Fulbright Schuman Fellowships

Overview

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Grants are offered to citizens of any EU Member State to study or research on EU policy, EU institutions or EU-US relations at any US accredited institution. Student grants are normally for a minimum period of one academic year. However, applications for pre-doctoral research for a minimum period of 6 months will also be considered.   Detailed information and application instructions are available from the Fulbright-Schuman website.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission does not directly administer this award and the selection process is in conjunction with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Benefits

Fulbright Schuman Postgraduate grants typically include a monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of €2,000 for postgraduate grantees, plus an allowance of €2,000 for round-trip air transportation and relocation costs. The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at €29,000. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity.

Benefits also include health insurance, J1 visa processing and participation in a number of Fulbright Scholar events. 

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility for this award category:

 

  • EU citizen, proficient in English
  • at least three months academic/professional experience in two or more EU Member States
  • proven level of academic or professional excellence as well as outstanding records
  • the necessary credentials to be accepted onto a US postgraduate course

Preference will be given to those who do not have extensive, recent experience in the US (6 months)and those with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree. EU professionals and professionals in training (decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration) are encouraged to apply.

 

Current or retired officials of Community institutions are not eligible to apply.  

 

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

 

 

 

Applying

The US-UK Fulbright Commission does not directly administer this award and the selection process is in conjunction with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg.

For more information and to access the application form please visit the Fulbright Schuman website.

 

 

Timeline

15 September - Application available to view online. Applicants may begin filling in application but may not submit it at this time

1 November - Awards open for entries - candidates may submit applications from this date

1 December - Deadline for submission of application form

Early February - Commission in Brussels informs Commission in UK of those UK-based applicants that should be interviewed; UK Commission staff invite UK-based applicants to interview in London

Mid/late February - UK-based applicants interview with UK Commission in London

Late March/early April - Final selection by the Commission in Brussels

April - Notification of selection

June-July - Successful candidates accepted at US universities, J1 visa paperwork preparation

9-10 July 2014 - Pre-departure Orientation in London, Your Fulbright Year begins

From August onwards - Independent departure for the US