Fulbright Malaysia Program

Fulbright Malaysia Program

Global UGRAD Exchange Program

  • Award Duration
    5 months
  • Announcement Of Application
    Open - November 1, 2024 Close - December 16, 2024

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. Global UGRAD is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented backgrounds who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills. 

All participants will be enrolled for one semester in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate coursework chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers and will be required to participate in 20 hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop. 

Click here for the online application.

  • Applicants must be a Malaysian citizen.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the of application.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program in Malaysia, having completed a minimum of one semester of study by January 2024.
  • Applicants must have one full year remaining at their home institution after the Global UGRAD Program year.
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  • Applicants must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 48iBT to be considered.
  • Preference will be given to those who have had little or no experience in the United States or outside of their home countries.
  • Applicants are required to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.

The following applicants are ineligible:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States.
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Malaysia.
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Immediate family members (i.e., spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment
  • Current MACEE employees and their immediate family members
Award Benefit
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly stipend
  • Room and board
  • Health insurance
Application and Program Timeline
  • Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023 for the 2024-2025 academic year. 
  • Participants will be placed at a U.S. university in either the fall 2024 semester (August – December 2024) or spring 2025 semester (January to May 2025).
How to Apply

Candidates are advised to visit the designated link (to be announced) between November 1, 2023, and the application deadline on December 15, 2023.

Submission Requirements (to be provided in English)
  • Two letters of reference, one from a lecturer from the applicant’s major field of study, the other from another lecturer, an employer, a coach, or a community work supervisor.
  • Photocopy of Malaysian Identification Card.
  • The latest university progress report/transcript in English
  • Please ensure that you have prepared your transcript and other required materials before the deadline, as it will not be possible to add any additional information to the online application form after that date.

Once the online application has been submitted, candidates are requested to notify the staff at MACEE via email. Please attach your scanned TOEFL ITP, TOEFL Prediction score, iBT, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (if you have one on file) to fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my.

In the email subject line, kindly include “[Your Full Name] – Submission & Completion of Global UGRAD Application Form.”