The Fulbright Schuman Awards 2018-2019

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The Fulbright Schuman Awards

Brief Description

 The Fulbright Schuman Awards are designed for EU citizens wishing to study, conduct research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for periods of three to ten months at a U.S. institution. The results of eligible projects must be relevant to at least two EU member states. Prior to submitting their application, candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center in the U.S.

The Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange offers approximately 35 scholarships annually for study, teaching and research in the United States at the post-doctoral level. The awards vary from round-trip travel to grants covering all expenses for an academic year. Fulbright Schuman grants are open to citizens of all 28 EU Member States.

Grants in the innovation category will reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with Academic Year 2017-2018 again focusing on Data Privacy and Protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.   If  your study/research topic fits this description, then your application will automatically be considered for these innovation grants during the current application cycle.  In addition to these innovation grants, there will be awards available in the general category.

Grants in the general category are open to all academic fields of study but must relate to U.S.-EU relations or EU affairs. Other eligibility requirements are listed below.

Types of grants available: grants for

  • Pre-Doctoral Research
  • Post-Doctoral Research
  • University Lecturing

There are grants available in the following categories: general grants & innovation grants.

Awards are available to candidates from any of the Member States wishing to study, research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. The results of eligible projects must be relevant to at least two EU member states; projects that do not meet this requirement should be submitted through the Fulbright Program in the applicant’s country of citizenship. Prior to submitting their application, candidates must arrange their own placement at an accredited university, vocational training/professional institution, or independent research center in the United States. Candidates may propose to stay at more than one institution during their grant, although they should provide a clear plan and justification for doing so.

Student grants are normally for a period of 9 months. However, applications for pre-doctoral research for a minimum period of 6 months will also be considered.

Research and lecturing awards are for a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months, with preference being given to projects of 4 months duration.

Eligibility

Candidates must :

  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • be individually interviewed in English
  • be apt to benefit from the academic opportunity offered to them
  • be good representatives of their own country while they are in the United States
  • Proficiency in English and a minimum of 3 months experience in two or more Member States is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with 2 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. Grantees are expected to return to their own country upon completion of the project for which the award was made.

Value of Award

  • A monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of € 3,000 for those with a PhD or mid-career professionals and a monthly stipend of the dollar equivalent of € 2,000 for those with at least a bachelor’s degree and no PhD.. Please note that while the monthly grant amount is in Euros, it will be converted to U.S. dollars at the exchange rates in force on the day of payment. Our goal is to avoid as much as possible exchange rate differences and high-cost internationals transfers, as well as meet requirements of participants. The European Community who subsidizes the Fulbright-Schuman program is very strict about the exchange rate. We must use the exchange rate published by the European bank on the day of transfer. As we do an automatic order (using the exchange rate of the date of the first instalment), we have to regularize the exchange differences on the final installment.
  • An allowance of € 2,000 for travel and relocation costs
  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Sickness and accident insurance

The maximum grant to any one candidate is set at € 29,000. No candidate may receive Fulbright-Schuman funding in concurrence with other EC funding (i.e. Marie Curie) for the same activity.

Application Process

Interested applicants can complete the form starting September 15-December 1 (at noon), 2016. A first review of the applications will take place in December/early January. For those who advance to the final round a mandatory Skype interview is required. Applicants will be notified in February.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants need to put “European Union” as the country of citizenship/program country/home country when they fill out the online application for the Fulbright-Schuman program!

You must send your application via one of the 2017-2018 competition cycle application links below. We cannot accept applications by paper/email/…only through the online application system. 

 

If you don’t have a PhD, you should apply in the student category. If you have a PhD (or will get one by time of departure to the U.S.), you can apply in the scholar category. People with significant work experience (5 years +) can also apply as in the scholar category.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE 2018-2019 IS NOT YET ON WE BELIEVE THEY WILL FOLLOW SAME PROCEDURE , FOR MORE UPDATES VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE.

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