November 4th, 2013: Fulbright-Schuman Awards Now Open for Applications

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland has officially opened the competition for the 2014-2015 Fulbright-Schuman Awards. The Fulbright-Schuman Awards are monetary grants for EU students or professionals, such as policy-makers, or individuals in industry, the media, politics, or academia, to study or research EU-US relations or EU affairs in the United States.

Preliminary applications must be received by February 1st, 2014; final applications are due by March 1st, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to submit preliminary applications as soon as possible.

Although the Fulbright-Schuman Awards are administered by the Fulbright Commission of Belgium, all European citizens are eligible to apply, including Irish citizens. There are grants available for:

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

The successful applicants will receive:

  • A monthly stipend of the U.S. Dollar equivalent of €3,000
  • An allowance of €2,000 for travel and relocation costs
  • Health and accident insurance
  • J-1 visa sponsorship.

Speaking at the launch of the Fulbright-Schuman Awards, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission, Colleen Dube, said “The Fulbright-Schuman Awards attract leading scholars in the fields of EU-US Relations and Ireland has been in the top of the class when it comes to receiving these grants. With US-EU Relations regularly being front and center of major news stories, everything from cyber-security to tax policy, I know that we have thought-leaders in Ireland who are ready and willing to investigate these tough issues. The Schuman Awards provide Irish students and scholars the opportunity to delve into these topics and explore their impact on EU-US relations. I look forward to seeing who and what emerges from the application process.”

Ireland has been successful in the Fulbright Schuman competition in the past, winning two of the awards in 2013. The two Irish winners for 2013-2014 were:

Mr. Joseph Lacey is a Fulbright Schuman Student Awardee. As a current PhD candidate at the European University Institute, Joseph is completing research on the structural basis of the EU’s democratic deficit at Princeton University.

Dr. Neave O’Clery is a Fulbright Schuman Scholar Awardee. Neave completed her PhD in Mathematics at the Imperial College London. She is continuing her research on the interface between network science and evidence-based strategies for economic growth at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

The Fulbright-Schuman Awards are annually offered by the Fulbright Commission of Belgium. Interested applicants can find more details here.