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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


1 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

The Fulbright Commission in Brussels offers 1 Open Study/Research Award to Luxembourg per year for students interested in graduate study, independent research, or a combination thereof. Applications are welcome in all academic disciplines.


Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

The standard grant is for a duration of nine months. Grants will follow the academic calendar, beginning in mid-September and concluding in mid-June. Candidates wishing to begin the grant period at another time should explicitly state this in their application.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

Prior to departure, the Fulbright Commission will organize a virtual pre-departure orientation for Fulbright grantees to Belgium and Luxembourg. Upon arrival in September, grantees will be required to attend an in-country orientation with the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and will be invited to additional orientation events with the staff at the U.S. Embassy to Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates at all graduate degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently without supervision; preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a track record of successful independent study.

Projects can be either full-time study, full-time research, or a combination of independent research and participation in a graduate degree program or other advanced courses. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines. Proposed projects should be innovative yet feasible and should build off the candidate's overall academic education and prior work. Applicants are encouraged to visit the website of the Fulbright Commission to see examples of past successful projects.

For all awards, the Commission seeks applicants who:

  • Demonstrate professional and academic excellence;
  • Outline a strong rationale and methodology for pursuing their project in Luxembourg;
  • Possess qualities of a cultural ambassador and show genuine interest in promoting mutual understanding as a Fulbright grantee; and
  • Indicate how they will benefit from an contribute to the Fulbright Program in Luxembourg.

Please be aware that applicants wishing to apply for the Fulbright-Schuman Award to the European Union must follow the guidelines on the EU Award summary page and will not be considered if they apply for an award to Luxembourg.

Diversity Statement

The Fulbright Commission in Brussels is actively looking for candidates for the US Student program with diverse backgrounds or projects that they would like to implement in Luxembourg. We are committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of grantees to Luxembourg to highlight the vast plethora of talent and qualifications that the United States has to offer. In addition to the traditional academic background, we also encourage applications from professionals, researchers or candidates with significant experience in the field they would like to do research in. Professionals could be policy-makers, policy analysts, researchers at think tanks, non-profit organizations (NGOs), associations, learned societies, foundations, decision-makers at state or federal government offices and individuals in industry or the media with relevant professional experience for their proposed project. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Candidates with extensive experience should strongly consider applying for the US Scholar Program.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Luxembourg is a small, multilingual and multicultural country with large migrant populations and a network of free public transportation network that spans the Grand Duchy. Fulbright grantees in Luxembourg are enrolled as students at the University of Luxembourg - even if that is not their main affiliation for their project - to grant them access to affordable student housing in the south of the country. Grantees are in touch with the Fulbright Commission in Brussels and with staff at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg to facilitate their cultural integration and also invite them to events in both Luxmebourg and Belgium. Luxembourg offers a wide array of unique cultural events throughout the year and a diverse and international experience packed into a country small enough to feel accessible and friendly. 

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
6 Months
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Foreign language proficiency is not required but some basic proficiency is recommended in one of Luxembourg's three national languages (French, German, or Luxembourgish). In order to develop a feasible proposal, 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.

Upon selection, some study of the local language prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliation. While proof is not required at the time of application, preliminary contact with the host institution(s) is encouraged and preference will be given to candidates who include admission or affiliation letters in their application. Preliminary contacts with and letters of support from host institutions are accepted at the time of application.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

Applicants who will be undertaking a full-time graduate program 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 cover the cost of these fees.


Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1600 monthly stipend amount in
€ [Euro]

Grantees in this award are expected to receive €1,600/month to cover living expenses. These amounts are subject to change and are only confirmed once successful candidates have signed their Terms of Award with the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.

One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1500 in
€ [Euro]
  • Settling in allowance

Grantees in this award are expected to receive a one-time travel stipend currently set at €1,500 to cover the cost of round-trip flights to/from Luxembourg, the costs of applying for the AST (visa) and the residence permit process once in the country, and other miscellaneous requirements linked to the grant. 

Additional Grant Benefits
  • Mid-year seminar

The Fulbright mid-year meeting usually takes place in Brussels in early February and includes a grantee symposium to present your work (optional), a meeting with the Fulbright Commission and some sort of cultural engagement activity (e.g. a museum visit, a chocolate workshop, etc.) The Fulbright Commission may be able to offer financial support to grantees making the journey to this mandatory event. 

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

Cost of living in Luxembourg is, on average, a bit higher than the average cost of living in the United States. You can find a list of average prices here, including the option to compare cost of living to where you are currently located. Compared to most of the United States, these are some major differences: 

  1. Healthcare is usually quite affordable: an appointment with a general practitioner would normally cost around €25 ($28).

  2. Public transportation in Luxembourg is free throughout the country and for all modes of transport - trams, trains and buses. The only exception is 1st class seats on trains. The scheme applies to residents, cross-border commuters and tourists alike, and more information on other mobility options in Luxembourg can be found here

  3. Although rent is much higher in Luxembourg than in most of the U.S., grantees are enrolled as students and have access to student housing at an affordable rate. 
Dependent financial support is NOT available

The Fulbright Commission in Brussels does not provide financial support to grantees bringing dependents, but we do provide additional information for how to bring dependents on the grant. Any dependents wishing to come to Luxembourg for more than 90 days in any 180-day period will be required to apply for a visa as well. This is typically done at the same time as the AST application for the grantee.

Please keep in mind that childcare may be difficult to come by in Luxembourg, so bringing young children can pose additional challenges. Enrollment in primary or secondary schools is possible in most cases for grantees staying in Luxembourg for longer than 90 days. More resources can be provided on a case by case basis.

Housing Arrangements

Fulbright grantees, regardless of their placement, may be offered the possibility of student housing through the University of Luxembourg. The University of Luxembourg has student housing facilities located at the center and the south of Luxembourg, and university residences are highly recommended by the Fulbright Commission and U.S. Embassy to Luxembourg.

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