Ghent PhD Awards

The Fulbright Commission in partnership with Ghent University awards research grants for American students to Ghent University. Grants are for six or nine months, between mid-September through mid-June.

Candidates to the Ghent PhD Program must be pursuing a full Master’s or PhD program in the U.S. or propose a full-time degree program at Ghent University.

For more information about eligibility, please visit


U.S. applicants to the Fulbright Program in Belgium and Luxembourg apply through IIE. To learn more about the application process, please visit Please note that applicants to the Ghent PhD program should make sure to select Ghent University from the drop down menu in the Embark online application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name in order be considered for this award. Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in Belgium.

In addition, applicants must arrange their own affiliation with Ghent University, but a letter of affiliation is not required by the time of the application deadline. If applicants can obtain letters of affiliation in advance of the application deadline, please include this. If this is not possible at the time of application, applicants can provide a letter when awarded a grant.


Below please find a list of recent projects proposed by successful applicants for study/research grants to Belgium and Luxembourg.

2018-2019: Ghent PhD Awards

  • Br. John Glasenapp: “The Beaupré Antiphoner: Liturgy, Community, and Continuity (1290-1796)”

2017-2018: Ghent PhD Awards

  • Sean Matharoo: “Trauma and Postcolonial Realism in the Anthropocene”
  • Calix O’Hara: “Craftsmen in the Medieval Low Countries: Metalworking Guilds seen through their Craft”

2016-2017: Ghent PhD Awards

  • David Morton: “An ‘Agitation Free Trade Zone’: American Cinema in the Belgian Film Market, 1918-1939”
  • Sean Sapp: “Navigating Secular and Ecclesiastical Obligation: Confessors in Valois Burgundy 1363-1477”
  • Brendan Tomoschuk: “Cognitive Organization in Language Learning”