Non-Fulbright Awards

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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.

Funding options

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.

The B.A.E.F. awards grants for graduate study and post-doctoral research to citizens of Belgium.

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.

EMBO offers awards and financial support for scientists at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work.

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.

The 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.

The Fernand Lazard Foundation offers interest-free loans to students who are citizens of the EU with a Master Degree from a Belgian University/High School.

The F.N.R.S. offers various postdoctoral research grants to researchers and professors of the Belgian French-speaking Community.

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.

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.

The IIE Centennial Fellowship is an annual fellowship program that honors IIE’s Centennial and the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grants for post-doctoral research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Grants for medical training or post-doctoral 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.

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.

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.