity.


Americanized CV

3-5 page single-spaced Project Statement

1-3 page Bibliography of References relevant to the proposed research

Transcripts of completed coursework and diploma from most recent degree (certified translation in English unless the original documents are in Dutch, French or German) Note: You must have a PhD diploma in hand by the time of departure to the U.S.

Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into online application by chosen recommenders)

Letter of affiliation from a U.S. host institution; this letter should contain the institution’s letterhead, mention the exact dates (or academic term), the objective of your research stay as well as any facilities you will have access to during your grant

All these documents must be included in your application by December 1. Please note that we do NOT require supplemental forms such as a letter from your home institution or official test results (e.g. TOEFL). You may include test results in the appropriate application fields if you so desire.


The application period to apply for this grant is between September 15 and December 1 for applicants who intend to start their program in the next academic year.

E.g. if you intend to start a program in the academic year of 2021-2022, you will need to apply for a grant between September 15 and December 1, 2020. 

Every applicant needs to complete an online application by noon (Central European Time) on December 1 including the required documents. No papers should be mailed to our office and it is not required for applicants to contact us before starting their application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award. When creating an online account to start a new application, preferably use a personal email address instead of a temporary work or school address.

When filling out the initial fields of the online application in the ‘Preliminary Questions’ section, applicants MUST select ‘European Union (Schuman)’ as the Program Country. This indicates that you are applying for a Fulbright Schuman award and ensures that your application is sent to our office and not to a different Fulbright Commission. 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.

There are no requirements for particular fields of study, however, the proposed research project must be relevant to Europe, the European Union, and/or US-EU relations. The program has funded research projects in political science, law, and economics but also in linguistics, social sciences, public health, arts, etc. Are you curious about what others have done? Take a look at what previous grantees have studied or read about their experiences.

Candidates are responsible for arranging affiliation with a host institution on their own. EU professionals and professionals in training (e.g., decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, media, politics, academia, and public administration) are encouraged to apply. The most competitive applicants for Fulbright awards demonstrate ambassadorial qualities and a genuine interest in cultural exchange. It is important for candidates to be able to articulate a clear, creative, and feasible plan for their time in the United States and to explain why right now is the right time to pursue this plan and how their grant will ultimately help them achieve their personal and professional goals in the future. The Commission is looking for candidates who will have a multiplier effect within their U.S. and European communities and who wish to ultimately return to the European Union to share their newfound knowledge and experience after their grant has ended.


Before starting a new application, please review the Application Guidelines on how to complete the online application.


September 15

Online application opens

December 1

Deadline to submit online application (by noon CET)

Late January

Top-ranked applicants receive invitation for Skype interview

Late February

Successful applicants notified of selection

Late March

Successful applicants notified of official approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board


Start of document collection process for J-1 visa


I am an EU citizen living abroad. Can I apply? + -

As an EU citizen, you may apply for a Fulbright Award if you are living in any country except the United States. If you are resident in the United States, a dual U.S. citizen, or hold a Green Card at the time of application, you are ineligible to apply.

I do not have EU citizenship, but am currently living/studying/working there. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program? + -

No. Eligibility for the Fulbright Program is based on nationality, not residence.

I am a British citizen. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Schuman Program? + -

Starting from the competition for 2021-2022, British citizens are no longer eligible for the Fulbright Schuman Program since the United Kingdom officially left the Europeon Union as of January 2020.

I am an EU citizen currently pursuing my studies in the United States. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program? + -

Candidates already in the United States at the time of application and those who have resided in the U.S. for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible to apply. Moreover, please note that preference will be given to those who have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S. with “substantial recent experience” being study, research or employment for a period of aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past five years.

I intend to pursue a medical residency or clinical medical research or training in the U.S.? Can I apply? + -

The Fulbright Program will not fund applicants seeking to enroll in a medical degree program nor does it offer grants to those who wish to conduct clinical medical research or training involving patient care and/or contact. (both human and animal)

Am I responsible for arranging my own affiliation/acceptance to my host institution? + -

Yes. Applying to a host institution in the United States is a separate, simultaneous process. Please note that if you have chosen a university as your host institution, its accreditation should be recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. Non-typical host institutions for researchers need to have non-profit status and can be research institutions or facilities, think tanks, museums, libraries or post-secondary accredited educational institutions.

As a participant in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, will I be subject to the two-year home requirement after my grant? + -

Yes. All Fulbright grantees must travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, which requires them to return to their country of permanent legal residency for at least two years at some point after their grant before they are allowed to return to the U.S. to live or work permanently on an H, L, K or LPR visa. More information about the two-year rule can be found here, and a list of documents that fulfill the proof of legal residency requirement for each EU country can be found here.

When do I need to provide proof of affiliation to a U.S. host institution in my application? + -

Scholars must upload an invitation letter from their host institution by the December 1 deadline. An example of a letter of affiliation for research applicants can be found here.

The online application has asked me to do something different to the application instructions on the website. What should I do? + -

The online application system is used by Fulbright Programs around the world, and application procedures differ greatly from country to country. You must follow the guidelines presented by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.

Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require me to contact them before beginning the application? + -

We do NOT require applicants to contact us before beginning the application. Please begin your application without contacting us.

Can I mail physical documents to the Fulbright Commission? + -

No. The application is completed entirely online.

I submitted an application but never heard from the Fulbright Commission. What happened? + -

If you have not received any communication from the Fulbright Commission by late January, it is very likely that we did not receive your application. Usually, this is because you did not select “European Union” as the Program Country when initially filling out your application and, as a result, your application was sent to another Fulbright Program office.

Can I apply to more than one Fulbright Program? + -

No. Applicants are only allowed to apply for one Fulbright grant per year. Applicants may therefore not simultaneously submit applications for a Fulbright Schuman award and a Fulbright award administered by their local commission.

Does the Fulbright Commission cover the cost of tuition/fees at my host institution? + -

No. The Fulbright Commission provides a scholarship (including a travel stipend) and other benefits which can be used to cover tuition, certain fees and other living costs.

Does the Fulbright Commission provide additional support for dependents? + -

No. Although grantees may choose to bring their spouse and/or young children with them on a J-2 visa which can be sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, we do not provide additional financial support for grantees with dependents

Is the amount of the awarded grant calculated based on location in the U.S.? + -

No. The Fulbright Commission offers standardized monthly stipends regardless of the candidate’s residence in the U.S. Please note that study and living costs vary in the U.S. 

The Fulbright Schuman Program, administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission awards grants to European citizens to conduct research in the United States and to American citizens to conduct research in the European Union.