Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Awards

2019 Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program
Deadline: November 2, 2018


The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program, the deadline to submit application form is November 2, 2018.

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, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN.  Note that projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region should be given more emphasis than projects that are more narrowly focused.  Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN Member States.  It is anticipated that up to 11 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 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.  All of the selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the fall semester, starting in September and ending in December.

Background:  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 more 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 educational ties with the ten member nations of ASEAN, while emphasizing the importance of ASEAN.  This marks the seventh year of the Initiative.  To date, 60 scholars from all 10 ASEAN Member States have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects including innovative teaching methods, maritime security, climate change, food safety, political security, and human trafficking.

Field of Study: In FY 2019, Fulbright Visiting Scholars may apply to conduct research in fields that support ASEAN initiatives including supporting regional economic integration, expanding maritime cooperation, promoting opportunities for women, fostering green growth, and addressing transnational challenges (including regional collaboration on issues such as curbing human trafficking, countering violent extremism, preventing wildlife trafficking or promoting sustainable fishing).  Fields of study could include, but are not limited to: Education, Environmental Sciences, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Statistics, Trade and Investment, Trade Facilitation, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics.

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.

*** Applicants are ineligible if they:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
  2. Have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  3. 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.

Application Procedures:
Candidates can access the on-line application at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars
The following materials comprise a complete application:

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

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

  • A monthly stipend, 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:
For further information or questions on the application process, please contact:

The Fulbright Office
Public Diplomacy Section
U.S. Embassy, Vientiane, Laos
Tel:  021 48 7000 ext. 7055
Email: USGscholarshipLaos@state.gov