Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program

  • Award Duration
    3 - 4 months
  • Announcement Of Application
    Open - 13 August, 2024 Close - 13 November, 2024

The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program, launched in 2012, is a significant grant initiative that facilitates university faculty, government officials, and professionals from ASEAN member states to conduct scholarly and professional research in the United States. The program’s primary objective is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen ties between the U.S., Malaysia, and the 10 ASEAN nations, thereby fostering mutual understanding and cooperation.

Over the past decade, the program has made a substantial impact, awarding scholarships to more than 94 scholars from all ASEAN states. These scholars have been given the opportunity to conduct 3-4 month research at U.S. universities on a wide array of subjects, including but not limited to maritime security, climate change, health, finance, political security, wildlife trafficking, and teaching English as a second language.

The program is open to a broad range of professionals whose work focuses on U.S.–ASEAN issues. Applicants are expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment, be proficient in English, and be citizens of one of the ten ASEAN Member States. Preference is given to those who have not had recent and substantial experience in the U.S.

Click here for the online application.

  • Must be a Malaysian citizen and resident in Malaysia throughout the nomination and selection process.
  • Must possess a doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application.
  • Eligible applicants include university faculty, government officials, and professionals from the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs focusing on U.S.–ASEAN issues.
  • Must have a strong research proposal addressing a topic of mutual interest to the United States and ASEAN.
  • Should have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment.
  • Applicants should have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment.
  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Must be in good health, certified by submission of medical history and pre-departure medical examination.
  • Must be willing to return to Malaysia upon completion of the program in the United States.
  • Preference is given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.

Ineligible applicants:

  • Currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the United States.
  • Have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  • Have been to the United States as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of professor or research scholar within the past two years.
Award Benefit

The award offers several benefits to participants, including:


  1. The chance to engage in research activities at a prestigious U.S. university.
  2. The opportunity to establish valuable connections with scholars and professionals from the United States.
  3. The platform to showcase your research to a broader audience, increasing its impact and visibility.
  4. Financial support in the form of a monthly stipend, professional, in-transit and settling-in allowance. and international travel.
  5. Health and Accident Insurance (ASPE) for Scholar only.
How to Apply

To apply, access and complete the online application. Before submitting, carefully read and download the application instructions. Select “Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholars Initiative” in the award information section and clearly indicate it in your project or research title.

A complete application includes:

  • A completed application form
  • Project statement (3-5 pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (up to 6 pages)
  • Letter of invitation from the U.S. host institution (preferred but not required; confirmation required before final selection and departure)
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of 3)
  • Copy of academic transcript and diploma (in English)
  • Copy of Identification Card/Passport
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the duration of the program?

  • The program typically lasts between three to four months.

Is the program fully funded?

  • Yes, the program provides funding for international travel, professional, in-transit and settling-in allowance, ASPE insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Can I choose my host institution in the U.S.?

  • Yes, you can choose your host institution and provide an invitation letter at the time of application.

Do I need to have an offer letter from the institution when applying for the scholar program?

  • Yes, it is strongly recommended to have a letter of invitation from the host institution indicating the duration of the program.

What information is required in the letter of support from my home institution?

  • The letter should indicate your eligibility for a sabbatical leave, the duration of the leave, and whether you are eligible for a paid leave.