FY2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program (Deadline: Closed)

By July 15, 2018 April 26th, 2021 Fulbright Programs

Due to the Covid-19 uncertainty, the application deadline is further extended to January 4, 2021

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY2021-2022 competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program, regionally competed awards for Visiting Scholars that will support ASEAN initiatives.

The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professional staff of private sector, 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 during the first half of 2022, where they will carry out scholarly and professionally research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationships and ASEAN. Projects should be selected that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region.  Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN Member States. It is anticipated that 10 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S.-ASEAN selection committee, including one participant from each of the 10 ASEAN Member States.

Research Fields:

In FY 2021, Fulbright Visiting Scholars 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 (for example, regional collaboration on issues such as curbing human trafficking, countering violent extremism, preventing wildlife trafficking, and countering violent extremism, promoting sustainable fishing). 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, Statistics, Trade and Investment, Trade Facilitation. These programs and topics should reflect priority areas of the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and may also reflect priorities and relevance to Malaysia. Projects that are regional in scope and/or have a clear implications for the entire ASEAN region are to be priortized.


1.Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and 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 the private sectors, 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 accomplishment.

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 if they:

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 Exchange Visitor 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 establish a likely affiliation with a U.S. institution, including universities, think tanks and research institutes, in advance of submitting their formal applications. Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to finalize suitable affiliations.

Note: All of the selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the first half of 2022, preferably in the January to May timeframe. Please understand the program timing may be subject to change due to travel restrictions or considerations.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants should complete the online application here and select “Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program” 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 U.S. city.
• A 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. A proposal and a cost breakdown required.
• 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 Extended: January 4, 2021

Please note that the interview is tentatively scheduled for end December 2020 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 Email: Fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my

For further inquiry, please contact Ms Kalis or Ms Karen