Schuman Program

Fulbright awards scholarships to EU citizens to study, lecture or conduct research in the U.S. on the development of the EU, EU policies, or the U.S.- EU transatlantic agenda for a period between 3 months and one academic year. Grants are open to all academic fields of study, but must relate to U.S.- EU relations or EU affairs. The program has funded research projects in political science, law, and economics but also in linguistics, social sciences, public health, arts, etc. The Fulbright Schuman Program is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium.

There are 5 types of award that you can choose from based on your current academic status or professional experience:

  • Grants for (Pre)Doctoral Research
  • Post-Doctoral Research or Lecturing
  • Fulbright-NATO Security Studies Award
  • International Educators
  • Innovation Awards

Eligibility criteria

Grant Benefits


Scholarship up to €3,000 per month for Ph.D. holders and up to €2,000 per month for students ($ equivalent)


J-1 visa sponsorship

Travel stipend

Travel stipend of €2,000 EUR ($ equivalent)


Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges covering basic healthcare (supplemental private insurance highly recommended)

How to apply

Candidates are required to submit an online application. There is no need to send any documents to the Commission.

Students’ application must include: CV, Study/ Research Objectives, 3 letters of reference, Affiliation letter from accredited U.S. host institution, and Diploma of most recent degree including transcripts of academic record with completed coursework and Writing sample.

Scholars’ application must include: CV, Project Statement, Bibliography, 3 letters of reference, and Affiliation letter accredited U.S. host institution.

The application form is designed for the whole Fulbright Program worldwide. Please make sure to choose the European Union as the Program Country.

Online application for each category is different. Please read more information about the 4 categories on Fulbright Schuman Program web.

You are welcome to register for a webinar on Fulbright Schuman Program. Clik on the link , select the date that works for you the best and register for the webinar.


The application period opens on September 15 and closes on December 1 (at noon). Candidates should bear in mind that they need to submit their application approximately one year prior to the start date of their grant period.

Application flow

September 15 – December 1

Application cycle is open.

Late January

Top-ranked candidates are invited for a Skype interview.

Late February

Selected candidates are informed of the results of the selection process.

Late March

Selected candidates are notified of the official approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken, if the grant starts in the fall semester.*


Pre-Departure Orientation is hosted by the respective Commission.

July – August

Visa interviews are conducted for grantees who depart for the U.S. and start their grant, in the fall.

* If the grant starts in the spring semester, administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken between September and December, and visa interviews are conducted December-January.


For FAQ, please see the website of the Fulbright Commission in Belgium