Clara O’Donnell
at The Brookings Institution

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Fulbright Schuman Programme Fellowships


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Fulbright Schuman Scholar Awards are available to candidates from any of the EU Member States wishing to carry out research or lecture on a topic relevant to US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions in the US. 

Prior to submitting their application, candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited US university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research centre in the United States.

Research and lecturing awards are for a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum of one academic year. Preference will be given to projects of four months duration.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission does not directly administer this award and the selection process is in conjunction with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Detailed information and application instructions are available from the Fulbright-Schuman website.



Grants typically include a monthly stipend of €3,000, plus an allowance of €2,000 for round-trip air transportation and relocation costs. The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at €29,000. No candidate may receive Fulbright Schuman funding in concurrence with other EU funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity

Benefits also include health insurance, J1 visa processing and participation in a number of Fulbright Scholar events. 

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility for this award category:

  • EU citizen, proficient in English
  • at least three months academic/professional experience in two or more EU Member States
  • proven level of academic or professional excellence as well as outstanding records
  • doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience.

Preference will be given to those who do not have extensive, recent experience in the US (6 months)and those with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree. EU professionals and professionals in training (decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration) are encouraged to apply.   


In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.


The US-UK Fulbright Commission does not directly-administer this award and the selection process is in conjunction with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg.

For more informstion and to access the application form please visit the Fulbright Schuman website.


15 September - Application available to view online. Applicants may begin filling in application but may not submit it at this time

1 November - Awards open for entries - candidates may submit applications from this date

1 December - Deadline for submission of application form

Early February - Commission in Brussels informs Commission in UK of those UK-based applicants that should be interviewed; UK Commission staff invite UK-based applicants to interview in London

Mid/late February - UK-based applicants interview with UK Commission in London

Late March/early April - Final selection by the Commission in Brussels

April - Notification of selection

June-July - Successful candidates confirm affiliations with US universities, J1 visa paperwork preparation

9-10 July - Pre-departure Orientation in London, Your Fulbright Year begins

From August onwards - Independent departure for the US