Fulbright Postdoctoral Award

Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy)

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2023
April 2024
Award Length
3 months
9 months
Flex Option
European Union
Multi-Country/Area Award
History, non- U.S.
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

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 may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

One American scholar will be selected for the Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, during the 2023-2024 academic year. The scholar selected for this award is expected to conduct their own research through an affiliation with one of the EUI Departments (Economics, History and Civilization, Law, Political and Social Sciences) or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, which is devoted to interdisciplinary, comparative, and policy research on the major issues on the European integration process. If suitable, the candidate may choose to affiliate with the Max Weber Programme, currently the largest international postdoctoral training programme in the social sciences.

Although this scholar will be primarily based in Italy, this award is part of the multi-country Fulbright Schuman Program, which is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels and jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. The aim of this program is to provide opportunities for Americans and Europeans to study and conduct research on the transatlantic relationship. The program funds graduate and postgraduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens. 

Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail
Award Length and Period

Applications will be considered for one semester (i.e. three to five months) or the entire academic year (i.e. nine months). Grants must occur between September 2023 and June 2024. Grants running through August 2024 will only be considered if the project requires this flexibility and the host institution confirms support for the summer months. 

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation should not be sought.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants are not requested to provide a letter of invitation from EUI and do not need to contact EUI prior to applying to the Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute. Applicants who are recommended by the Peer Review will be evaluated by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels in coordination with EUI.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Comments

This award is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium. For questions, please contact info@fulbright.be. Applicants should note that the responsibility of obtaining a visa (both for the grantee and for any dependents) lies with the applicant, not Fulbright Commission staff. Grantees should therefore carefully look into visa issues in advance and allow plenty of time for the application process. 

Application Form: To select this award in the application, on the Program Eligibility page, select Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, then select “No” for “Are you applying to an award that allows for grant activities in multiple countries”. (You must also answer the other questions on this page to proceed.) Click Save and Continue. Then, on the Country & Award Selection page, select Italy, then select the award from the award list.

Award Allowances

$3,387 per month (3000 EUR)

(Note: Grant will be awarded in euro; USD value may fluctuate.)

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

One-time travel allowance of $2,264 (€2,000 - for grantee only).

(Note: Grant will be awarded in euro; USD value may fluctuate.)

Special Award Benefits

Before and during the grant period, the successful candidate will be supported by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels as well as the Italian Fulbright Commission. Grantees are incorporated into local programming, including in-country orientation, cultural activities, and alumni associations.

All participants in the Fulbright Schuman Program will be invited to join Fulbright grantees from across Europe at the annual Fulbright Seminar on the European Union and NATO, hosted by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, in February 2024. Highlights of the annual seminar include visits to the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, the U.S. Mission to the EU, and NATO Headquarters. Past participants have also had an opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Belgium and Luxembourg through tours of Luxembourg City, Brussels, and Bruges as well as visits to the Bastogne War Museum and College of Europe. The Fulbright Commission will cover the cost of participation in the seminar as well as the cost of travel from the host country to/from Brussels.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Countries Overview

The Fulbright-Schuman European Union Program offers grants for policy-oriented research proposals that address topics of common importance for the US-EU relationship and/or EU affairs and are tenable in one or more European Union Member State(s).*  Proposals are invited in a wide range of fields relevant to US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. In addition to traditional academic scholars, 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. 

Fulbright-Schuman awards include: the Fulbright-Schuman Distinguished Scholar at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, the Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (see awards in Italy), the generalized Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program, and the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The program in Italy is open to scholars and professionals from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures or seminars at various Italian universities. Some of the awards offer free housing (paid for by the host institution), or a financial contribution to offset housing costs.

Preference for candidates who have not already had substantial experience (5 years or more) studying or teaching in an Italian university.

The academic calendar, which is usually divided into two semesters, is generally October to June. However, dates may vary depending on the university.

Entry Visas to Italy: Selected grantees must enter Italy on a study or, in some cases, a research visa covering the authorized length of the grant. Information about the two visas and their application process is available at the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The possibility of staying for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining to visa issues.

Basic Visa Information: U.S. grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures.

Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of grantee stay in Italy, and the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.

The requested duration of the grantee stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period.  In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantee's visa request.

Grantees who wish to be accompanied to Italy by their family dependents should be aware that the Commission cannot sponsor their dependents’ visas. Available options are:

1.              Dependents may stay in Italy without a visa for 90 days

2.              Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their study visa (the Commission cannot assist in identifying the course, nor does it have the funding to allocate for this purpose)

3.              Dependents could apply for a Ricongiungimento Familiare. The procedure entails that grantees travel to Italy on their own and once they arrive in Italy they must request a nulla osta per il ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta will be issued within 180 days from the request, which may exceed their grant length. Only then will dependents be able to travel to Italy to join the grantee and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare


A listing of Italian universities and access to their homepages can be found at https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/. A valuable search engine can be found at https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/. 

Useful links with information about the Italian academic system can be found at the CIMEA website and the MIUR website.  

To view more about life in Italy, visit here: https://madeinitaly.gov.it/en/

For further information on the awards, contact Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer at the Commission, at bpizzella@fulbright.it.


Fulbright Italy Alumni Meeting September 30, 2019, at Museum MAXXI in Rome


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