Funding, Grants, and Awards

The European Union Center brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus to promote the study of the EU and transatlantic relations, Europe, and the peoples and languages within it, making it one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the US. The EUC is privileged to work with Center-affiliated faculty, many of whom are internationally-renowned experts in their fields, and many have earned recognition for their teaching. In different ways, the EUC has supported faculty at the U of I, as well as other institutions of higher education. Every year the EUC supports course development and scholarship through projects written into its grants, and it also is proud to offer different annual calls for small grants. The EUC also contributes to faculty development through its support for professional development in language instruction, as well as occasional unique initiatives such as its March 2020 workshop on virtual exchange (for more information on this particular event, please write to Jonathan Larson at

For a list of faculty funding opportunities sponsored by the EUC through Title VI, please see here. Recent funding opportunities have included grants for course development, research assistance, and travel for faculty at the U of I and at community colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions in the Midwest.

Current Title VI NRC Request for Proposals (deadline extended to Oct. 15 at 12 PM CDT)

The EUC is currently inviting University of Illinois faculty, departments and units to submit proposals in anticipation of a forthcoming broader institutional call for proposals in early 2022 from the US Department of Education Title VI area studies program.

As part of the EUC's larger and integrated proposal, the center is interested in funding initiatives from all fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that contribute to new ways of understanding Europe; the peoples, cultures, and languages that form Europe; the EU and the economic and scientific activities that take place there; and international affairs with a European dimension in time and space. 

The funding period for this grant is expected to be August 15, 2022 - August 14, 2026. In past cycles, the Department of Education has awarded the EU Center up to $2 million to cover program expenses in support of research, teaching, outreach, and language fellowships and training. The center may be able to offer multiple grants to support faculty and unit projects, from small yearly grants to larger multi-year and more complex ones.

More information can be found here and and on the EU Center’s application form.

Proposals must be received by 12 P.M. CDT on October 15, 2021 for full consideration. Project leaders of applications selected for inclusion in the EU Center’s Title VI NRC proposals will be notified by no later than November 1, 2021. 

For further guidance, questions, or exploratory conversations please contact Emanuel Rota, Director, EU Center ( or Jonathan Larson, Associate Director, EU Center (

FLAS Fellowships for Students

The EU Center provides Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students for the study of modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The purpose of the FLAS program is to train students to integrate global knowledge into a future career, particularly in areas of national need, such as college or university teaching, government service, and business. Funding for these fellowships is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Program. FLAS Fellowships are administered by University of Illinois Area Studies Centers (including the EU Center) and are awarded through an annual competition. Please see here for more information on FLAS.

Larry Neal Prize

The EU Center is pleased to offer the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship. Eligible submissions for the Larry Neal Prize include books and articles from all disciplinary fields that address current issues faced by the European Union or in transatlantic relations. To learn more about eligibility and the nomination process, see the previous call for submissions here. Learn more about the winners of the 2020 Larry Neal Prize herePlease check back in October for the next call for submissions. The tentative deadline for nominations for the 2021 Larry Neal Prize is December 15, 2021.

External Funding

The EUC wishes to draw attention to the following excellent outside opportunities for scholarship in Europe.

  • The European Union's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme supports researchers of all nationalities and at all stages of their careers, including PhD candidates. Please see here for current open calls.
  • The Fulbright Schuman Program provides grants for U.S. and EU citizens to conduct research in the European Union or the United States. U.S. students, scholars, and professionals interested in topics related to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions may apply for a 6-9 month grant to study or conduct research in the EU. Students and professionals at all degree levels are welcome to apply, although preference is given to candidates with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond a bachelor's degree and to projects that will be carried out in at least two EU member states.
  • The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies from the Council for European Studies provide $27,000 stipends to graduate students completing dissertations on topics with significant overlap with European studies. To be eligible to apply, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, at the ABD stage, have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the beginning of the fellowship year, and have exhausted the dissertation completion funding from their academic departments. Applications are typically due in mid-January.
  • Pre-dissertation graduate students working on European anthropology may apply for the SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship to receive a $5,000 stipend to support two months of dissertation research in Europe. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program, not have completed the majority of their doctoral coursework, and not have completed significant dissertation research in Europe. Applications are typically due in mid-February.