Fulbright US-ASEAN Initiative

  1. Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  2. Fulbright US-ASEAN Initiative

FY20 Competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Awards

 

The United States Government is pleased to announce the FY 2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar award.  Reflecting an enduring commitment to the Asia Pacific Region, the United States has elevated its engagement across Asia as a strategic priority. A central pillar of that strategy is to work more closely with multilateral institutions such as ASEAN.  The objective of the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN award is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties around issues important to the ASEAN region.

The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar award is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN member nations to travel to the United States for scholarly and professional research for 3-4 months on issues that are relevant and useful to member nations, and central to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship.

Qualifying Research Fields

While applications will be accepted from all ASEAN countries, it is anticipated that a total of 10 awards will be made for the region. These grants are for research and lecture in fields that will support ASEAN initiatives including, but not limited to, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Food Technology, Geography, Geology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Life Science, Management Information Systems, Museum Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics.

Program Dates

Scholars can plan to begin their grant in Spring 2021 (January-May 2021).

About Fulbright

As the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program is designed “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal in mind, since its inception more than 60 years ago, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants with the opportunity to observe each other’s political and economic institutions and cultures and to exchange ideas.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should access and complete the online application now available.

Applicants should select “U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative” in the menu.  Otherwise, please select “Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program” and indicate clearly “U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative” as part of their project or research title.

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 majority of time will be spent in research, grantees are also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during the grantee’s time in the U.S. can be sustained after the formal grant period has ended.  In addition, grantees will be expected to seek opportunities to provide an ASEAN perspective during their time in the U.S. through guest lectures, seminars, or participation in academic or professional conferences.  All applicants are urged to explore possible affiliations with U.S. institutions, including universities, think tanks and research institutes, in advance of submitting their formal applications.  Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to make the most suitable affiliations.

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation (strongly preferred but not required)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)
  • Passport bio page

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be Brunei citizens or citizens of an ASEAN nation.  Applicants must be residing in an ASEAN country throughout the nomination and selection process, and must return to an ASEAN country upon completion of their U.S. stay.
  2. Applicants should be university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, or professionals in think tanks and other NGOs whose work focuses on U.S.-ASEAN issues.  Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment.
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.
  4. Applicants must be proficient in English.
  5. Good health.  Applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Applicants who are ineligible:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the United States, or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past 5 years.
  2. Have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past two years (which would prevent them from being issued another J-1 visa in the category of Professor or Research Scholar.)

Application Procedure and Competition Schedule

  • September 6, 2019 – Announcement of Application
  • December 1, 2019 – Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms.  After preliminary review by U.S. Embassy Brunei Darussalam, shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview with the Review and Selection Committee at the U.S. Embassy Brunei Darussalam sometime in December 2019
  • January 10, 2020 – Deadline for Brunei applications to reach the U.S. Mission in ASEAN.  U.S. Embassy Brunei Darussalam expects to nominate up to three candidates to the U.S. Mission to ASEAN by this date.  A panel comprising representatives from the Mission and ASEAN officials will conduct a final review of all the country-nominated applicants to select one participant from each of the 10 ASEAN member states. The selections will be sent onward to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington D.C. for final approval.
  • April 2020 – Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington D.C.
  • May 2020 – Congratulatory letters from the Ambassador of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN conveyed to selected and non-selected candidates.
  • August 2020 – Pre-departure orientation with Selected Candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Spring 2020 – Selected Candidate prepares for departure for the United States.

Award Terms

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

  • A monthly stipend for grantees, between US$2,710 and US$3,145/month, depending on city.
  • One direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket.
  • A one-time US$1,250 Professional and Settling-in allowance.
  • Qualifying university lab and research fees up to US$3,000, as necessary.
  • No dependent support will be available.

For further details about the Fulbright competition, please contact:

Shova Thapa
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Section
Tel: +673 2384616 ext 2101
Fax: +673 2384606
Email: EmbassyBruneiPAS@state.gov