Each year, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels invites other Fulbright offices within the EU to nominate one or two distinguished American grantees to travel to Belgium and Luxembourg for a four-day seminar focusing on the European Union and NATO. Over the course of four days, seminar participants explore the structure and function of these organizations and learn how these institutions affect their academic, professional, and personal lives. Highlights of the annual seminar include visits to the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, the U.S. Mission to the EU, and NATO Headquarters. Participants also have an opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Belgium and Luxembourg through tours of Luxembourg City, Brussels, and Bruges as well as visits to the Bastogne War Museum and College of Europe.
For many participants, the most memorable aspect of the seminar is the unique opportunity to engage with fellow Fulbrighters from a variety of academic backgrounds and grant placements across Europe. At the end of the week, the participants emerge with not only a better understanding of the role and importance of the European Union and NATO but also with a greater appreciation for the scope of the Fulbright Program and the work of their fellow scholars.
The annual seminar also marks the only time in which American Fulbright-Schuman students and scholars, whose research takes them across the European Union, will also come from all over Europe to Belgium for their mid-year meeting during the seminar. The 2017 EU-NATO Seminar featured presentations by several U.S. Fulbright-Schuman grantees as well as a lecture by Dr. Christie S. Warren, the Fulbright-Schuman Chair at the European Union Institute in Florence.
Participants are U.S. Fulbright grantees who have been nominated by the Fulbright Commission in their host country. While the majority of participants are younger than 30 years old, participants may be students, teachers, lecturers, or researchers and need not be specialists in the subject of the seminar. If space permits, American grantees willing and able to pay their own participation costs may also register to attend with the approval of their local Fulbright office.
EU-NATO Seminar 2018
The 2018 Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO will be held on 20-24 February 2018. European Fulbright Commissions are kindly requested to submit their nomination(s) for participating grantees by 15 November, with a firm registration deadline of 1 December 2017 for all participants. A small number of spaces may be available for U.S. Fulbright grantees who wish to pay their own way. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
EU-NATO Seminar 2017
In 2017, U.S. Fulbright grantees to 19 countries across Europe had the opportunity to participate in the thirty-sixth annual EU-NATO Seminar. Read more about this year’s event here (http://www.fulbrightschuman.eu/2017/02/eu-nato-seminar-2017/) and visit our Flickr (https://flic.kr/s/aHskU7Scfd) account to see more photos from the event.
“This seminar is a major highlight of my Fulbright year! I have made friends for life here, and I mean that in a very genuine way. Thank you many, many times over for creating this opportunity for us.” — 2017 EU-NATO Seminar participant
“I feel lucky to have been chosen to participate. I learned quite a bit about NATO and the EU, and I had the opportunity to interact with some really impressive researchers and learn more about their projects. I only wish that the seminar had lasted longer!” — 2017 EU-NATO Seminar participant
“I’ve been to many workshops and conferences in my career and this was easily one of the best. Having the opportunity to learn about the EU and NATO through these first hand accounts was priceless, while getting to know so many Fulbrighters from around Europe really underlined how amazing this program is.” — 2017 EU-NATO Seminar participant
EU-NATO Seminar 2016
In 2016, 40 U.S Fulbright grantees to 22 countries in Europe had the opportunity to participate in the thirty-fifth annual EU-NATO Seminar. Read more about this year’s event here (https://laureatscommissionfrancoamericaine.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/fulbright-eu-seminar-2016-deep-dive-into-the-inner-workings-of-the-european-union-and-its-relations-with-the-united-states/) and visit our Flickr (https://flic.kr/s/aHskuwmivn) account to see more photos from the event.
“Overall, everything was excellent and I only heard positive things from the others. The group dynamic is also important for grantees to network and I feel there was enough time for this. Cultural excursions are always welcome, but definitely a time constraint. Good job!” — 2016 EU-NATO Seminar participant
“Meeting the other participants on this trip was an absolute highlight for me; their projects were fascinating!” — 2016 EU-NATO Seminar participant