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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. 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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant 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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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 or Student Program.

European Union

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4 Open Study/Research Awards

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

The Fulbright-Schuman Program, administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium, is jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. It funds projects exclusively dealing with U.S.-EU relations, EU institutions, or EU policy. Awards are available to American students and professionals, including professionals in training – decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration – who wish to study, research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions.

Grant Period

9 Months

Applications for grant periods of 6 to 9 months will be considered.

Grants will follow the academic calendar, with nine-month beginning in roughly mid-September and concluding in mid-June. (Candidates wishing to begin the grant period at another time should explicitly state this in their application.) Grantees will be invited to attend an in-country orientation in the first country of affiliation upon arrival in September. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Grants for research topics are awarded to U.S. students and young professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of study. Preference will be given to applicants with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree who plan to carry out their project in at least two EU member states.

Although applications are accepted in all fields of study, relevance to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions is crucial. Project proposals should focus on observing comparative perspectives on issues of common concern (either U.S.-EU or with reference to EU policy). Proposals may address topics such as internal and external security, peace-keeping, the EU and NATO, justice and home affairs, finance, trade, human rights, agricultural and environmental policies, energy, asylum, human trafficking, development, and EU enlargement. This list of topics is indicative, not exhaustive.

Areas of study must relate to European Union competencies and not merely "Europe" or the countries of Europe. Proposals that focus on only one or two European countries and do not demonstrate a “European added value” will not be considered. In 2021-2022, preference will be given to candidates who propose projects based at least partially in Eastern or Central Europe.

For all awards, the Commission seeks applicants who:

  • Demonstrate professional and academic excellence;
  • Outline a strong rationale and methodology for pursuing their project in Europe and specifically in the proposed EU Member States;
  • Possess qualities of a cultural ambassador and show genuine interest in promoting mutual understanding as a Fulbright grantee; and
  • Indicate how they will benefit U.S.-EU relations during and after their grant period.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Foreign language proficiency is not required. However, candidates should consider how foreign language proficiency will affect the feasibility of their proposed projects and are encouraged to address this in their applications, either by demonstrating proficiency in the local language(s) or identifying available English language resources.

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: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are responsible for arranging affiliations and for submitting supporting documentation for each institution with which they plan to affiliate. This documentation should specify dates and length of time to be spent at each location. See more information below about spending time in multiple EU Member States.


U.S. citizens who currently reside in the EU or receive other European Commission funding (e.g., Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Erasmus Mundus) for the same activity are ineligible for consideration.

Grants will not be provided for participation in the European Commission internship program. Those interested in such internships should contact the Delegation of the Commission of the European Union.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright Online Application, please select European Union: County to Which You are Applying.

Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in the host country(ies).

Multiple Host Institutions & Countries

The ability to affiliate with multiple host institutions and divide up the grant among multiple EU Member States often draws candidates to the Fulbright Schuman Program. However, the decision to spend time in multiple countries comes with additional logistical challenges that candidates are encouraged to consider.

Selection Committee Preference: Although preference has traditionally been given to applicants who plan to carry out their project in at least two EU member states, project proposals including only one city or university program with significant ties to European Union institutions and studies will be considered. Candidates may wish to consider identifying a primary host institution and country, and organizing additional brief trips for grant-related research.

Visa Considerations: Please note that a visa will be needed for stays of more than 90 days in an EU Member State. Candidates should take this into consideration when planning the duration of stay, as they may need multiple visas for projects carried out in more than one EU Member State.

Relocation Costs: Applicants applying for multiple host countries should be prepared for the logistical challenges associated with moving. Grantees who must move between member states will not receive additional funding for the cost of their travel within the European Union.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Elisabeth Bloxam