The Fulbright-Schuman Programme provides grants to EU citizens for study, research or lecturing in the United States with a focus on EU affairs, European integration or US-EU relations.
The programme is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and is jointly funded by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.
There are four types of grants available:
- Grants for Post-Doctoral Research and Lecturing (‘scholars’)
- for those with completed PhD (or other terminal degree and 5+ years of experience) and academic/professional experience of 3+ months in two or more EU Member States
- for a minimum period of three months and a maximum of nine months, with preference being given to projects of 4-6 months duration
- Grants for (Pre) Doctoral Research (‘students’)
- for those with academic/professional experience of 3+ months in two or more EU Member States, holding at least a bachelor’s degree and having achieved academic excellence generally defined as a distinction in each year of study or in the final year of study (please note that candidates without these grades are still encouraged to apply if they have outstanding personal or professional backgrounds)
- normally for a period of between four and nine months (i.e., an academic year) but applications for pre-doctoral research for a period as short as four months will also be considered
- Grants for International Educators
- for professionals in international education administration from European universities for research within the field that would be mutually beneficial to both the institutions
- for a period between 3 months and one academic year (9 months)
- Grants for Innovation
- for proposals focused on EU or US-EU approaches to innovative technologies and business models and their integration with new and existing policies and regulations.
- the application procedure is the same as when applying for either a (pre)Doctoral (students) or Post-Doctoral Research (scholars) grant but in the ‘Country Information’ section it needs to specify that you are applying for the innovation award
- citizenship of an EU Member State
- proficiency in English
- minimum of a bachelor’s degree
- prior to submitting their application, candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center in the United States
- monthly stipend (USD equivalent of 2000€ for students and 3000€ for scholars and international educators) to be used to cover tuition, living costs, etc.
- one-time travel stipend of USD equivalent of 2000€ intended to defray the costs associated with travel/relocation
- sickness and accident insurance for grantees (not dependents)
- J-visa sponsorship for grantees and any accompanying dependents
- in-country programming (e.g., Gateway Orientations, Fulbright Enrichment Seminars)
- membership in active Fulbright alumni networks in both the United States and Europe
How to apply
- complete an online application
- provide documents including: americanized CV, transcripts and diplomas of most recent degree, letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into the online application) and letter(s) of admission or affiliation from a US host institution (this letter should contain the institution’s letterhead and mention the dates or academic term of your stay)
1st December 2021