The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg has administered approximately 1,200 scholarships to American citizens to pursue opportunities of international educational and cultural exchange since opening its doors in 1948. These grants generally vary in financial value and cover costs associated with study, research, and/or lecturing at the graduate (Master’s or Ph.D) or post-doctoral level at accredited universities and think tanks. American students apply for these awards through the Institute of International Education, where they can submit research or study proposals to the Belgium or European programs or apply to serve as an English Teaching Assistant. American scholars can submit research or lecture proposals to the Belgium or European Union programs through the Council of International Exchange Scholars. There, they can also apply for several of the Commission’s unique scholar awards, including the Fulbright NATO award, the Fulbright Schuman EUI award (Florence), the Fulbright-Schuman Chair at the College of Europe and the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants.
While they apply directly through IIE or CIES, all US applicants are welcome to approach the Commission directly for advice. The Commission recommends the websites below as a starting point for finding an academic host institution in Belgium:
In addition to award-specific requirements listed on the IIE and CIES websites, all Fulbright recipients generally submit clear, creative, and feasible project proposals and demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Outstanding academic background
- Admission/invitation to an accredited university or think tank
- Ambassadorial qualities necessary for educational and cultural exchange
- Interest in contributing to the Fulbright and Fulbright Alumni networks
- Willingness to return to their country of citizenship to share their newfound knowledge
In addition to financial awards, all Fulbright grantees receive Sickness & Accident Insurance coverage during their grant period and access to Fulbright’s programming and extensive network of grantees and alumni. Once in Europe, American Fulbright Belgium and Fulbright Schuman alumni have the opportunity to:
- Attend a local Fulbright orientation, related US Embassy receptions, and Fulbright seminars in Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium
- Assist Fulbright offices with educational and cultural outreach at local schools
- Connect with networks like CIEE study abroad trips, the German Marshall Fund’s Young Transatlantic Network, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy , etc.
For more information about short-term Fulbright opportunities in Belgium, please visit the relevant link below:
Inter-Country Lecturer Fund : Allows European universities, think tanks, and relevant institutions to invite current US Fulbright Scholars in Europe to present at a conference, deliver guest lectures, etc.
Senior Specialist Award: Allows Belgian universities, university colleges, think tanks, and relevant institutions to invite American specialists from any academic field to Belgium for strategic projects during a period of 2-6 weeks
See interviews with previous American grantees to Belgium and the European Union below. There are more available on our YouTube Advising Channel.
English Teaching Assistantships in Belgium
U.S. Students to Belgium
U.S. Students to the EU
U.S. Scholars to Belgium
U.S. Scholars to the EU