Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award 2018-2019


August 01, 2017

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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 2018-19 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.

As the result of a recently concluded partnership, we would also be able to offer a grant in the field of engineering at John Deere (JD), the largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery. John Deere product lines comprise agricultural system solutions and services as well as sensor systems. Currently, John Deere’s European Technology Innovation Center (JD ETIC) is involved in a large set of research projects in cooperation with many external partners (mainly universities and public research organizations such as Fraunhofer). The ongoing developments focus mainly on new system technologies and architectures for a holistic smart farming (including precision farming and autonomous guidance systems as well as robotics) and drive train technologies (including internal combustion engines and electrification). A Fulbright supported project could be placed in each of these focal areas.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is a public diplomacy initiative designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations. 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 research or teaching activities.
GRANT LENGTH: Three to nine months, with preference for projects of four to six months duration.
GRANT DATES: Grants must occur between September 2018 and June 2019.
LOCATIONS: Any appropriate institutions, including European universities, governments, non-profit organizations, and think tanks. Proposals should be tenable in any one or two EU Member States.

The location of the research position at John Deere would be John Deere’s European Technology Innovation Center (JD ETIC, Kaiserslautern, Germany), the new center coordinating advanced engineering and research for all European units. At the JD ETIC center in Kaiserslautern, there are 160 researchers and project engineers working on innovation.

Preference is given to candidates who will divide their time between host institutions in at least two EU member states so that their projects reflect a pan-European perspective. However, proposals that include stays at one institution that has significant ties to the EU or EU studies will also be considered. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they are able to secure the appropriate visa(s) to move between their selected EU countries. A three month or longer stay in any one EU member state will make the candidate eligible for a long-stay visa that enables him/her to travel within the Schengen area for an additional 90 days within a 180-day period. If the project proposal includes three month or longer stays in two locations, it is likely that two country-specific visas will be needed.

Business Administration
Computer Science
Information Sciences
Political Science
Public Administration

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines relating to data privacy and protection, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred: Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Information Sciences including encryption, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Public Administration. The following topics of interest are indicative, not exhaustive, but any proposed grant project should relate to the fields of data privacy and protection: internal and external security, peace-keeping, Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and NATO, information sharing, finance, trade, human rights, international relations, diplomacy, social policy, public policy, public administration.


Grantees are incorporated into the Fulbright programming of the local country/countries and are invited to the Belgian Fulbright Commission's annual EU seminar for a mid-year meeting with the U.S. Mission to the EU and European Commission officials.

Application Requirements

A letter of invitation is required

Host country language ability commensurate with the requirements of the project.

Applicant Profile

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia

In addition to traditional research scholars and postdoctoral candidates, administrators looking to exchange best practices with their European counterparts are also welcome to apply. Professionals such as policy-makers, policy analysts and researchers at think tanks, non-profit organizations (NGOs), associations, learned societies, foundations, decision-makers at state or federal government offices, and individuals in industry or the media with relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply.


€3,000 per month with a maximum total grant amount of €29,000


Travel allowance of €2,000 for grantee only. 


The Fulbright Commission in Belgium pays for the participation and transportation costs of all Fulbright-Schuman grantees to attend its annual EU-NATO seminar held in Brussels, Belgium and Luxembourg each spring.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. In most cases, dependent housing and living allowances will not be provided to Flex grantees. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2018-2019 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Eligible Countries
Publish Date
February 16, 2017
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