Grants for Belgian & Luxembourgian Citizens

Fulbright awards fund Belgian and Luxembourgian citizens to study, research, or lecture at an accredited U.S. institution for a period between three months and one year.

Applications for academic year 2018-2019:

  • Applicants who will travel to the United States without a PhD are placed in the “Student” category and are required to remain in the U.S. for a minimum of 4 months;
  • Applicants who have significant work experience or have a PhD (or will have a PhD by time of departure to the U.S.) are placed in the “Visiting Scholar Research” category and may remain for a minimum of 3 months.
  • All departures must take place between August 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Grant categories:

Fulbright benefits:

  • $1,000 to $30,000 based on merit and financial need. The money may be used to cover flights, tuition, living costs, etc.;
  • Sickness and accident insurance for grantees (not dependents);
  • J-visa sponsorship for grantees and any accompanying dependents;
  • Pre-departure orientation and reception at the U.S. Embassy to Belgium;
  • Gateway orientations in the U.S.:  http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/gateways.html;
  • Fulbright Enrichment Seminars in the U.S.:  http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/current_enrichment_seminars.html
  • Active Fulbright networks to welcome them in the United States and as an alumnus in Belgium when they return;
  • Location-conditional discount on a Brussels Airlines ticket: http://brusselsairlines.com/

Application process:

  • The first step is to complete online application. Please note that you will need to address why you are applying for a Fulbright grant in your application. The Fulbright program is about mutual understanding: please explain very clearly in the application how you would carry out this mission.
  • Complete online application by noon on December 1, 2017. Applications include:
  • Biographical information
  • Personal Statement/ Study Objectives or Research Proposal essays
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Any letter(s) of admission or letter(s) of affiliation obtained
  • Mandatory in-person interview for selected final candidates (not for all who applied)
  • Notification of award: end of February

Belgian/Luxembourgian citizens whose projects relate to U.S.-EU affairs, EU policy, or EU institutions should check their eligibility for the Fulbright-Schuman award (www.fulbrightschuman.eu) also administered by the Commission in Brussels. This award is valued at €3,000/month for senior scholars or €2,000/month for junior scholars and PhD researchers and a €2,000 relocation grant and a December 1, 2017 application deadline.

Note 1: Combination of BAEF fellowship and Fulbright or other scholarships are certainly possible and will remain possible for the academic year 2018-2019.

Each organization -Fulbright, BAEF- or any other organization makes its own selection of grantees. Later on and on a case by case basis, each organization will evaluate the need of the Fellow on the basis of his studies or research program in the U.S.

For instance in 2015, BAEF funded postdoctoral researcher with an amount of 45,000 US$ for a period of 12 months in the U.S. BAEF agreed that an additional amount of 10,000 US$ (either from Fulbright, FWO, BOF…) for the post-doctoral researcher would be acceptable without reducing the amount of 45,000USD of its BAEF Fellowship.

Note 2: Fulbright and FWO grants can be combined to a certain extent. The total combined amount of the two grants cannot exceed €2,150 per month. Beyond this amount, funding may be decreased by FWO or Fulbright.

More information on the different types of grants:

The Commission administers grants for educational and cultural exchange to Belgian and American citizens looking to study, research, or lecture in the partner country. While most of the funding comes from the Belgian and United States governments for awards whose eligibility is defined autonomously by the Commission, some awards are sponsored by individuals, companies, associations, and accredited Belgian and American universities solely for Fulbright applicants coming to or from their institutions. Check out this page for partner awards (All Academic Fields, Business Awards, International Relations Awards, Law Awards).

Questions? If you are a student, please contact student@fulbright.be; if you are a scholar, you can contact scholar@fulbright.be.