Each year, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels invites other Fulbright offices within the EU to nominate one or two distinguished American grantees to travel to Belgium and Luxembourg for a four-day seminar focusing on the European Union and NATO. Over the course of four days, seminar participants explore the structure and function of these organizations and learn how these institutions affect their academic, professional, and personal lives. Highlights of the annual seminar include visits to the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, the U.S. Mission to the EU, and NATO Headquarters. Past participants have also had an opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Belgium and Luxembourg through tours of Luxembourg City, Brussels, and Bruges as well as visits to the Bastogne War Museum and College of Europe.
For many participants, the most memorable aspect of the seminar is the unique opportunity to engage with fellow Fulbrighters from a variety of academic backgrounds and grant placements across Europe.
Participants are U.S. Fulbright grantees who have been nominated by the Fulbright Commission in their host country. While the majority of participants are younger than 30 years old, participants may be students, teachers, lecturers, or researchers and need not be specialists in the subject of the seminar. If space permits, American grantees willing and able to pay their own participation costs may also register to attend with the approval of their local Fulbright office.
The 2022 Virtual Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO will be held from 16 to 18 February 2022. This will mark the first time that the seminar, which will regroup participants in the 2021-22 Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar Program across the European Union, will be held virtually. Highlights of this event will include virtual visits to the European Commission and NATO Headquarters, remarks from representatives of the U.S. Mission to the European Union and U.S. Mission to NATO, and networking opportunities for participants. U.S. Fulbright grantees interested in participating in the seminar should contact their Fulbright Commission for additional information.