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Fulbright Schuman Program for EU Studies

23 May Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a seminar on the Fulbright Schuman Program, and came away eager to share news of this unique opportunity with graduate students at Mason!

The Fulbright Schuman Program offers a special type of Fulbright grant open only to:

·      Graduate Students (Master’s, PhD, or Professional Student)

·      Post-doctoral Scholars

·      Faculty Scholars

·      Professionals. 

This award supports projects dealing with EU policy, EU institutions, or U.S.-EU relations.  It can be used to fund:

·      Graduate Study

·      Pre-doctoral / Dissertation Research

·      Post-doctoral, Scholarly, and Professional Research

·      University Lecturing at either the College of Europe or the European University Institute.

The Fulbright Schuman grant is tenable in any EU member state.  In fact, one of the most unique features of this grant is that unlike a regular Fulbright grant (and indeed, unlike most other grants for international research), and can be used to do comparative research in more than one EU country.  Five awards are offered per year.

My comments here will pertain to graduate student applicants to the Fulbright Schuman Program.  Post-doctoral, scholarly, and professional operate on a different schedule, and applicants for those awards should visit the program web site for information and application instructions.

Graduate students apply for the Fulbright Schuman grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, using the same application system and calendar as all other Fulbright student grants.  This means applications must be submitted by the campus deadline of September 15 (annually).  After receiving feedback from the Mason Fulbright Campus Committee, applicants will have the opportunity to revise their applications again before submission to the National Selection Committee in mid-October.  Click here for more on the Fulbright application process.  Like other Fulbright grantees, graduate student recipients of the Fulbright Schuman award must commit to a grant tenure in Europe of a full academic year.

Study/research projects funded through the Fulbright Schuman Program MUST pertain directly to EU policy, EU institutions, or U.S.-EU relations.  The competition is open to all academic fields and disciplines, but should be framed as an inquiry into EU policy, institutions, and international relations.  For example, projects concerning EU trade, law, public policy, and economics are welcome, as are projects in the sciences or STEM fields that pertain to trade, law, policy, and economic affairs.  Likewise, research in education or in health-related fields is also welcome, provided it can be linked to the over-arching concern with EU affairs.  Projects whose importance and implications go beyond the academic arena are strongly preferred – for instance, projects that engage with actors and institutions outside the academy, both governmental and non-governmental, or projects with broader impacts and implications for society.

Comparative and multi-country projects are preferred; single-country projects will be considered, but the research must also address broader EU issues and concerns.  Proposals that involve newer EU member states in central and eastern Europe are particularly encouraged.  Proposals dealing with U.S.-EU relations are also a priority.

Proficiency in one of more European languages will be regarded as an asset, but is not essential.  More important is that the candidate’s language skills align with the proposed project.  Some types of projects may demand higher levels of local language proficiency than others.  Ultimately the candidate will be judged on how well their qualifications align with the research or study project they are proposing.

For more information on the Fulbright Schuman Program, visit the program web site, and also read the information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program web site, particularly the application guidelines for applicants to research/study grants.  If you have decided to apply, please contact the Director of Graduate Fellowships for information about the support services we offer, including feedback on proposals and other application materials.

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