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Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Programs

For ASEAN Citizens: Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program

The Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative was launched in 2012 to deepen people to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties around issues important to the ASEAN region. 2023 marks the 11th year of the program. To date, more than 100 scholars from all 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) have been awarded scholarships to carry out 3-4 month research at U.S. universities on a wide range of subjects including maritime security, climate change, health, finance, political security, wildlife trafficking, and teaching English as a second language. The program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in AMS whose work focuses on U.S.–ASEAN issues. Eligible subjects include (but are not limited to) education, environmental science, financial market integration, food technology, information sciences, journalism, law, political science, public administration, public/global health, social work, sociology, statistics, trade and investment, trade facilitation, and applied linguistics. Applicants are expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of one of the ten AMS; and they must be proficient in English. Preference is given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the U.S. Applicants must be residing in an AMS throughout the nomination and selection process, and must return to an AMS upon completion of their U.S. stay.


For Americans: Fulbright ASEAN Research Program for U.S. Scholars

This is a new program that started in 2016. The grant allows American scholars to conduct collaborative research in their area of specialization on an issue of priority to ASEAN or to the U.S.–ASEAN relationship in up to three of the ten AMS. The grant is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. To date, 30 U.S. scholars have been awarded the scholarship.

Applications are sought in all fields, with preference given to the following disciplines: area studies, economics, environmental sciences, law, political science, public administration, public health, climate change, comparative politics, dispute settlement and negotiation, diplomacy, economic integration and trade policy, environmental science, gender studies, human migration and trafficking, international law, international relations, marine conservation, public policy, regional security, wildlife trafficking and youth studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and resident in the U.S. at the time of application. Researchers are required to be affiliated with an institution, usually a university, research institute, or government agency, in each country selected. The host should have the capacity and official permission to host U.S. students and scholars. Scholars with a PhD are preferred, but applicants with master’s degrees will also be considered. Applications from established scholars as well as from candidates who are early in their careers are encouraged.

If you have questions, please contact usasean@state.gov.

2023-2024 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Application Dates