Fulbright Scholar Program

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Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award

  • Multi-country
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • European Union
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

The Innovation Award is designed to support work that can create better transatlantic understanding of issues at the heart of the U.S.-EU relationship, particularly at the intersection of policy and technology. The 2020-21 Innovation Award will give preference to proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches to innovative technologies and business models and their integration with new and existing policies and regulations. Successful proposals should address research topics focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and policy, such as but not limited to data privacy and protection. The policy-oriented research funded by the grant should be of common importance for the U.S.-EU relationship and/or EU affairs and tenable in any one or two EU Member States. Candidates are responsible for arranging their own placement, including letters of invitation from any hosts.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Three to nine months, with preference for projects of four to six months duration.
Grant Dates

Grants must occur between September 2020 and June 2021.


Scholars are welcome to submit applications affiliated with any appropriate institutions, including European universities, governments, non-profit organizations and think tanks. Proposals should demonstrate a clear link to Europe and the European Union and be more suitable to the Fulbright Schuman Award than to binational programs. As such, preference is given to applicants who can make a strong case for the supranational nature of their research. Proposals will be considered both from candidates who plan to be based primarily in one member state as well as candidates who will divide their time between host institutions in two or more EU member states. Candidates planning to be based in ony one member state should ensure that their proposed research still demonstrates a pan-European perspective. On the other hand, candidates planning to divide up their time in multiple member states should address the feasibility of these plans and should consider visa requirements for the countries involved. 

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Applicants to the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award may come from any field of study, but should make the case for the innovative nature of their research. Proposals should sit at the intersection of technology and policy; as such, possible specializations include: Artifical Intelligence, Biology and Bionic Technology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Privacy and Protection, Engineering, Health and Medical Technology, Information Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration.

Special Features

Fulbright Schuman scholars are welcomed by the Fulbright Commission or local post in the country or countries where they are based, and receive additional country-specific pre-departure support. While in country, grantees are incorporated into local programming, including in-country orientation, cultural activites, and alumni associations. In addition, grantees are supported administratively by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels throughout their grant. They receive round-trip travel to and participation in the annual Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO hosted by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium, where they are invited to attend a mid-year meeting with the U.S. Mission to the EU and European Commission officials.

Application Deadline
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Analyst

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