Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program
The Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative provides opportunities for nationals of the ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) to travel to the United States for scholarly and professional research for three to four months on issues that are relevant to ASEAN and central to the US–ASEAN relationship. The program is open to application from university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff in the private sector, of think tanks, or of other NGOs in ASEAN member states. The program is administered by the US Mission to ASEAN and the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), with funding from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange.
The objective of the Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties. Fiscal year 2016 marks the fifth year of the Initiative, and to date, forty scholars from all ten ASEAN member countries have been awarded scholarships to pursue research focused on a wide range of subjects including teaching English as a second language, maritime security, climate change, health, political security, and wildlife trafficking.
Applications are accepted from citizens of all ASEAN member states. It is anticipated that 10 qualified applicants will be selected annually, preferably representing all 10 members states.
Applicants from Indonesia should be:
- Indonesian citizen and resident in Indonesia throughout the nomination and selection process
- Willing to return to Indonesia upon completion of their program in the United States
- University lecturers, foreign ministry and government officials, or professionals in think tanks and other NGOs whose work focuses on US–ASEAN issues
- Have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment
- Be proficient in English.
- In good health, to be certified by submission of medical history and predeparture medical examination
Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.
Applicants are ineligible who:
- Are employees, close family members of an employee, or dependents of an employee of AMINEF, the US Embassy, or the US Department of State
- Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the US or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years
- Have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past two years
Candidates may apply to conduct research in fields that will support regional initiatives, such as regional economic integration, expanding maritime cooperation, promoting opportunities for women, fostering green growth, and addressing transnational challenges (including human trafficking, climate change, sustainable fishing, wildlife trafficking, and countering violent extremism). The general fields can include: education, environmental sciences, economics, food technology, information sciences, journalism, law, political science, public administration, public health, statistics, trade and investment, and TEFL and applied linguistics.
Proposals should be carefully developed projects that will deepen the applicant’s understanding of one or more aspects of the US–ASEAN relationship. While it is expected that the majority of time will be spent in research, grantees are also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during the grantee’s time in the United States can be sustained after the formal grant period has ended. In addition, grantees will be expected to seek opportunities to provide an ASEAN perspective during their time in the United States through guest lectures, seminars, or participation in academic or professional conferences.
Application for this program will be evaluated by a binational peer review panel in accordance with normal Fulbright standards that are competitive, merit-based, open and transparent. Staff of the US Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta and Indonesian scholars and experts will be involved in interviews of shortlisted candidates. The final selections will be made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington.
Applicants are urged to explore possible affiliations with US institutions, including universities, think tanks, and research institutes, in advance of submitting their formal applications. Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to make the most suitable affiliations. Fulbright US–ASEAN projects should coincide with traditional fall/spring semesters, starting in September at earliest or January at the latest, and the project should end before May at the latest for 2017-2018 Academic Year.
The minimum period for an award is three months and the maximum period is four months.
The grant will provide:
- A monthly stipend between US$2,710 and $ 3,145 depending on city
- One direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket
- One-time $1,250 professional and settling-in allowance
- University lab and research fees up to $3,000, as necessary
No support for dependents is available.
How to Apply
Candidate should access and complete the online application. Please select “US–ASEAN Fulbright Initiative” in the menu and indicate clearly “US–ASEAN Fulbright Initiative” as part of your project or research title.
The following materials comprise a complete application:
- Application form
- Project statement (three to five pages)
- Bibliography (up to three pages)
- Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
- Letter of invitation (if available)
- Three letters of recommendation
The complete application including the above supporting documents should be submitted by November 25, 2016 by mail or in person to:
American Indonesian Exchange Program (AMINEF)
Intiland Tower, Lantai 11
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 32
Tel: (021) 579 39 085 ~ 9086
The deadline for the submission of application materials for the program is November 25, 2016.
*The exact deadlines every year may be subject to change and if the application deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday, it is automatically extended to the next business day. Only short-listed applicants will be notified and interviewed.
Specific questions regarding the application process are accepted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org