As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Fulbright awards scholarships to Belgian and Luxembourgish citizens to lecture or conduct research in any academic field at an accredited U.S. institution for a period between three months and one academic year (9 months). Applicants must present a letter of invitation from an American university or think tank.
- Scholarship of up to $3000 per month
- J-1 visa sponsorship
- Pre-Departure Orientation in Brussels
- Travel stipend of $1000
- Sickness and accident insurance
- In-country programming (e.g. Enrichment Seminars)
- Prestigious title and alumni network
- Belgian or Luxembourgish citizenship
- Proficiency in English
- Minimum of a doctoral degree (PhD) by the time of departure or 5+ years of professional experience
- Academic excellence or outstanding personal/professional background
- Americanized CV
- 3 to 5 page single-spaced Project Statement
- 1 to 3 page Bibliography of References relevant to the proposed research
- Transcripts and diplomas from most recent degree. Note: You must have a PhD diploma in hand by the time of departure to the U.S.
- Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into online application by chosen recommenders)
- Letter of invitation or affiliation from a U.S. host institution; this letter should contain the institution’s letterhead and mention the exact dates (or academic term) of your research stay as well as any facilities you will have access to during your grant
Please note that we do not require supplemental forms such as a letter of your home institution or official exam results (e.g., TOEFL). However, it is optional to include these test results in the appropriate application fields.
HOW TO APPLY
The application period to apply for this grant is between September 15 and December 1 for applicants who intend to start their research or lecturing in the next academic year. For example, if you intend to start your research or lecturing in the academic year of 2020-2021, you will need to apply for a grant between September 15 and December 1, 2019. Every applicant needs to complete an online application by noon on December 1 including the required documents. No papers should be mailed to our office and it is not required for applicants to contact us before starting their application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.
APPLY HERE: (competition will open on September 15)
All applications are evaluated by our Selections Committee. The most competitive applicants demonstrate ambassadorial qualities and a genuine interest in cultural exchange. It is important for candidates to articulate a clear, creative, and feasible plan for their time in the United States and to explain why this is the right time to pursue their plan and how their grant will ultimately help them achieve their personal and professional goals in the future. The Commission is looking for candidates who will have a multiplier effect within their U.S., Belgian or Luxembourgish communities and who wish to ultimately return to Belgium or Luxembourg to share their knowledge and experiences after their grant has ended.
Candidates are responsible for applying and securing letters of invitation on their own. Candidates with strong completed applications submitted by the deadline will be invited to the Commission in the last week of January for a mandatory interview in English. Interviews are in person, and cannot be rescheduled. The interview will include a discussion of your motivations for going to the U.S., your plans when you arrive, and how you will improve U.S. relations between Belgium or Luxembourg as an alumni when you return. Successful candidates will demonstrate ambassadorial qualities, English proficiency, and the ability to explain their academic proposal in simple terms. The Selections Committee is composed of Belgian, Luxembourgish and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.
HEAR FROM OUR GRANTEES
Dr. Jozefien De Bock, Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Clemson University
“Doing a Fulbright gave me the chance to go and live in a place that fascinated me very much but where I would otherwise never have been able to live: the rural [American] South. Much more than just an academic opportunity, my Fulbright year provided me with the freedom to take the time to really get to know the region, its people and its heritage. This allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of the history and present dynamics of the South, which have had such an important impact on what the U.S. is today. It gave me the chance to really learn to combat prejudice, my own and that of others. In short, it was an experience that I now think crucial to my development as a person and as a researcher.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am a Belgian/Luxembourgish citizen living abroad. Can I apply?
As a Belgian or Luxembourgish citizen, you may apply for a Fulbright grant if you are living in any country except the United States. If you are resident in the United States, a dual U.S.-Belgium or U.S.-Luxembourg citizen, or hold a Green Card at the time of application, you are ineligible to apply.
I do not have Belgian/Luxembourgish citizenship, but am currently living/studying/working there. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program?
No. Eligibility for the Fulbright Program is based on nationality, not residence.
I am a Belgian/Luxembourgish citizen currently pursuing my studies in the United States. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program?
Candidates already in the United States at the time of application and those who have resided in the U.S. for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible to apply. Moreover, please note that preference will be given to those who have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S. with “substantial recent experience” being study, research or employment for a period of aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past five years.
I intend to pursue a medical residency or clinical medical research or training in the U.S.? Can I apply?
The Fulbright Program will not fund applicants seeking to enroll in a medical degree program nor does it offer grants to those who wish to conduct clinical medical research or training involving patient care and/or contact. (both human and animal)
As a participant in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, will I be subject to the two-year home requirement after my grant?
Yes. All Fulbright grantees must travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, which requires them to return to Belgium or their country of permanent legal residency for at least two years at some point after their grant before they are allowed to return to the U.S. to live or work permanently on an H, L, K or LPR visa. More information about the two-year rule can be found here.
Am I responsible for arranging my own affiliation to my host institution?
Yes. Applying to a host institution in the United States is a separate, simultaneous process. Please note that if you have chosen a university as your host institution, its accreditation should be recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.
When do I need to provide proof of affiliation or invitation to a U.S. university in my application?
Scholars must upload invitation letters from their host institution before the deadline of December 1.
The online application has asked me to do something different to the application instructions on the website. What should I do?
The online application system is used by Fulbright Programs around the world and application procedures differ greatly from country to country. You must follow the guidelines presented by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.
Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require me to contact them before beginning the application? We do NOT require applicants to contact us before beginning the application. You can start your online application without contacting us beforehand.
Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require supplemental forms?
We do NOT require supplemental forms such as the letter of the home institution or official exam results (e.g., TOEFL). However, it is optional to include these test results in the appropriate application fields.
Can I mail physical documents to the Fulbright Commission?
No. The application is completed entirely online.
When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for an interview?
Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email in mid-January. Interviews will take place during the last week of January or in the first week of February.
When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for a Fulbright Award?
Successful applicants will be contacted via email in late February or early March. Successful applicants must then be officially approved by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and should receive a confirmation of their grant in mid-March.