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. 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 is also 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 (continuous stay) 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.
U.S. applicants to the Fulbright Program in Belgium and Luxembourg apply through IIE (for students) and CIES (for scholars). Applicants who are recommended by the National Screening Committee of IIE or CIES will be contacted by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels and interviewed via Skype 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.
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. Applicants may choose to affiliate with one host institution, to base themselves at a primary host institution/country with trips to additional institutions/countries, or to divide up their grant among 2-3 different institutions in various EU Member States. 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. Applicants with only one host institution/country should be able to convince the Fulbright Selections Committee of the supranational nature of their work and therefore of the suitability of the proposal for the Fulbright Schuman Program, rather than for a binational Fulbright Program.
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.