Study or research in the USA via Fulbright

The prestigious scholarship of the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg helps finance studies or research at top universities in the US. The scholarships are open to all academic disciplines and are awarded on the basis of competitive selection.

Depending on the Fulbright scholarship, you must have the Belgian, Luxembourg or European nationality. Candidates with other nationalities should contact the Fulbright Commission in their country of origin. Fulbright is active in about 150 countries.

The Fulbright offer

  • Scholarships for master’s studies (up to 2,000 euro/month) for Belgians or Luxembourgers
  • Scholarships for (pre)doctoral (up to 2,000 euro/month) or post-doctoral research or lecturing (up to 3,000 euro/month) for Belgians or Luxembourgers
  • Travel and accommodation for Teaching Assistants Programme (French, German, English, Dutch) for Belgians
  • Scholarships for EU citizens: Fulbright Schumann Programme for (pre)doctoral or post-doctoral research related to EU affairs or the US-EU Transatlantic Agenda
  • Fulbright always offers J1 visa sponsoring and health insurance for the scholarships
  • Fulbright also offers scholarships for US citizens and institutions from the US for study or research in Belgium and Luxembourgh; info and conditions.


  • Meeting the nationality requirements, depending on the scholarship: Belgian, Luxembourg or EU nationality
  • Very good command of the English language
  • Min. BA degree (or to be obtained the year of the application) or other degree, depending on the scholarship applied for
  • Being able to demonstrate excellent study results (great distinction or multiple distinction) and/or other personal merits
  • Obtaining admission into US universities on time
  • Additional specific conditions depend on the type of Fulbright scholarship. More information and FAQ can be found on the Fulbrigh website.

Application procedure

The application file contains:

  • an American CV
  • a carefully substantiated research or study proposal (personal statement) (including why study/conduct research in the US; what are your expectations?)
  • scoring list and diplomas
  • letters of recommendation
  • letters of admission from US institutions.

For specific information considering the application procedure, deadlines and a link to the application form, please visit the Fulbright website.

You can apply from 15 September until 1 December (12 noon CET) Always check the deadline on the Fulbright website.

Parallel with the scholarship application you start up the applications for admission to the American institution on time.

More information and Ghent University support for candidates

  • Info session: there is an info session at the end of October during the annual Welcome Abroad , which is meant for those who want to apply by 1 December (possibly of the following academic year) for a scholarship for a stay in the US in the subsequent academic year to the application.
  • Fulbright organises virtual info sessions at the beginning of October and November.
  • For feedback on your application file, you can contact the network of faculty Fulbright coaches before submitting it.
  • If you are considering an application and you wish to be kept up to date of additional information and support activities of Ghent University concerning the Fulbright scholarships, please contact the Ghent University contact person. You can also contact them if you wish to have an individual interview to get yourself started on your way to a Fulbright scholarship or studying in the US.


Fulbright Commission's Advising Center
Royal Library Albert I
Keizerslaan 4
1000 Brussel

Afdeling Internationalisering

Patricia Burssens
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent
T +32 (0)9 264 70 13