Milena Žic Fuchs was born in Zagreb, Croatia. From 1958 to 1969 lived in London, New York, and Sydney. In 1977 graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb having majored in English language and literature, and Ethnology. In 1982 received M.A. in Linguistics (Semantics) and in 1989 Ph.D. in Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics).
From 2002 to 2011 she was Chair of Linguistics in the English Department, University of Zagreb, where she taught Semantics and Cognitive Linguistics as well as seminars in semantics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.
In 2005 Milena Žic Fuchs became a member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation. In 2006 she was elected member of the Core Group, and subsequently in 2009 she became the Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation (2009 – 2012). From 2013 to 2015 she chaired the Scientific Review Group for the Humanities of the ESF. She is also a member of numerous Science Advisory Boards, as well as other European level bodies. Milena Žic Fuchs has also acted as an expert for the European Commission.
From 2008 Milena Žic Fuchs was member of the ERC Advanced Grant Panel SH4 “The Human Mind and Its Complexity” and chaired this Panel from 2014 to 2015.
In 2013 Milena Žic Fuchs was elected member of Academia Europaea, and from 2014 she is an active member of the HERCULES Group (Higher Education Research and Culture in European Society) within Academia Europaea.
In 2016 Milena Žic Fuchs was a member of the EC High Level Group for the Interim Evaluation of H2020 on European Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures.
Also, in 2016 she was appointed member of the EC High Level Group on Maximising Impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes, chaired by Professor Emeritus Pascal Lamy.