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4 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

9 Months

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

The grant period is mid-September through 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 in mid-September, 2018.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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 Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

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 Types

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.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in Belgium.

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

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website