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 through the Inter-country Lecturing Program.
For the Fulbright Scholar: 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.
For European educational institutions: It gives 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.
- Fulbright commission in the country that has extended the invitation to the scholar covers travel costs for scholar.
- Scholar keeps Fulbright insurance coverage for the duration of the stay
- The institution that is hosting the scholar’s visit is asked to cover living costs/housing for the duration of the stay.
After the grantee’s visit is over, it is mandatory that the Fulbright scholar records a video for the Commission’s Youtube channel like the one below and/or writes an entry about the experience for the Fulbright Belgium blog.
If your institution is looking to invite an American specialist to Belgium for a longer stay between 14-42 days, please check out our Fulbright Senior Specialist Program instead.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The potential host institution in Belgium should visit the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 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 Center may initiate contact on host’s behalf. Once the scholar has agreed to come, the Belgian institution should complete the inter-country lecturer award application online here, taking care to specifically outline the scholar’s expected costs and the Belgian institution’s preparedness to cost-share them. After the grant has been awarded, the Belgian host is responsible for making the visit arrangements directly with the visiting lecturer.
APPLICATION TIMELINE: Applications are accepted year-round. Since funding for this program is limited, requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.