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4 Open Study/Research Awards

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

9 Months

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

The grant period is September through June, with exact start dates decided with host institutions. Grants are for six to nine months, and applicants can propose research/study in one to three countries. For proposals to multiple countries, a minimum period of three months is required in each EU member state. Dates for the in-country orientation will be supplied by the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the country of affiliation.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Grants are awarded to U.S. students and young professionals to study or conduct research at universities or institutions in EU Member States on EU policies, EU institutions, and the U.S.-EU agenda.

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 EU competencies and not merely Europe or 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.

For all awards, the Commission seeks applicants who:

  1. Possess excellence (personally, academically, professionally, creatively);
  2. Outline a strong rationale and methodology for pursuing their project in the proposed location(s);
  3. Demonstrate leadership attributes/potential;
  4. Indicate how they will benefit U.S.-EU relations during and after their grant period

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Foreign language proficiency is not required, but is useful to have for the languag(s) of proposed host countries. Some study of local languages prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants may carry out their projects in one to three member states, and a minimum period of three months is required in each EU member state. Applicants may propose brief trips to other EU member states to pursue grant related research.

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.

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 EU.


U.S. citizens who currently reside in the EU or receive other European Commission funding (such as Marie Curie, Erasmus Mundus, etc.) 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:

Delegation of the Commission of the European Union:

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark Online Application, please select European Union in Section 2: 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).

Visa Information

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


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website