Grants for U.S. Citizens: Fulbright Schumann Program

May 28th, 2013 in Opportunities

The Fulbright-Schuman Program, administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium, is jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. It funds projects exclusively dealing with US-EU relations, EU institutions, or EU policy.

There are grants for

  • Graduate Study
  • Pre-Doctoral Research
  • Post-Doctoral Research
  • University Lecturing

Awards are available to 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 US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. The results of eligible projects must be relevant to at least two EU member states; projects that do not meet this requirement should be submitted through the Fulbright Program in the applicant’s primary country of interest.

Candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center. Preference will be 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 a minimum period of three months, maximum one academic year, with preference being given to projects of four months duration. Pre-doctoral awards are for one academic year.


  • Current officials of European Community institutions are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates in Europe at the time of application are not eligible to apply
  • Applications for study and research should be made while candidates are in correspondence with specific institutions concerning affiliation and financial support. No awards can be confirmed until candidates have submitted written evidence that they will dispose of adequate funds to carry out their plans in Europe.

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Value of Award

  • A monthly stipend of € 3,000
  • An allowance of € 2,000 for travel and relocation costs
  • Sickness and accident insurance
  • Participation in a one-week “EU Seminar” in Brussels and Luxembourg with other American grantees in Europe

The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at € 29,000. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity.


August 1 for individuals in possession of a doctoral degree or comparable professional experience.
Complete information from the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars:

Late October for candidates without a doctoral degree or limited professional experience. Complete information from the website of the Institute of International Education:

Please note that there are many EU agencies outside of Brussels in the other Member States. Please consult the following link which provides information on other agencies that might be appropriate host institutions for your research: