Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Awards

2020 Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program
Deadline: November 29, 2019

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2020 Fulbright U.S. -ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program.

Reflecting an enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has elevated its engagement across Asia as a strategic priority.  A central tenet of that strategy is to work closely with multilateral institutions such as ASEAN.  The objective of the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our ties with the ten member nations of ASEAN, while specifically emphasizing the importance of ASEAN.  This marks the eighth year of the Initiative.  To date, 75 scholars from all 10 ASEAN Member States have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects including public health, the South China Sea, Indo-Pacific focus, ASEAN economic integration, banking governance, human trafficking, STEM education, food safety, and legal education.

Program Description:  The Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professional staff of the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs in the ASEAN Member States.  Selected Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months during the Spring of 2021, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN.  Projects should be selected that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region.  Please note the criteria for U.S.-ASEAN scholarships – research on priority issues for the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN, clear regional implications – differ substantially from those for bi-lat scholarships, Projects considered for one may not be appropriate for the other.  Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN Member States.  It is anticipated that a minimum of 10 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S. – ASEAN selection committee, including one participant from each of the 10 ASEAN Member States.

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 United States 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 United States through guest lectures, seminars, or participation in academic or professional conferences.  All applicants are urged to establish a likely affiliation with a U.S. institution, including universities, think tanks, and research institutes, in advance of submitting their formal applications.  Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to finalize suitable affiliations.  Note: All of the selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the Spring 2021 semester, in the January to May timeframe.

Field of Study:  In FY 2020, Fulbright Visiting Scholars may apply to conduct research that supports broad ASEAN initiatives, such as support for regional economic integration, expansion of maritime cooperation, promotion of opportunities for women, and addressing transnational challenges (including regional collaboration on issues like curbing human trafficking, countering violent extremism, preventing wildlife trafficking or promoting sustainable fishing).  Fields of study could include, but are not limited to: Education, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Statistics, Trade and Investment, and Trade Facilitation.

Eligibility: Fulbright U.S-ASEAN Visiting Scholar applicants should be university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, or professionals in the private sector, 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; they must be citizens of one of the ten ASEAN Member States; and they must be proficient in English.  Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.  Applicants must be residing in an ASEAN Member State throughout the nomination and selection process, and they must return to an ASEAN country upon completion of their U.S. stay.

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Fulbright Program:

  1. Currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S., or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  2. Have been to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of Professor or Research Scholar within the past two years.
  3. Local employees who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These U.S. government employees are also ineligible to apply for one year following the termination of employment;
  4. Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees. These family members are also ineligible to apply for one year following the termination of employment.

Application Procedures: Candidates will access the on-line application at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020
For online instructions, please click here!

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation (strongly preferred, but not required)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)

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

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

Contact information:

The Fulbright Office, Public Diplomacy Section, U.S. Embassy, Vientiane Laos.
Tel: 021 48 7000 Ext. 7055 or email: USGscholarshipsLaos@state.gov