Grants For Americans

The objective of these grants is not only to enable the recipients to pursue particular fields of study, but to develop leaders who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and Malaysia. In pursuit of the objectives of the above program, MACEE provides a number of grants under various program categories to U.S. citizens to conduct research, teach, or study in Malaysia.

Grants for U.S. citizens are available under the following program categories:

Fulbright Senior Scholar Program.

The senior scholar Fulbright program offers grants for college and university faculty and independent scholars to conduct research and/or teach in Malaysia for a period of up to ten months. Academics of very academic rank, from instructor to professor emeritus, are eligible.  Untenured faculty and professionals outside academe from private and public sectors are also encouraged to apply.  Please click here for more information.

The Fulbright visiting scholar application and guidelines are available online at

Fulbright Student Research Program.

Mature applicants from all degree levels will be considered, as long as they have completed their baccalaureate degree by the start of the grant period.  Applicants should be prepared to work with a minimum of supervision.  Applications will be considered from all fields.  Sensitive topics may include certain aspects of environmental management, race relations, and religion.  For questions on appropriate proposal topics, please contact MACEE.  Please click here for more information.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) Program.

Every year, recent college graduates are awarded grants to serve as English teaching assistants in secondary public schools throughout eight states in Malaysia; Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Sabah and Sarawak for a full academic year.  No teaching experience is required. Applicants should be mature, flexible, independent, enthusiastic, and willing to serve as cultural “ambassadors.” Fulbright ETA grantees are typically placed in rural and remote parts of Malaysia. Click here to follow the stories from the program. For those who are interested in applying for the program, please click here for more information.

Fulbright Specialist Program.

This program is designed as a short-term complement to traditional Fulbright Senior Scholar Program and will assign U.S. academic experts to Malaysian institutions for periods of two to six weeks in length.  Specialists are recruited in response to requests to MACEE from Malaysian institutions seeking assistance.  Senior Specialists can serve in various functions, such as curriculum design/reform, teacher training, faculty workshops, consulting, etc.  Central to the new program, however, is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation and creating opportunities for institutional linkages. Fulbright Senior Specialists will be available throughout the calendar year.  For more information, please visit: