AMINEF annually awards Fulbright and other scholarships to Americans and Indonesians to study, teach, or conduct original research in a variety of disciplines, in addition to non-degree fellowships for professional development.
Fulbright grants for American citizens can be divided into two categories: US Student and US Scholar. In the US Scholar category are grants for research or teaching by those already holding the PhD. In the US Student category are grants for bachelor’s-degree holders for independent research projects or for English-language teaching assistantships in Indonesian high schools.
The awards generally cover monthly living costs, housing, local and international airfare, language training, and health insurance.
Applicants for US Fulbright Program grants must apply online. For those applying to the US Scholar Program this means applying through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) (see US Scholar Program for application form). Applicants for the US Student Program, both for student research or for English Teaching Assistant awards must apply through the Institute for International Education (IIE). See the IIE and CIES websites for more complete information and application procedures.
The US Fulbright Specialist Program, a part of the US Scholar Program, supports Indonesian educational institutions through grants to bring US Specialists in selected disciplines to Indonesia for a period ranging from two to six weeks. (Please note that interested Indonesian universities may also consider encouraging American scholars and students to apply to do research or teach at their institutions through the above US Scholar and US Student programs.)
Indonesian high schools may apply to be hosts for Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, or ETAs, who help Indonesian teachers of English in the classroom and in community extracurricular activities.
Other grants for Americans in Indonesia include:
- The Critical Language Enhancement Award which provides an opportunity for some Fulbright US Student grantees to receive typically three months of intensive language study in Indonesia as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants;
- The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, which provides opportunities for US citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the US Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blog; and
- The Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Program, a program of the US Department of Education that provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. (This is thus not a US Department of State program, but AMINEF provides advice and back-up to the US Department of Education in the recruitment and selection process, and helps individual Fulbright-Hays DDRA grantees to secure research permits and visas to enable them to come to Indonesia).