Fulbright Scholarships – Grants for Professional Journalists

Deadline: DECEMBER 1

IMPORTANT NOTE: These separate journalism scholarships are not available for 2017-2018 application cycle. If you are interested in studying journalism in the U.S., please apply under the grants for graduate studies. In addition, the Fulbright Commission and the University of Missouri is offering a 2017 scholarship for a mid-career professional (Belgian or Luxembourgish citizen) in journalism with at least 5 years of experience in journalism. When: End of August 2017 until Christmas 2018. What: Audit any two classes at Missouri journalism school, Participate in guest lectures, round table discussions with students and scholars. Money: receive 3000 euros/month during 4 months plus money for the flight. University of Missouri’s School of Journalism website:

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.

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).


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, 2016: Competition opens, applications begin

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.

December 1, 2016: Deadline to submit the online application form

January 25, 2017: 10 minute interview in English at the Commission for Educational Exchange in Brussels
Late February/March 2017: Applicants notified by e-mail
Mid-June 2017: Pre-departure meeting at the U.S. Embassy and reception with the U.S. Ambassador
August 2017-March 2018: Departures to the U.S.

Questions? Please can contact


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