Grants for U.S. Citizens

The Fulbright-Schuman Program, administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium, is jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. It funds projects exclusively dealing with U.S.-EU relations, EU institutions, or EU policy. More information can be found in the CIES catalog (PhD holders) and the IIE catalog (for non-PhD holders).

There are grants for

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

Note:  We are proud to announce a new category  of grants: the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation grants which will reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with the first year focusing on data privacy and protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care. In addition to these grants, there will be Fulbright-Schuman grants in the general category.

Awards are available to American students and professionals, including professionals in training – decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration – who wish to study, research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. Preference is given to candidates who will divide their time between host institutions in at least two EU member states so that their projects reflect a pan-European perspective. However, proposals that include stays at one institution that has significant ties to the EU or EU studies will also be considered.

Candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center. Preference will be given to applicants with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree who plan to carry out their project in at least two EU member states. However, project proposals including only one city or university program with significant ties to European Union institutions and studies will be considered.

Grants are for 6 to 9 months with a minimum period of 3 months in each EU member state. For candidates without a PhD, preference is given to those who will complete one academic year. Please note that your whole stay should be consecutive; there can’t be a break in between.

Awards available for non-Phd holders

  • Ca. 4 Study/Research grants. Please check  the IIE catalog for more info.
  • Fulbright-Schuman Innovation grants which reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with the 2017-2018 focusing on data privacy and protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.

Awards available for PhD holders

  • Ca. 2 grants for the general EU Affairs program. Please check the CIES Catalog for more info.
  • Fulbright-Schuman Innovation grants (or check the CIES catalog entry) which will reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with the 2017-2018 focusing on data privacy and protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.
  • One chair award which rotates between the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy  and one post-doc at EUI Florence available under the Fulbright Schuman program: for information about the Chair please click here and here. For information on the post-doc award at EUI, please click here.

Eligibility

  • Current officials of European Community institutions are not eligible to apply
  • 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 Europe.

Click here to see examples of successful applicants

Value of Award

  • A monthly stipend of € 2,000 for Students –  € 3,000 for Scholars (except for the Fulbright Schuman post doc at EUI  which is  €2,000)
  • An allowance of € 2,000 for travel and relocation costs
  • Sickness and accident insurance
  • Participation in a one-week “EU Seminar” in Brussels and Luxembourg with other American grantees in Europe

The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at € 20,000 for Students and € 29,000 for Scholars. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity. More information can be found in the CIES catalog.

METHOD OF APPLICATION AND DEADLINES:

August 1, 2016: deadline for individuals in possession of a doctoral degree or comparable professional experience.
Complete information from the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars: http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/

Mid October 2016 deadline for candidates without a doctoral degree or limited professional experience. Complete information from the website of the Institute of International Education: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/265. Please note that this deadline changes every year.

February 1, 2017 (afternoon): interviews with qualified U.S. Fulbright-Schuman applicants (via Skype)

Please note that there are many EU agencies outside of Brussels in the other Member States. Please consult the following link which provides information on other agencies that might be appropriate host institutions for your research: http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/index_en.htm

For information about the Chair at the College of Europe/EUI, please click here.