University of Missouri Journalism Award

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, the Fulbright and University of Missouri Journalism Award funds a mid-career professional journalist from Belgium or Luxembourg to audit two classes at the Missouri Journalism School and to participate in guest lectures and roundtable discussions with students and scholars between mid-August and mid-December (4 months). Grantees are allowed to choose seminars and courses to audit from a list of available courses offered during the semester. Their interest areas and availability of spaces will determine final placement.

  • Audit classes and participation in lectures and discussions at University of Missouri

September 15 till December 1 (at noon)  


Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.


  • 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 bachelor's degree
  • At least 5 years of experience in journalism
  • Academic excellence or outstanding personal/professional background


  • Americanized CV
  • 3 to 5 page single-spaced Project Statement
  • Transcripts and diploma from most recent degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into online application by chosen recommenders)

*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. 


The application period to apply for this program is between September 15 and December 1 for applicants who intend to start this program in the next academic year. 

E.g. if you intend to start this program in the academic year of 2020-2021, you will need to apply 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. When creating an online account to start a new application, preferably use a personal email address instead of a temporary work or school address.

General instructions on how to complete the online application can be viewed here.

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.

For the Fulbright-University of Missouri Journalism Award applicants only need to apply to the Fulbright Program, and not to the University of Missouri. 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 proposal in simple terms. The Selections Committee is composed of Belgian, Luxembourgish and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.


Most frequent questions and answers

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 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.


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.

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. A list of documents that fulfill the proof of legal residency requirement for each EU country can be found here.


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.

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