FY 2017 Fulbright Specialist Program: Call for Migration-Focused Projects Now Open

The Belgian Fulbright Commission would like to inform you about the existence of the Fulbright Specialist program (FSP) on refugees and migration issues and the opportunity to invite a U.S. specialist in this field to a Belgian institution.

The Fulbright program facilitates academic exchanges between the U.S. and 140+ countries, including Belgium. To learn more about the Fulbright program, please visit our website http://www.fulbright.be/

The Migration FSP offers a short-term, on-demand resource for Belgian universities, NGOs, think tanks,… to build capacity in areas related to migration and refugee issues, and to promote long-term collaborative relationships between a U.S. and a Belgian institution.

A successful project proposal will be accepted on topics dealing with the current European migration crisis, focused on Middle Eastern and North African migration (not other types of migrants or IDPs), including, but not limited to:

  • community integration;
  • peace/conflict resolution;
  • public health and humanitarian assistance;
  • education and training, including multicultural education and inter-faith dialogue;
  • migration and security policies;
  • crisis management or disaster resilience;
  • economic impact and workforce development.

Eligible U.S. specialists may include scholars and professionals across a range of disciplines and those who have had experience working with governments (local, national, international), educational institutions, and in refugee integration and complex humanitarian emergencies.

Eligible Belgian host institutions may include universities or other academic institutions, research institutes, cultural centers, NGOs, and government ministries or agencies.

Projects can be proposed with a named U.S. specialist or as an open project and our partner, World Learning, can identify a specialist with the relevant experience and skill set. (Note: if a named specialist is currently not a Fulbright Specialist, he/she must first apply to specialist roster).

Proposed activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • delivering a seminar or workshop;
  • consulting on faculty or workforce development;
  • developing academic or training curricula, programs, and materials;
  • lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level;
  • conducting needs assessments, action plans, or evaluations;
  • participating in public engagement and/or outreach activities within immigrant and/or host country communities.

Time frame: The project (between 2-6 weeks / 42 days maximum)
should have a start date no later than September 30, 2017 and a completion date no later than December 31, 2017.

Cost: From our end, funds are available to cover a honorarium, flights, housing, meals, and in-country transportation for 1 U.S. specialist but we welcome a cost-share with the host institution if available as this demonstrates a commitment to the project and support of the topic of migration.

There is 1 specialist slot/grant available which will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

How To Apply:
Proposals can requested by completing the attached form and sending it to the Fulbright Commission (marijke@fulbright.be).

Questions about this program can be directed to marijke@fulbright.be

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017