Non-Fulbright Awards

In addition to administering Fulbright scholarships, the Commission for Educational Exchange also offers free advice about U.S. higher education, including information on funding options.

The following awards are not awarded by the Commission for Educational Exchange; however, they are alternative funding sources that Belgian students and researchers may consider when seeking to finance their projects in the United States. Please note this list of non-Commission scholarships represents only a selection of various awards that do exist. Applicants may also employ the search engines at the end of this booklet to find new opportunities.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2013, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five fellowships are renewable for a second year.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

The application deadline is December 1.

Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.)

The B.A.E.F. awards grants for graduate study and post-doctoral research to citizens of Belgium. Candidates must apply within four years of having completed their degree at a Belgian university. Grants are for one year and cover tuition, living expenses, and health insurance. The B.A.E.F. also awards conditional grants up to a maximum of $100,000 payable over a period of two academic years to Belgian students wishing to obtain an M.B.A. in the United States. Postgraduate fellowships for biomedical or biotechnology research in the U.S. are also offered. Interested students must submit a preliminary application. Deadline date for final applications: October 31, for MBA candidates March 31.

The Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists (max. age: 27 years) who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory. The fellowship comprises a competitive monthly stipend that is initially granted for 2 years and that can be extended for up to another 12 months. Participation in international scientific conferences is also supported. Deadlines of application: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year. 

Commissariat Général aux Relations Internationales de la Communauté Française de Belgique (C.G.R.I.)

With the aim of supporting the MARSHALL plan for the Walloon Region, the C.G.R.I. will award grants for graduate studies, doctoral or post-doctoral studies, and short-term research. Priority will be given to the following fields of study: transport and logistics, mechanical engineering, life sciences, agro-industrial sciences, aeronautics & aerospace. Consideration may also be given to other fields of study. Applicants should hold a Master’s level diploma awarded by an institution organized or funded by the French-Speaking Community of Belgium. Deadline: April 1st. Other deadlines apply for short-term research grants.

Duesberg-Baily Foundation

A scholarship will be awarded each academic year to a graduate of the University of Liège and the Athénée Royal Thil Lorrain de Verviers who wishes to continue study overseas. The sponsors of this scholarship hope to promote mutual understanding and openness in young people. For further details, please contact:

Athénée Royal Thil Lorrain de Verviers
Rue Thil Lorrain 1-3
B-4800 Verviers
Tel.: 087/33.95.08


EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 24 months, depending on a positive interim request from the host supervisor. It is possible to apply when the applicant has already started at the receiving institute.

Short-Term Fellowships are also available to fund research visits of up to three months to laboratories in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and the Women in Science award recognizes the exceptional achievements of one woman working in the life sciences in Europe with a prize of 10,000 euro and the opportunity to give a plenary lecture at the FEBS Congress.

Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research /teaching period in the United States or another approved country.

European Research Council

European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

Fondation Fernand Lazard

The Fondation Fernand Lazard offers interest-free loans to students who are citizens of the EU with a Master Degree from a Belgian University/High School.  Maximum amount: 25,000 euros. Deadline: February 5.

Fondation Fernand Lazard
Av. de Merode 100
B-1330 Rixensart
Tel : 02/687.21.40 ·

Fondation Cancérologique Saint- Michel

Grants for doctors, cancer researchers and other professionals in the medical field.  This scholarship is for medical professionals pursuing cancer research, doing  clinical studies on cancer and/or for other projects involving a specific action regarding patient care and the technical and psychological support of the patient and his/her family in oncology.

For more details please contact:
Jacques Hermans
Tel: 0479/96.93.92
E-mail :

Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (F.N.R.S.)

The F.N.R.S. offers various postdoctoral research grants to researchers and professors of the Belgian French-speaking Community. Applications for grants for research abroad for a maximum of twelve months must be submitted by February 1st of the preceding academic year. F.N.R.S. also offers grants for scientific conferences in the U.S. Requests must be submitted at least three months before the date of the conference. Finally, grants are available for scientific training abroad (maximum two months). Requests must be submitted at least three months in advance.

Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (F.W.O.)

The F.W.O. offers grants to students, professors and researchers of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap involving pre- or postdoctoral research abroad (NOT to obtain a degree or diploma) for a maximum of ten months.  It also offers grants for conferences or short-term research, not to exceed six weeks.

