Senior Specialists

This program is designed as a short-term complement to the traditional Fulbright Senior Scholar Program and will provide Belgian/Luxembourg institutions with U.S. academic or professional specialists for periods of two to six weeks.

Possible activities for which a scholar can be requested, either by name or by academic speciality, include:

  • presenting lectures at the university (college) or post-university level;
  • participating or leading seminars or workshops at your institution;
  • conducting needs assessments, surveys, or institutional or programmatic research
  • taking part in specialized academic programs and conferences;
  • consulting with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development
  • developing and/or assessing academic curricula or educational materials
  • conducting teacher training programs at the university level.

The U.S. Government will pay for international travel and provide a daily honorarium of ca. $200 to the U.S. specialist selected. The host institution will be asked to cost-share the program by providing lodging, meals and in-country travel. We would like to see a 50/50 cost-share proposal.

How to Apply

If you are a member of a Belgian or Luxembourg institute of higher education and would like to request an academic or professional specialist for a period of two to six weeks for projects as outlined above, please contact the Fulbright Commission at in order to receive the materials. The request will be forwarded to Washington for the matching and selection process. Requests will be honored depending on the availability of funding and on the availability of an appropriate U.S. specialist. More information on the program is available at:

Applications are accepted year-round and should be submitted at least 4 months before the anticipated arrival of the specialist in Belgium. Please note that our Commission will allocate specialist slots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hear from previous Fulbright Specialists:

Dr. Jon Davidann (2017): “The synergies created by the Fulbright funding and my own scholarship created opportunities for university professors and graduate students to engage in dialogues that pushed knowledge forward.” Read more about Dr. Davidann’s visit to Ghent University 

Dr. Karen Shelby (2017): “It was fabulous to experience the different reactions to the art work we discussed in relation to each students’ own art making practice as well as their own national backgrounds. ” Read more about Dr. Shelby’s project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent

Dr. Brian Baer (2016): “Coming from the United States where the Translation Studies community is still rather small, I was thrilled by the level of engagement and exchange I experienced here in Belgium, making this an extremely enriching experience for me. I look forward to future collaborations with the students and scholars I met during my stay as a Fulbright Specialist.” Read more about Dr. Baer’s time at KU Leuven’s Antwerp campus.

Dr. Jay Liebowitz (2015): “What a wonderful opportunity—intellectual rigor, cultural exploration, and chocolate! My two weeks as a Fulbright Specialist at KU-Leuven are extremely valuable and special.” Read more about Dr. Liebowitz’s visit to KU Leuven.