Fulbright Scholarships – Grants for Professional Journalists

Deadline: DECEMBER 1
The Fulbright Journalism Scholarship is meant to foster mutual understanding between the United States and Belgium via journalists, who the Commission believes to be critical supporters of a democratic society. Preference is given to mid-career journalists engaged in print or broadcast journalism who wish to study for a period of three to nine months at an accredited U.S. university. Candidates who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in Journalism will also be considered.

The grant of $15,000 – $30,000 is intended to cover part of tuition and fees, books and academic supplies and room and board. J-1 visa sponsorship and sickness & accident insurance are provided by the Commission for Educational Exchange. Benefits also include a location-conditional discount on a Brussels Airlines ticket.

Candidates must:

  • Be citizens of Belgium
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have ambassadorial qualities
  • Have at least 2 years of professional experience in Journalism
  • Demonstrate a proven level of academic and/or professional excellence

All candidates must also be proficient in English and secure admission to a specific study program and/or research project at an accredited U.S. institution.

Please submit a preliminary application to see if you are eligible to apply for this award, and refer to the application schedule below.


For those deadlines that fall on a weekend, please use the previous Friday at NOON (12pm) as the deadline to submit all applications and supporting materials online:

September 15, 2015: Competition opens, applications begin

Application links:

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.


FOREIGN FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS (will have a PhD by time of departure for the US):

Proof of PhD needed by April 1st of the following Dec 1st deadline for PhD candidates applying for the scholar category.

December 1, 2015: Deadline to submit the online application form
Mid-March, 2016: 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels
Late-March 2014: Applicants notified by e-mail
Mid-June 2016: Pre-departure meeting at the U.S. Embassy and reception with the U.S. Ambassador
August 2016-March 2017: Departures to the U.S.


Linda Thompson, MA in Journalism at Columbia University, New York


American University
Washington, DC
Program in Journalism and Public Affairs

Boston University
Boston, MA
Department of Journalism

Columbia University
New York, NY
Graduate School of Journalism

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
New York, NY
Graduate Program

Emerson College
Boston, MA
Department of Journalism

Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.
Department of Journalism

New York University
New York, NY
Department of Journalism

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Medill school of Journalsim

Ohio University
Athens, OH
Scripps School of Journalism

Point Park University
Pittsburgh, PA
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Department of Broadcast Journalism

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Program in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL
College of Media

University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
Phillip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
School of Communication

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Missouri School of Journalism

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Program in Broadcast Journalism

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Program in Print Journalism

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Program in Specialized Journalism