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Call for applications for FIE Budapest Fencing Academies

11/02/2018, 11:15pm CDT
By Sam Callan

In 2019, the FIE will be conducting three-month educational academies for each of the three weapons in Budapest, Hungary The table below gives the dates of the sessions and deadlines for applications.


Session Dates

Application Deadline (noon MST)

Notification from FIE


Jan. 20 – April 19, 2019

Nov. 10, 2018

Nov. 23, 2018


April 21 – July 21, 2019

Dec. 7, 2018

Jan. 15, 2019


July 22 – Oct. 21, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019

Feb. 1, 2019

USA Fencing can nominate one person to attend each session of the  Academy. Please note that USA Fencing is not guaranteed a spot at the sessions.


All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a current Coach, or +Coach member of USA Fencing in good standing.
  2. Must have at least seven years of fencing coaching experience.
  3. Must have a university degree or be enrolled in a university degree program.
  4. Must have health insurance for the duration of the stay in Budapest.
  5. Must be in good physical condition.
  6. Must be eligible for a visa for Hungary (if needed).

The candidate will be responsible for his or her transportation to and from Budapest to arrive the day before the start of the Academy and leave on the day after completion of the Academy. Lodging and meals at the Academy are covered by the FIE. The candidate also is responsible for medical insurance and fees as well as visa fees and any expenses incurred during the Academy beyond housing and meals.

USA Fencing is asking its candidate to share information learned at the academy with other fencing coaches within six months of completing the course. The sharing can take the form of a coaching seminar or workshop, a series of blogs or podcast interviews. The candidate and the USA Fencing Coaching Education Senior Manager will decide on the best avenue.

Application Process

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the application for the session you wish to attend.
  2. Attach a brief biography that includes your experience in the weapon, name and location of your current and recent clubs that you have coached at, and the name of your past coaches.
  3. Attach a recent color photo of yourself.
  4. Attach a copy of your passport. (Please be sure that your passport will not expire within six months of your return date from the Academy).
  5. Return the above information to USA Fencing ( by the deadline for the session. Please put FIE Fencing Academy + (Weapon) in the email subject line.

The USA Fencing Coach Resource Team will review the applications and choose a candidate to be submitted to the FIE. The FIE will make the final decision on admissions to the Academy.

Epee Session Application

Saber Session Application

Foil Session Application

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