The following scholarships and programs are NOT awarded by the Commission for Educational Exchange; they are not Fulbright Awards. This list of non-Fulbright scholarships represents only a selection of various available awards and is meant to help ineligible or unsuccessful Fulbright Schuman applicants find alternate funding for their academic or professional endeavors within US-EU affairs.
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) is the leading independent philanthropy in the support of exchanging university students, scientists and scholars between the United States and Belgium. This foundation offers fellowships for Belgian and U.S. citizens. The fellowship awards include stipends ranging from $18,000 to $45,000 which go towards the payment of tuition fees between $30,000 and $56,000, as well as coverage for health insurance. For the academic year 2019-2020 awards were given outright to 85 graduate and research fellows. 7 Belgian Fellows study Business Administration in the United States and their award comprises both an outright gift and a conditional grant. In addition, 8 Belgian Fellows candidates for an initial MS degree received support for a second year of study.
European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality who wish to pursue their frontier research within the ERC member states and associated countries. In particular, the ERC encourages proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.
The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the United States or another approved country.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) or European Union Visitors’ Program (EUVP)
These two programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State and the European Commission to send promising young leaders from the United States and the European Union to the other continent to exchange ideas, absorb culture, and gain contacts and knowledge within their field of U.S.-EU affairs.
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) is an individual visitors’ program that was established by the European Parliament and the European Commission in 1974. The EUVP is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. An EUVP visit consists of an individual 5-8 day program of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels and/or Strasbourg. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat rather than by individual participants. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP. (http://europa.eu/euvp/en)
Launched in 1940, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities. (https://eca.state.gov/ivlp/about-ivlp)
UACES Travel Grants
Since 2002, UACES has awarded 130 travel scholarships to postgraduate students from 32 different countries. The scholarships are essentially travel bursaries designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. The scholarships are NOT for students looking for funding to enroll in a postgraduate course. UACES generally offers four Scholarships for a fixed amount of 1,500 GBP to be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members pursuing research in Contemporary European Studies.
EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition
The EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship is an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. Thanks entirely to contributions to its Ernst Haas Memorial Fund for EU Studies, launched in June 2003 to honor the memory of Ernst B. Haas (1924-2003), this fund will offer at least two unrestricted fellowships per year of up to $3000. These fellowships will support dissertation research for graduate students pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic.
Traineeships Bernheim Foundation
Since 2003, university students have been participating in professional initiation trainings on the construction of Europe, organized at the FPS Foreign Affairs. These students are named “Bernheim trainees” after the internationally renowned twentieth century Belgian entrepreneur and president of the “l’Innovation” department store established by his family in Brussels in 1897. After the Second World War, Bernheim encouraged the development of Europe by introducing awards in order to honour original studies on this theme. The Bernheim Foundation, established after his death, also strives to develop the European spirit among university students. The trainees, who are selected by a jury, are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and interest with regard to the European issues in the form of a paid traineeship from the Bernheim Foundation. Each trainee spends 5 months at the Directorate-general Coordination and European Affairs and another 5 months at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union.