Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative – FY 2021

Application Deadline: December 21, 2020

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the FY 2021 competition for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative. Applications close at 12:00 p.m. on December 21, 2020.

Program Description

Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months during the first half of 2022, 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-lateral scholarships. Projects considered for one may not be appropriate for the other.  It is anticipated that a minimum of 11 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S. – ASEAN selection committee, including one participant from each of the 10 ASEAN Member States, and two from the incoming ASEAN chair, which, for 2022, will be Cambodia.  It is possible that additional candidates will be selected to participate in the program, pending availability of funds.

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.  These programs and topics should reflect priority areas of the ASEAN Secretariat, and also be of interest and relevance to the nominating country and Commission.  Again note that projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region are strongly preferred.


  • 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;
  • 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., 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.

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 2022 semester, in the January to May timeframe.

Application Procedures

Each Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar candidate will be required to submit an online application via the online management system administered by the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).  Once the applications have been submitted, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) will review and nominate candidates to be sent to the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.  Finalist applications from the regional competition will then be forwarded electronically for review by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

Application package includes:

  • Application (click here to apply)
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than 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.