German Marshall Fund (GMF)

Since its inception, the German Marshall Fund has brought Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities.

GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy issues. Their list of fellowships is below:

Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship

Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships

Manfred Wörner Seminar

Transatlantic Academy Fellowships

Transatlantic Fellows Program

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Human Frontier Science Program

The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience and the interactions between organisms. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

HFSP funding programs are strictly project-related and begin at the postdoctoral level. They vary in length.

IIE Centennial Fellowship

The IIE Centennial Fellowship is a new annual fellowship program that honors IIE’s Centennial and our association with the Fulbright Program. The IIE Centennial Fellowship seeks to enhance the Fulbright Program as a life-long experience and recognize Fulbright alumni whose work embodies the underlining Fulbright values of mutual understanding, leadership, global problem solving, and global impact.

For its inaugural year, four Fulbright alumni will be selected to receive fellowship awards of up to $25,000 to help fund ongoing or planned projects that present innovate ideas that tackle global challenges, advance scholarship, and/or widen access to education. IIE Centennial Fellowships will fund projects for up to 1 year. Candidates may work or study in any field and do not need to have an institutional affiliation.

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Intercollegiate Center for Management (I.C.M.) Doctoral Fellowship Program

Intercollegiate Center for Management Science awards each year doctoral fellowships in Management Science. The award is granted annually for a period of three years. It involves a stay of one year in a foreign university.

Applications are welcome from scholars of all nationalities graduated from a Belgium University admitted to study for a doctorate and admitted to one of the Doctoral Schools in the field of Management Science. Applicants must have been graduated cum magna laude in their final year or at-least cum laude in one intermediate year.

Completed application materials must be received in the CIM-ICM office on or before March 1.

International Forum for U.S. Studies

The Forum hosts highly qualified international scholars in U.S. Studies for residencies lasting from two weeks to one year.

The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research is dedicated to providing financial support to offer highly qualified scientists the opportunity to pursue research into the causes and origins of cancer. These three-year grants award $50,000/year to successful applicants, who, in general, should not have more than ONE YEAR of postdoctoral experience or three years post-M.D. experience from the February 1 application deadline.

National Humanities Center

The competition for fellowships at the National Humanities Center is open to humanistic scholars from all nations. The National Humanities Center offers approximately 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and recent Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. In addition to supporting scholars of recognized accomplishment, the Center awards fellowships to promising young scholars who are no more than ten years beyond graduate study and are undertaking projects significantly beyond their dissertation research. Most fellowships are awarded for an academic year, though a few are available for a single semester. Completed applications and recommendation letters must be sent to the Center by October 1 for the following academic year.

National Research Council Fellowships and Associateships

Approximately 450 full-time Associateships for recent Ph.D. recipients and senior researchers in science and engineering will be awarded by the National Research Council. Candidates may conduct research on problems of their choice that are compatible with the interests of the 115 sponsoring laboratories. Stipends range from $27,150 to $42,000 depending on the sponsoring lab, and may be renewed for a maximum of three years. Apply before February 1, May 1, August 1, or November 1.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships are awarded annually to women who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada for graduate study in a degree program from accredited schools in the United States and Canada. The maximum amount for a full twelve (12) months of study is $10,000. To determine eligibility, complete the Eligibility Form and submit between September 15 and December 15.


Since 1976, Rolex has honoured extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and conviction to take on major challenges. Each Rolex Award for Enterprise is given for a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world – one that deserves support for its capacity to improve lives, or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. These projects have touched all aspects of humanity by expanding knowledge or improving life on the planet.  The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. Projects are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise. Rolex recognizes the refreshing approach that young people have to solving problems. The first set of Awards devoted to Young Laureates, aged between 18 and 30 years, took place in 2009 with the idea of supporting visionary young men and women at a critical juncture in their careers. The 2014 series of Awards will also be devoted to Young Laureates. Each Laureate receives 100,000 Swiss francs for his or her project. Young Laureates receive 50,000 Swiss francs. In addition, Rolex ensures winners receive access to its network of more than 100 past Laureates, as well as the benefit of international publicity through media coverage and the Rolex Awards website.

