Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program
The Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professional staff of the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs in the ASEAN member states. Selected Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months during the first half of 2025, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the US–ASEAN relationship and ASEAN. Projects should be recommended that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region. Note the criteria for US–ASEAN awards – research on priority issues for the US–ASEAN relationship and ASEAN, with clear regional implications – differ substantially from those for bilateral awards. Recommendations will be accepted from all ASEAN member states. For the second consecutive year, the US–ASEAN selection committee anticipates the selection of 20 qualified applicants, including two participants from each of the 10 ASEAN member states.
The United States is committed to sustained engagement across Asia as a strategic priority, including working closely with multilateral institutions such as ASEAN. The objective of the Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative, which was started in 2012, is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our ties with the ten member nations of ASEAN while specifically emphasizing the importance of ASEAN. Two additional initiatives complement this program: the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and, in the last year, the Billion Futures Initiative. Since the program began in 2012, more than 100 scholars from all 10 ASEAN member states have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects, including public health/pandemic response, jurisdictional issues in the South China Sea, engagement across the Indo-Pacific region, ASEAN economic integration, human trafficking, and food safety.
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 faculty, foreign ministry, and government officials or professionals in the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs whose work focuses on the US–ASEAN. Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment
- 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 pre-departure 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 currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the United States;
- Have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years or
- Have been to the United States as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of professor or research scholar within the past two years.
Applicants may apply to conduct research that supports broad ASEAN initiatives, such as support for regional economic integration, expansion of maritime cooperation, promotion of opportunities for women, and addressing transnational challenges. Fields of study could include but are not limited to Education, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, and Trade and Investment. These programs and topics should reflect priority areas of the ASEAN Secretariat and the US Mission to ASEAN and may also reflect priorities and relevance to Indonesia. Projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region are to be prioritized.
Proposals should be carefully developed projects to deepen the applicant’s understanding of one or more aspects of the US–ASEAN relationship. While the grantees should expect that the program is primarily focused on research, they are also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during their 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. The US Mission to ASEAN staff in Jakarta and Indonesian scholars and experts will be involved in interviews of shortlisted candidates. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington will make the final selections.
All applicants are urged to establish a likely affiliation with a US institution, including universities, think tanks, and research institutes, before submitting their formal applications. Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to finalize suitable affiliations. Note: All selected Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the first half of 2025, starting their grant between January and March 2025.
Program timing may change due to travel restrictions or other considerations.
The minimum period for an award is three months, and the maximum is four months.
The grant will provide:
- A monthly stipend for grantees, between US $2,710 and $3,145/month, depending on the US city.
- A direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket.
- A $1,250 Professional and Settling-in allowance.
- Qualifying university lab and research fees up to $3,000, as necessary.
No dependent support will be available.
Exchanges must be at least three months but no more than four months in length.
Note: Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholars typically convene in Washington, DC, near the end of their program during the first half of 2025.
How to Apply
The candidate should access and complete the online application.
Before you complete and submit your online application form, you should download and read the application instructions carefully. Download the application instructions.
Please select “Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholars Initiative” in the award information on the country information page of the online application and clearly indicate “Fulbright US-ASEAN Initiative” as part of your project or research title.
The following materials comprise a complete application:
- Project statement (three to five pages)
- Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
- Letter of invitation from the host institution in the US (strongly preferred but not required). However, please note that all participants will be required to have a confirmed letter of invitation before final selection and/or departure.
- Letters of recommendation (at least three are required)
- Copy of academic transcript and diploma* (in original language and English translation)
- Copy of valid identity document* (KTP or passport)
*Please upload these documents through your online application
The deadline for submitting application materials for the program is December 1, 2023.
*The exact deadlines every year may be subject to change. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday, it is automatically extended to the next business day. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified and interviewed.
Specific questions regarding the application process are accepted via email at email@example.com
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2023 @ 2:15 pm