Blog Series on U.S.- EU Cooperation: Example 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Featured Image: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union  meets with  Fulbright-Schuman Grantees (February 2015)

This is the first entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some of our favorite examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. To kick things off: the Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program!

What is the Fulbright-Schuman Grant program?

Fulbright-Schuman is the flagship educational exchange program between the United States and the European. It funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens. The first exchanges took place a quarter of a century ago under the Transatlantic Declaration of 1990.

On the 25th anniversary of Fulbright-Schuman, the U.S. government and the European Commission launched the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants. Their objective is to support research at the intersection of technology and policy, allowing for a transatlantic approach to harnessing the potential of new technologies. The grantees for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years will focus on Data Privacy and Protection. Future grants could support a range of other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.

In July 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, announced the completion of the first round of fundraising for the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants, guaranteeing their continuation for at least the next five years. When complete, a follow-on fundraising effort should ensure the availability of grants for at least the coming decade.

Click here for more information on the Fulbright-Schuman Program

Click here for more information on the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants

How do the U.S. and EU cooperate and what has the outcome been so far?

The Fulbright-Schuman program is jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

Over the last 26 years, Fulbright-Schuman has supported more than 350 Americans and Europeans traveling across the Atlantic to research all aspects of U.S.-EU relations. This year, 11 U.S. researchers received support to study in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. On the EU side, 15 researchers received a Fulbright-Schuman award. They are attending prominent U.S. institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown Universities.  One U.S. scholar, who researches discourse on state and non-state data privacy and counter-terrorism practices, received a Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant to attend Oxford University and further expand his research in the EU.

Click here to read a blog post by Fulbright Grantee Letitia Zwickert titled: “How to Have Super Powers.”

Click here to read a blog post on Fulbright-Schuman Grantees’ visit to USEU.

What are some other positive effects of this cooperation?

The Fulbright-Schuman program not only provides the opportunities to study or conduct research in the U.S. or the EU, it also advances U.S.-EU relations on a personal level. The grants expose individuals to the culture and habits of the continent on the other side of the Atlantic and provide them with some of the tools necessary to succeed in a globalized 21st century. Grantees are not only provided with the opportunity to develop a network abroad; Fulbright-Schuman also encourages its recipients to build a network at home. Throughout their grant periods and beyond, grantees are ambassadors of international exchanges worldwide, bridging cultural and academic divides, and promoting transatlantic cooperation.


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