Type of grant

Study grant & Research grant


Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Sectors and fields of study

Art: Performing arts and communication and broadcasting technology, Plastic, visual and spatial arts, Music, Theatre and dramatic arts.

Health: Biomedicine and pharmacy, Motor sciences, Public health, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary sciences.

Science and technology: Architecture and town and country planning, Science, Agriculture and bioscience engineering, Engineering and technology.

Social and human sciences: Criminology, History, art history and archaeology, Information and communication, Languages, literatures and translation studies, Philosophy, Economics and management, Law, Political and social sciences, Psychology and education, Theology.


American citizens can apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar Programmes for scholarships to fund study, research, and teaching programmes at French-speaking universities in Belgium and universities of applied sciences (and arts).

Programme description

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

Belgium is a trilingual country located in the heart of Europe. The official languages are French, Dutch and German and the education systems are managed by the respective linguistic communities. The Fulbright Open Study/Research award in Belgium consist of:

  • Full-time study*or
  • Full-time research or
  • Combination of independent research and participation in a graduate degree program or other advanced courses.

Grantees are encouraged to undertake research/ enroll in a study program in any discipline.

For more information about the benefits please visit the commission’s website:

*N.B. The Fulbright grant will only be awarded for one academic year. Bear in mind that the grant does not cover tuition cost and that the candidate will have to demonstrate the feasibility of his study-program without the support of the Fulbright grant.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programme

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description.


Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

9 months.

Grants will follow the academic calendar, beginning in mid-September 2021 and concluding in mid-June 2022. (Candidates wishing to begin the grant period at another time should explicitly state this in their application.) Grantees will be required to attend an in-country orientation with the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium, upon arrival in September. 6-month applications will only be considered for arts projects and Ph.D. candidates. 

Grant funded by

Fulbright Commission.

Eligibility criteria

Nationality.ies – Profile

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

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 Belgium;
  • Possess qualities of a cultural ambassador and show genuine interest in promoting mutual understanding as a Fulbright grantee; and
  • Indicate how they will benefit the Fulbright Program in Belgium.

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

Level of study required

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral

Additional terms and conditions

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Intermediate

Foreign language proficiency is not required, but preference may be given to applicants with some level of proficiency in one of Belgium's three official languages (French, Dutch, and German). 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.

Application process

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme


Candidates are responsible for securing their own admission or affiliation at a university, conservatory, think tank, or non-profit organization in Belgium. While proof is not required at the time of application, preliminary contact with the host institution(s) is and preference will be given to candidates who include admission or affiliation letters in their application.

Selected candidates must ultimately submit evidence of an affiliation at least four months before arriving in Belgium.

Special Application Instructions :

Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in Belgium.

Contact – Find out more

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programme