Grants for International Educators

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Fulbright Schuman awards scholarships to international education professionals at European universities who are interested in conducting research at a U.S. university on an issue related to international higher education and/or best practices in this field. The International Educator grants are open to European citizens to conduct research 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. Research projects should provide a comparative US-EU perspective on global issues within international higher education and/or share best practices within the field.

Intended programs
  • Research related to international higher education
Application period
  • September 15 till December 1 (at noon CET)
Important
  • Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.

Benefits
  • 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 benefits
  • In-country programming (e.g. Enrichment Seminars)
  • Prestigious title and access to alumni network
Eligibility
  • Citizenship in an EU Member State
  • Proficiency in English
  • Candidates do not need to hold a PhD but must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in the field of international education
  • Academic/professional experience of 3+ months in two or more EU Member States recommended
  • Academic excellence or outstanding personal or 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.

Required documents
  • Americanized CV
  • 3-5 page single-spaced Project Statement
  • 1-3 page Bibliography of References relevant to the proposed research
  • Diploma of most recent degree including transcripts with completed coursework. (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.


How to apply

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 2022-2023, you will need to apply for a grant between September 15 and December 1, 2021.

Every applicant needs to complete an online application in English 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. In the ‘Country Information’ section you also need to specify that you are applying for the International Educator Award. 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.

Candidates are responsible for applying and securing letters of affiliation on their own. Preference will be given to candidates with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the bachelor’s degree. 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.