Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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4 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months. 6-month applications will only be considered for arts projects and Ph.D. candidates.  

Grants will begin in mid-September through to mid-June. In exceptional circumstances, the Fulbright Commission may consider beginning the grant period at some other time. If this is your preference, indicate it explicitly in your application. Fulbright Grantees will be required to arrive in Brussels for an orientation on September 15, 2015. 

Candidate Profile:

All candidates holding at least a Bachelor’s degree are considered, but Ph.D. candidates who present serious study projects and are capable of independent study are preferred.

Applicants who are graduating seniors proposing independent research projects must obtain an invitation or letter of affiliation as a guest student at a Belgian university or university-level institution and attend Master's-level classes along with their Belgian counterparts.

Proposed projects should be innovative, feasible, and based on the candidate's overall academic education. Applications will be accepted in all fields.

For all awards, the Commission seeks applicants who:

  • Possess excellence (personally, academically, professionally, creatively);
  • Outline a strong rationale and methodology for pursuing their project in Belgium;
  • Demonstrate leadership attributes/potential;
  • Indicate how they will benefit the Fulbright Program in Belgium

Please be aware that applicants wishing to apply for the E.U. award must follow the guidelines on the E.U. award summary page and will not be considered with awards for Belgium.

Accepted Degree Level :




Foreign Language Proficiency:


Level:  Novice to Advanced.

Minimum 1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information: Proficiency in French, Dutch or German is recommended, but not required, at the time of arrival depending on the location of the host institution. Candidates may wish to consult with their prospective host institutions about the availability of courses and programs in English, as well as the possibility of conducting research in English.

Fulbright Proposal Type:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Candidates are responsible for securing their own admission or affiliation at a university, conservatory, think tank, or non-profit organization in Belgium. While proof is not required at the time of application, preliminary contact with the host institution(s) is and preference will be given to candidates who include admission or affiliation letters in their application.

Selected candidates must ultimately submit evidence of an affiliation at least four months before arriving in Belgium.

Affiliation Fees/ Tuition:

Applicants should be aware that tuition waivers are rarely given and are at the discretion of the educational institution. Applicants are responsible for requesting waivers. In the event a fee waiver is not granted, candidates should be aware that the Fulbright grant does not provide the cost of these fees.

Music and Fine Arts Proposals :

Candidates should establish contacts with specialists in their fields who teach at Belgian institutions (conservatories of music, art academies or private institutes) and request a letter of affiliation. The Commission does not accept music and art students who wish to study exclusively with private teachers. The Fulbright Commission will not pay for private lessons. Additional personal funds will be required to cover costs for private lessons, practice facilities, studio space, purchase of materials, etc.


Dependent support is not available.

2 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months.

Grants will begin in mid-September through to mid-June. Grantees will be required to attend an orientation upon arrival on September 15, 2015. 

Candidate Profile:

Candidates should be well-rounded, articulate, and have the initiative required to teach English conversation and American culture in Belgian universities. 

Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate initiative to plan and integrate cultural events into their lesson plans and who will continue to promote U.S.-Belgian relations upon their return to the U.S. Previous teaching experience is welcome. 

Placement Type:

The Fulbright Commission will place the grantee at one Dutch-speaking and one French-speaking institution (either a university or university college). Assistants teach approximately 12 hours per week and may be able to enroll in limited courses upon agreement with the host institution on arrival.

Selected grantees are expected to contribute to the Fulbright Commission’s advising and outreach activities, including speaking to Belgian high school classrooms through the U.S. Embassy’s Meet Us Program: http://belgium.usembassy.gov/resources/meet-us.html

Supplementary Project: Grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. These may include an extracurricular club for students or an independent study/research project or other activity that will complement, but not conflict with, assigned teaching and advising responsibilities. Applicants should include a brief description of their supplementary projects in their Statements of Grant Purpose.


U.S. students currently residing in Belgium and dual U.S./Belgian citizens are ineligible.

Accepted Degree Level:



Foreign Language Proficiency:


Level: Novice.

A minimum of 1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information:  A minimum of novice level French, German or Dutch is recommended by the start date of the grant. 


Dependent support is not available.

University of Antwerp Fulbright Belgium Grant

Grants will be given to three PhD students to spend six months at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Candidates in all fields are welcome to apply.

Grant Period:

6 months

Candidate Profile:

General candidate description - To be eligible, candidates must be pursuing a PhD. Preference will be given to those with in a joint-degree program. The University of Antwerp encourages applications from the following research domains: drug discovery and development, infectious diseases, neurosciences, ecology and sustainable development, logistics, socio-economic policy and organization, imaging, materials characterization, and urban history and contemporary urban policy.

Accepted Degree Levels:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not required

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research - Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment - No


Applicants must arrange their own affiliation with the University of Antwerp, but a letter of affiliation is not required by the time of the application deadline. If applicants can obtain letters of affiliation in advance of the application deadline, please include this. If this is not possible at the time of application, applicants can provide a letter when awarded a grant.


Dependent support is not available.



I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.