Inter-Country Lecturing Program

The Fulbright Inter-Country Lecturing Program helps fund select Belgian institutions to invite an American Fulbright Scholar on assignment in Europe to Belgium for lecturing or attending a conference or colloquium. The Belgian Fulbright Commission will provide an international travel grant to bring the scholar to Belgium from his/her EU host country using the most economical fare, while the Belgian host institution applying for this support will be responsible for outlining and cost-sharing the remainder of the Fulbright scholar’s expenses.

Approximately 250 American lecturers and researchers representing a variety of academic fields participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Europe and throughout the world. Belgian/Luxembourgish institutions can invite a U.S. Fulbright Scholar from another European country for a short stay (up to a week) through the Inter-country Lecturing Program.

The Fulbright Intercountry Lecturing Program provides U.S. scholars while in Europe with opportunities to enrich their professional and cultural experience outside their country of assignment, while giving educational institutions the opportunity to invite a Fulbright Scholar based in another country to their institution.

24 binational European Fulbright commissions participate in the program: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. Please note that grant openings may vary from country to country. The Finnish Fulbright Center maintains an updated list of the current U.S. Fulbrighters in these countries, which can be accessed here (.Excel file).

How to Apply

The grants are available for U.S. Fulbright scholars and teachers residing anywhere in Europe for short lecturing visits (up to one week) to Belgium and/or Luxembourg. For longer visits between 2 and 6 weeks, please check out the Specialist Program. The Inter-Country Travel Grant is easy to apply for and applications are reviewed by the Fulbright Commission on a rolling basis. The Inter-Country grant funded by Fulbright covers your airfare to Belgium (or Luxembourg) and your host institution finances the local expenses (room and board).

This is how you arrange for an Inter-Country visit to Belgium or Luxembourg:

  • Locate a higher education and/or research institution in Belgium or Luxembourg that you wish to visit.
  • Get in touch with your potential host(s) in Belgium/Luxembourg, agree on the dates, content and practicalities of your visit and confirm the host institution’s willingness to finance your local expenses.
  • Your host submits a travel grant application to the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
  • You and your Belgian/Luxembourgish hosts will receive a joint letter from the Fulbright Commission in Belgium with the grant decision and details of the grant as well as other important information to help with your travel plans. (The message will be cc’ed to the Fulbright commission in the country where you are currently residing as a Fulbright grantee, or to the U.S. Embassy if you are a Fulbrighter in a European country that does not have a Fulbright Commission. This is simply to confirm that your host commission/Embassy have no objections to the travel.)
  • After the visit, your travel costs will be reimbursed either directly to you or to your host institution as agreed specifically in advance. Please note that the inter-country visit must take place during the period of your Fulbright grant.

The potential host institution in Belgium should consult the list of American Fulbright scholars in Europe for the academic year 2017-2018 (link to an Excel document), to identify a U.S. Fulbright scholar from a relevant academic field whom they would like to invite. If the host has not had previous contact with an interesting scholar, the Fulbright Commission may initiate contact on host’s behalf.

Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Since funding for this program is limited, requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.