FY 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program (Deadline: December 16, 2022)

By October 21, 2022 December 5th, 2022 Fulbright Programs

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY 2023-2024 competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program, regionally competed awards for Visiting Scholars that will support ASEAN initiatives.

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 ties with the ten member nations of ASEAN, while specifically emphasizing the importance of ASEAN. 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. 

The Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, professional private sector staff, 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 2024, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.– ASEAN relationship and ASEAN.  Projects that are regional in scope should be selected and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region.

Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN member states.  It is anticipated that a minimum of 20 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S.– ASEAN selection committee, including two participants from each of the 10 ASEAN member states.


In FY 2023, 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.  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 U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and may also reflect priorities and relevance to the nominating country.  Projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region are to be prioritized.


  1. Applicants should be university faculty, the foreign ministry, government officials, or professionals in the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs whose work focuses on U.S.-ASEAN issues.
  2. Malaysian citizens who reside in Malaysia throughout the nomination and selection process.
  3. Applicants must return to Malaysia upon completion of their program in the United States.
  4. Applicants will be expected to have a significant scholarly or professional accomplishment record.
  5. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  6. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.
  7. Good health and applicants selected for the Fulbright grant will be 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. 
  2. Have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years; or
  3. Have been to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of Professor or Research Scholar within the past two years.


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 program is primarily focused on research, scholars are also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during the scholar’s time in the United States can be sustained after the formal grant period has ended. 

In addition, scholars 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 scholars 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 go to the United States during the first half of 2024, starting their grant between January and March 2024. Program timing may be subject to change due to travel restrictions or other considerations.


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

  • A monthly stipend for scholars, between USD 2,710 and USD 3,145/month, depending on the U.S. city.
  • A direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket.
  • A one-time USD 1,250 Professional and Settling-in allowance.
  • Qualifying university lab and research fees up to USD 3,000, as necessary. A proposal and a cost breakdown are required.
  • No dependent support will be available.
  • Exchanges must be at least three months, but no more than four months in length.


This program seeks applicants whose writing achieves the highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instances of plagiarism. Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participating in the program.

 Plagiarism will be understood to include any of the following:
Presenting wording, statistics, or concepts as your own which should be attributed to someone else or publications (online or offline). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying the exact wording of a written source
  • Presenting material with alterations in wording
  • Paraphrasing the content of a source without citation

It is expected that your application will be your work and writing, with a clear citation of secondary sources if describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work). Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be cited.


 A Fulbright scholarship recipient will be covered by Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) for the duration of the Fulbright program.

  • ASPE’s coverage is minimal and meets the minimum health insurance requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors.
  • Health & Accident Insurance (ASPE) – valued at up to USD$100,000 (for the scholar only)

Some U.S. universities may require a recipient to purchase additional health insurance if ASPE benefits do not meet university requirements for coverage.


Click here for the online application and select “Fulbright U.S.- ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program” in the menu.

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation from the host institution in the U.S. (strongly preferred, but not required)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)
  • Passport biodata page


Please note that the interview is tentatively scheduled for early January 2023 and only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. For inquiries, please email Karen or Kalis at fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my  or contact us at 03-21668878.