Grants for Post-Doctoral Research or Lecturing

The Fulbright Commission awards teaching and research grants for American scholars to Belgium and Luxembourg through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Grants are for between three and nine months, from mid-September through mid-June.

All candidates holding a PhD (or appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia) are considered, but candidates with several years of experience after attaining a PhD (or other terminal degree) are preferred. Applications will be accepted in all fields.

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 or Luxembourg;
  • Demonstrate leadership attributes/potential;
  • Indicate how they will benefit the Fulbright Program in Belgium or Luxembourg


More information on eligibility and detailed information per grant can be found below.

For applicants to Belgium:

For applicants to Luxembourg:


U.S. applicants to the Fulbright Program in Belgium and Luxembourg apply through CIES. To learn more about the application process, please visit the following website:

Candidates are responsible for securing their own admission or affiliation at a university, conservatory, think tank, or non-profit organization in Belgium or Luxembourg. The Commission recommends Study in Flanders and Study in Belgium as a starting point for finding an academic host institution in Belgium. While they apply directly through CIES, all American applicants are welcome to approach the Commission directly for advice.


Laurie Johnston, Fulbright Scholar to Belgium (2017-2018): “My Fulbright grant to Belgium allowed me to connect with colleagues at one of the premier institutions in the world in my field. I also traveled all over Belgium conducting interview research for a new project. And one day a week, I taught a course for master’s students from all over the world – a new experience for me since my home college is solely an undergraduate institution.”

Solveig A. Cunningham, Fulbright Scholar to Belgium (2016-2017): “I had the opportunity to participate in the Fulbright program as a faculty researcher, shortly after having gained tenure at my home institution. This was a great time to develop new directions in my research portfolio and establish new collaborations. An academic year with the Fulbright program in Belgium made these new directions and collaborations possible. It also gave me insights into how academic programs are structured in different countries. The program expanded my areas of expertise and teaching methodologies.”

Want to hear more about the U.S. Fulbright scholar experience in Belgium and Luxembourg? Fulbright grantees share their experiences in a variety of blog posts and videos available on our website and YouTube Channel.


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

2018-2019: Grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg

  • Dr. Sarah Cramsey, Universite Libre de Bruxelles: “The Other Diaspora: A Cultural History of Polish Jewish Survivors in Postwar Belgium”
  • Dr. Heidi Dierssen, Flanders Marine Institute: “Hyperspectral Methods for Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton in Coastal Waters”
  • Madeline Kass, College of Europe: “Comparative U.S. and EU Environmental Law Project”
  • Dr. Karen Kurczynski, Ghent University: “The Cobra Movement: Reanimating Art”
  • Leandra Lederman, University of Luxembourg: “A Comparative Analysis of the Transparency of Tax Rulings Granted to Multinational Companies”
  • Dr. Jonathon Repinecz, Royal Museum for Central Africa: “Ethnographic Authority and Law in the Congo: The Case of Leon Guebels”

2017-2018: Grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg

  • Dr. GLA Harris, American University Brussels: “Women as Combatants: A Comparative Study of the U.S. Military and the Canadian Armed Forces” (Fulbright NATO Scholar)
  • Dr. Laura Johnston, KU Leuven: “Identity and Hospitality: Catholics, Muslims and the Ethics of Religious Diversity”
  • Megan Marlatt, International Carnival and Masks Museum: “The Art of Carnival and Its Influence on Belgian Painters”
  • Dr. Rachel Sailor, University of Luxembourg: “Regionalist Pictorialism, Transnationality and American Photography Abroad” (Fulbright-Terra Scholar)
  • Dr. Anthony Zera, KU Leuven: “Research and Teaching on the Role of Hormones as Regulators of Evolutionary Adaptations”

2016-2017: Grantees to Belgium

  • Dr. Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham, Vrije Universiteit Brussel: “Immigrant Integration, Health Behavior and Health Outcomes”
  • Katherine Hartmann, EORTC: “Addressing the Genetics of Cancer Progression and Treatment from an Evolutionary Perspective”
  • Dr. Jonathan Jacobs, UC Louvain: “Evolution of Systemic and Non-Systemic Infection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria”
  • Dr. Gale Mattox, German Marshall Fund: “Successes and Failures of the Afghanistan Coalition for Future Alliance Operations: The Case of the Coalition in Afghanistan” (Fulbright NATO Scholar)