Rotary Scholarships

The Belgium & Luxembourg Rotary clubs offer scholarships of various amounts, including Rotary Foundation Scholarships – a one-year scholarship to a maximum amount of $27,000 – and district scholarships – 4-5 scholarships a year worth €8,000 to €12,000 per scholarship (only in districts in 1630 and 2170. The 1620 district replaced by a district grants scholarships and loans study without interest ). Applicants should contact their local Rotary districts for more information about eligibility and deadlines. The international Rotary Foundation will make its decision about funding for the following academic year on December 15.

Rotary Student Program – Georgia

The Rotary Clubs of the State of Georgia offer approximately 50 scholarships each year to students wishing to study at the undergraduate level in Georgia.  A few scholarships are available to students for study at the graduate level.  Grants cover tuition and living costs for one academic year.  Students must be recommended by a Rotary Club in Belgium or Luxembourg.  Final applications are due on October 1 for the following academic year.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff in Washington, D.C. and to utilize the resources of the Institution for a grant period of 3-12 months. These fellowships are open to candidates in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biological sciences, earth sciences, American social and cultural history, history of science and technology, history of African art and culture, history of American and oriental art, and materials analysis (archaeometry and conservation sciences). Final applications are due by January 15 for fellowships beginning on or after June 1.

Terra Foundation for American Art

Through our grant program, the Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports and initiates historical American art exhibitions, scholarship, and programs in Chicago, the United States, and throughout the world. We fund projects that focus on American art dating from circa 1500 to 1980, made by artists from what is now the geographic United States. At the heart of any historical American art exhibition, research project, or discussion, is an original work of art and we are committed to supporting opportunities to engage with these works.  Awards range from $3,000 to $30,000 depending on the nature of the program.

Principally, the Terra Foundation’s objective is to foster the understanding of American art worldwide through exhibitions, educational programs, and the dissemination of scholarly resources. We recognize the value of fostering global perspectives in order to enlarge and enhance, and thereby strengthen, the understanding of historical American art. At the same time, we are committed to highlighting the rich and diverse historical American art in Chicago as well as the educational opportunities available through the city’s schools, museums, cultural organizations, and universities.

UACES Travel Grants

Since 2002, UACES has awarded 130 travel scholarships to postgraduate students from 32 different countries. The scholarships are essentially travel bursaries designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. The scholarships are NOT for students looking for funding to enrol in a postgraduate course.

UACES generally offers four Scholarships for a fixed amount of 1,500 GBP to be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members pursuing research in Contemporary European Studies.

Union Astronomique Internationale

Grants for post- doctoral research in astronomy and astrophysics. Application can be made year-round to:

Union Astronomique Internationale
IAU-UAI Secretariat
98 bis, Boulevard Arago
F- 75014 Paris, France

The IAU Secretariat is located in the Institutd’Astrophysique de Paris, 2nd Floor, Offices N° 270,271 and 283.

Union Internationale Contre le Cancer

Grants for medical training or post- doctoral research.International cancer fellowships play a major role in UICC’s vision and mission. They provide opportunities for professional development for cancer investigators, clinicians, nurses, and cancer society staff and volunteers. Application should be sent by October 1.

U.S. Department of Justice – National Institute of Justice

Twelve month grants to enable candidates of any nationality to pursue doctoral research in the field of criminal justice. Deadline varies yearly.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Grants for research in the field of anthropology (cross-cultural, historical, biological and linguistic). Open to students of any nationality who are in the process of completing a doctorate.

Wilson Center Fellowships

Through an international competition, the Center offers approximately 20-22 9-month residential fellowships to candidates who will have or obtain a Ph.D. by the fellowship’s October 1 deadline each year. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence.  The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire U.S. academic year (early September through May). Occasionally, fellowships are awarded for shorter periods, with a minimum of four months.

The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient’s other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual’s current level of income.

Awards will also include round trip travel for fellows. If spouses and/or dependent children will reside with the fellow for the entire fellowship period, money for their travel will also be included. In addition to stipends and travel allowances, the Center provides 75 percent of health insurance premiums for fellows who elect Center coverage and for their accompanying family members.

Zonta International Awards

Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

Zonta JANE M. KLAUSMAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP Established in 1998 from a generous bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees in business management.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients. Zonta International awards scholarships of US $1,000 each at the district/region level and twelve international scholarships in the amount of US $7,000 each. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are awarded annually and may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.

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