Fulbright U.S Specialist Program

Fulbright U.S. Specialist Program

Fulbright U.S. Specialist Program

Award Duration

2 – 6 weeks

Announcement of Application

Open: 1 February 2025  Close: 31 May, 2025

MACEE Information Session On Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) supports Malaysian institutions through grants to bring U.S. Specialists in selected disciplines to Malaysia for a period ranging between two and six weeks. Specialists are frequently academics; however, professionals such as attorneys, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and experts in eligible fields (such as business, communications, public health, and public administration) often take part in the program as well.

The FSP provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals whose credentials and experience are at the faculty or full professional level with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions in Malaysia. The program is a field-driven initiative, conceptualization and designing projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represents a priority for the host institution.

These projects are then paired with a Specialist, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and Malaysian host institutions. 

Planned activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivering seminars, trainings or workshops
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training, curricula/materials
  • Providing lectures at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Engaging in strategic or institutional planning
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

Project duration is from January 1, 2026 – September 30, 2026.

  • Gain global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals.
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary bodies);
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.);
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including issue-centered institutions and think tanks; and
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).
  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length, including weekends, holidays, and travel days.
  • All project activities must take place in Malaysia.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.
  • Fulbright Specialist projects must be carried out in-person.

Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal to MACEE by May 31, 2025. After the project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by MACEE. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that MACEE receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it can support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved. If your project proposal is approved by MACEE, then it must be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Download the Host Institution Project Proposal Form and information on the Fulbright Specialist Program located on this page.

For inquries, please email fulbrightmalaysia@macee.org.my or contact us at 03-2168 8878.

This is a cost-share program.

Host institutions are responsible for lodging, 3 meals a day, in-country transportation, in-country airport transfer, Specialist visa processing, and charges.