Master of European Studies at KU Leuven

The Fulbright Commission awards one grant for an American student to enroll in the International Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) at the University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium. This one-year interdisciplinary program focuses on Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. The award-holder will be exempt from tuition fees and will receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.

All candidates holding at least a Bachelor’s degree are considered, but PhD candidates who present serious study projects and are capable of independent study are preferred. Applicants who are graduating seniors proposing independent research projects must obtain an invitation or letter of affiliation as a guest student at a Belgian university or university-level institution and attend Master’s-level classes along with their Belgian counterparts. Proposed projects should be innovative, feasible, and based on the candidate’s overall academic education. Applications will be accepted in all fields.

The Master in European Studies program admits holders of either a bachelor’s degree (accepted fields: Political and Social Sciences, History, Arts, Law, Economics, Anthropology, Communication Studies, Theology, Education, Philosophy, or European Studies), a master’s degree in Human Sciences, or a master’s degree in other disciplines if the candidate has professional experience in the field of study of MAES. Applicants should have a strong academic background, a sound knowledge of European history and European institutions, demonstrated research skills, and familiarity with the basic principles of Economics and Law.

For all awards, the Commission seeks applicants who:

  • Possess excellence (personally, academically, professionally, creatively);
  • Outline a strong rationale and methodology for pursuing their project in Belgium;
  • Demonstrate leadership attributes/potential;
  • Indicate how they will benefit the Fulbright Program in Belgium

For more information about eligibility, please visit

How to Apply

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 Master of European Studies Award should make sure to select Leuven European Studies from the drop down menu in the Embark online application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name in order be considered for this award.

In addition, applicants must arrange their own affiliation with the University of Leuven by applying through the website of the Master of European Studies (see below). 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, they should include this. If this is not possible at the time of application, applicants may provide a letter when awarded a grant.