Study/Research Grants for Students

The Fulbright Commission awards study/research grants for American students to Belgium and Luxembourg. Grants are typically for nine months, from mid-September through mid-June.

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.

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

For more information about eligibility, please visit us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/belgium (for applicants to Belgium) and us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/luxembourg (for applicants to Luxembourg).

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 us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/belgium (for applicants to Belgium) and us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/luxembourg (for applicants to Luxembourg).

Candidates are responsible for securing their own admission or affiliation at a university, conservatory, think tank, or non-profit organization in Belgium or Luxembourg. While proof is not required at the time of application, preliminary contact with the host institution(s) is and preference will be given to candidates who include admission or affiliation letters in their application. Selected candidates must ultimately submit evidence of an affiliation at least four months before arriving in Belgium or Luxembourg.

Hear from the Grantees

Savannah Kounelis, Fulbright Grantee to Belgium (2016-2017): “Being able to conduct research and interact with people from Belgium and around the world in Leuven has given me the opportunity to learn a great deal about my host country while also partaking in events that have allowed me to share my first-hand knowledge of the US with others. At a time fraught with worries about the future state of global relationships, I feel that the exchange and bonding that happens between internationals during the Fulbright program couldn’t be of more importance since it embodies how we should all continue to move forward: together.” Read more about Savannah’s experience in Belgium here.

Jacqueline Drayer, Fulbright Grantee to Belgium (2015-2016): “The Fulbright Research Grant has provided a joyous experience that allows me to travel around the country, intimately experience another culture, and learn that language of my new friends and colleagues. When I studied abroad in college for a couple of months, I never shook the feeling of being a tourist. Arriving in Ghent more or less alone, I have come to feel part of the country and community by learning more about aesthetic culture through my research; running errands using Flemish; and experiencing Belgian holidays, customs, and quotidian ways of life with the people I have become close to here. When I return to America I will have more than a guide to successful adaptive reuse, I will also have lived experience of being a bit Belgian.” Read more about Jacqueline’s experience in Belgium here.

Catherine Bennett, Fulbright Grantee to Luxembourg (2015-2016): “At the beginning of my undergraduate education, I intended to go directly to medical school after graduation. During my sophomore year, I started working on a research project that became the subject of my senior honors thesis and sparked my interest in research. The Fulbright Program gave me the opportunity to conduct clinical research on a topic that remains of interest to me, personalized medicine for cancer patients. My Fulbright year in Luxembourg working at the Luxembourg Institute of Health enabled me to combine my interest in medical research with my desire to immerse myself in the culture and language of another country.” Read more about Catherine’s experience in Luxembourg here.

Want to hear more about the U.S. student grantee 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.

Successful Grantee Projects

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

2017-2018: Open Study/Research Grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg

  • Cody Fuelling, University of Luxembourg: “Ground-Level Regional Differences in Luxembourg’s Genocide Education”
  • Emily Krasnow, KU Leuven: “Effects of Disease-Causing Mutations on Neuromuscular Junctions in an iPSC Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)”
  • Shane Lubold, University of Luxembourg: “Strengthening the 4th Moment Theorem”
  • Samuel Shuman, University of Antwerp & Ghent University: “Cutting Out the Middleman: A European Hasidic Enclave in Economic Transition”
  • Chiamaka Ukachukwu, UC Louvain: “Combating Bacterial Resistance by Characterizing RcsF Export in E. coli”
  • Tal Wammen, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics: “Numerical Modeling of Hypersonic Test Facilities”

2016-2017: Open Study/Research Grantees to Belgium

  • Kevin Bird, Ghent University: “Two Heads are Better than One: Genome Duplication, Heterosis, and Novelty”
  • Doyle Calhoun, KU Leuven: “Digitalizing and Contextualizing French Missionary Analyses of African Languages, c. 1850-1930”
  • Savannah Kounelis, KU Leuven: “Assessing the Role that Matrix Metalloproteinase 3 Plays in the Development of the Cortex”
  • Lydia Walker, Ghent University: “”Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry”

2015-2016: Open Study/Research Grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg

  • Catherine Bennett, Luxembourg Institute of Health: “Developing Effective Procedures for Liquid Biopsy in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients”
  • Thea Dennis, KU Leuven, “Discovering New Targets for Breast Cancer Therapy: A Unique Fatty Acid Pathway”
  • Jacqueline Drayer, Ghent University: “You Can Teach an Old Building New Tricks: Adaptively Reused Art Museums in Belgium”
  • Pari Jafari, Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes: “French Physicians in Nasser-al-Din’s Court: Accounts of Cholera in the Mid-East”
  • Sam Weeks, University of Luxembourg: “The Labor Value(s) of Portuguese-Speaking Workers in Austerity-Era Luxembourg”