Support for the Study of Europe Beyond the University of Illinois


The European Union Center (EU Center) at the University of Illinois invites 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 EU Center’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 October 1, 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 (

The European Union Center also 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. The deadline to submit an application for the 2021-22 academic year is January 15, 2021.
  • 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.

In addition to occasional calls for faculty travel grants and contributions to grant proposals, the EU Center is also pleased to offer the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU ScholarshipEligible 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 here.