The Fulbright Schuman Program awards scholarships to American citizens for research in the European Union with a focus on EU affairs/policy, or the US-EU transatlantic agenda.
The Fulbright Schuman Program is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and is jointly financed by the U.S. Department of State and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Grants are available for 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.
Proposals will be considered both from candidates who plan to be based primarily in one member state as well as candidates who will divide their time between host institutions in two or more EU member states. Candidates planning to be based in only one member state should ensure that their proposed research still demonstrates a pan-European perspective.
American applicants to the Fulbright Schuman Program apply through IIE (for students) and CIES (for scholars). Grants range from 6 to 9 months (for students) and from 3 to 9 months (for scholars). Please note that eligibility criteria for the program differ depending on whether applicants are applying for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program or the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. For more information, please see the individual awards below.
Following an initial review of their written application, applicants who are recommended by IIE or CIES can expect to be contacted by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels for an interview in mid-February.
Total grant amounts are dependent on the proposed project length. The Fulbright Commission reserves the right to offer applicants funding for a shorter period than initially requested, if the Fulbright Selections Committee determines that this will not negatively impact the scope of the proposed research. The maximum grant that any candidate may receive is set at €20,000 for students and €29,000 for scholars. No candidate may receive funding from the Fulbright Schuman Program in concurrence with other European Commission funding (e.g., Marie Curie) for the same activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the Fulbright Commission in Brussels help me find a host institution in Europe?
No. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own letter(s) of affiliation in Europe. Prospective applicants may find it helpful to consider this list of universities in Europe and in the United States that have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright-Schuman researchers.
Are applicants required to have more than one host institution?
No. The ability to affiliate with multiple host institutions and divide up the grant among multiple EU Member States often draws candidates to the Fulbright-Schuman Program, but the decision to spend time in multiple countries comes with additional logistical challenges … and it’s not the best fit for every applicant! Proposals will be considered both from candidates who plan to be based primarily in one member state as well as candidates who will divide their time between host institutions in two or more EU member states. Candidates planning to be based in only one member state should ensure that their proposed research still demonstrates a pan-European perspective. On the other hand, candidates planning to divide up their time in multiple member states should address the feasibility of these plans and should consider visa requirements for the countries involved.
As long as candidates can prove that their research is better suited to the Fulbright Schuman Program than to a binational exchange program, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels no longer gives preference to candidates who propose to be based in multiple member states.
I am planning to spend my grant in an expensive city/country. Can I receive a higher grant amount?
No. The Fulbright Schuman stipend is fixed, regardless of the cost of living in your place of residence. The stipend of €2000 per month for students and €3000 per month for scholars is generally enough to cover living expenses in most European cities.
I am planning to bring my family with me. Can I receive additional funding?
No. The Fulbright Commission cannot unfortunately not provide additional funding for grantee dependents.