Florida Polytechnic University Awards
The Fulbright Commission in Brussels is offering two unique opportunities for Belgian and Luxembourgish students and scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University.

Fulbright Partner Award for Graduate Studies

Florida Polytechnic University provides a scholarship for a Belgian or Luxembourgish student to pursue a master’s degree (one or two year) at Florida Polytechnic University in the College of Innovation & Technology or College of Engineering. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field and will submit an independent application to Florida Polytechnic University.

BENEFITS OFFERED BY FLORIDA POLY

  • Support during the fall and spring semesters, renewable on a semester-by-semester basis for up to three academic semesters
  • The assistantship includes two support elements: direct payment for services as a teaching and/or research assistant and tuition support
  • The direct pay for services is paid as a stipend of $4800 for each semester ($9600 a year)
  • Tuition support at the in-state graduate student level is available for up to 9 hours per semester tuition paid)
  • All out-of-state fees are waived

 

BENEFITS OFFERED BY FULBRIGHT

  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Brussels
  • Travel stipend of $1000
  • Sickness and accident insurance
  • In-country programming (e.g. Gateway Orientations, Enrichment Seminars)
  • Prestigious title and alumni network

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Belgian or Luxembourgish citizenship
  • Proficiency in English
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Academic excellence, generally defined as distinction in each year of study or a grand distinction in the most recent year of study; please note that candidates without these grades are still encouraged to apply if they have outstanding personal or professional backgrounds

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Americanized CV
  • Study or Research Objectives Essay
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Transcripts and diplomas from most recent degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into online application by chosen recommenders)
  • Writing sample (for doctoral students only)

 

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 program in the next academic year. For example, if you intend to start a program 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. Candidates are responsible for applying for admission at Florida Polytechnic University (https://floridapoly.edu/academics/graduate/) and for the Fulbright Program simultaneously. Interested applicants are advised to contact us before starting their application. No papers should be mailed to our office.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.

START ONLINE APPLICATION

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 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.

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair

The Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Florida Polytechnic University is a research position for Belgian and Luxembourgish post-doctoral researchers and professors. The Fulbright Chair will carry out the program of research, teaching, and service outlined in the successful application, normally for a minimum of one semester.

The selected grantee will be focused on research pertaining to any of the following general subject areas:

  • Computer science
  • Computer engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Operations research
  • Health informatics and big data
  • Autonomous vehicles

 

BENEFITS OFFERED BY FLORIDA POLY

  • Financial support of $25,000
  • On-campus support (e.g. office space)

 

BENEFITS OFFERED BY FULBRIGHT

  • 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

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • 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)

 

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. Candidates are responsible to secure an invitation from Florida Polytechnic University to apply for the Fulbright Program simultaneously. Interested applicants are advised to contact us before starting their application. No papers should be mailed to our office.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.

START ONLINE APPLICATION

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 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.

About Florida Polytechnic University

The newest of the twelve institutions in the State University System of Florida, Florida Polytechnic University is a public university that focuses primarily on STEM education. As stated on the university’s website, the mission of Florida Polytechnic University is to prepare 21st century learners in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals through interdisciplinary teaching, leading-edge research and collaborative local, regional and global partnerships. To learn more about the university, please visit floridapoly.edu.