2019 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative (Deadline: January 9, 2019)

By July 9, 2018 August 3rd, 2019 Fulbright Programs

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY 2019 competition for the U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative, regionally competed awards for Visiting Scholars that will support research in fields related to ASEAN issues.

The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of private sectors, think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN Member States. Selected U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months, where they will carry out scholarly and professionally research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationships and ASEAN. Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN Member States. It is anticipated that 11 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S.-ASEAN selection committee, including one participants from each of the 10 ASEAN Member States, and an additional candidate representing Vietnam, the ASEAN nation that will be the ASEAN Chair for the following year(2020).

Research Fields:
In FY 2019, Fulbright Visiting Scholars may apply to lecture and conduct research in fields that will support ASEAN initiatives such as supporting 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). These fields can include: Education, Environmental Sciences, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Statistics, Trade and Investment, Trade Facilitation, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics. These programs and topics should also be of interest and relevance to the nominating country and Commission.


1. Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and must reside in Malaysia throughout the
nomination and the selection process, and must return to Malaysia upon completion of
their program in the United States.

2. Applicants should be university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, or
professionals in think tanks and other NGOs whose work focuses on U.S.-ASEAN issues.
Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional

3. Applicants must be proficient in English. Preference will be given to qualified applicants
who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.

4. Good health. Applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical
History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Applicants are ineligible who:

1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S. or who have
received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.

2. Have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past
two years.

Project Details:

Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar proposals should be carefully developed projects that will deepen the applicant’s understanding of one or more aspects of the U.S.-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. All applicants are urged to explore possible affiliations with U.S. 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 U.S.-ASEAN Scholars will come to the United States during the same timeframe, on the traditional fall semesters, starting in September and ending in December.

Note: All selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the fall semester, starting in September and ending in December.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants should complete the online application at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars and select “U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative” in the menu.

Award Terms: Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar awards will provide:

• A monthly stipend for grantees, between US$ 2,710 and $ 3,145 per month,
depending on the city.
• One direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket.
• A one-time $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.

The following materials comprise a complete application:

• Application
• Project statement (three to five pages)
• Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
• Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
• Letter of invitation
• Letters of recommendation (three are required)
• Passport bio page

Application Deadline: January 9, 2019

Please note that the interview is tentatively scheduled for late November or early December 2018 and only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.

Please submit your applications to:

18th Floor Menara Yayasan Tun Razak
200 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21668878
Fax: 03-21661878

For further inquiry, please e-mail: kalis@macee.org.my