Guidelines for Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar and Specialist Project Applications

The objective of the U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties, as referred to in Secretary Clinton’s recent remarks at the US-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (which can be found here:


SUMMARY: The purpose of the Visiting Scholar initiative is to provide opportunities for travel to the United States for scholarly and professional research on issues central to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. The program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN member nations.

ELIGIBILITY: University faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professionals in think tanks and other NGOs whose work focuses on U.S.-ASEAN issues are eligible to apply. Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of an ASEAN country; 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. While no medical certification is required at application time, applicants must be in good health. Individuals holding dual citizenship and/or are presently studying in the U.S. are not eligible.

FIELDS OF RESEARCH: ASEAN Visiting Scholars will be recruited to lecture and conduct research 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.

PROJECTS: Proposals should be carefully developed projects that will deepen the applicant’s, and greater public, understanding of one or more aspects of the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. While it is expected that the majority of time will be spent on 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 encouraged to seek opportunities to voice the Southeast Asian 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 administrators to make the most suitable affiliations.

DURATION OF AWARD: The ideal award period is four months; however award periods are flexible and should be congruent with the needs of the project. The minimum period for an award is three months, the maximum period six months.

DEADLINE: Interested applicants should submit their applications online by November 16, 2012 at Questions can be directed to PAS, Fulbright Section

The following materials comprise a complete Visiting Scholar application:

  • Application form
  • Project statement (three to five pages) 
  • Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
  • Curriculum vita (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)

Final country nominations will be sent for a second review by a panel comprised of U.S. Mission and ASEAN representatives. Final selections will be made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC.

AWARD TERMS: Grants will provide a monthly stipend for grantees, together with round-trip air travel, and a book and incidental allowance. No dependent support is available.

Address and contact information:
American Embassy
7 Lang Ha Street
Phone: +84 (04) 3850-5089
VU Nga
Email: vunq@state.go