Exchange Programs

The Fulbright Program is the most prestigious international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries while supporting innovative research and scholarship. In addition to Fulbright programs, U.S. Embassy Singapore offers a variety of robust exchange opportunities for teachers, students, scholars, and professionals.

  • Fulbright Student Award for Graduate Study in the U.S. 2022: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or institutions. Applications now closed. Applications will open again in March 2021.
  • Fulbright Specialist Program: The Fulbright Specialist Program invites U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic or research-oriented institutions in Singapore for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Singaporean universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions will host a leading U.S. academic or professional at their institution to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects focused on education and training. The projects focus on critical priorities identified by the host institutions and supported by U.S. Embassy Singapore. The applicant and host institution are required to submit independent applications through the Fulbright Specialist portal. Application deadline: Ongoing.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching 2021: In partnership with Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching competition selects three American and three Singaporean teachers to participate in a three-month exchange that combines the best of educational research, theory, and practice in universities and classrooms. Teachers will develop inquiry projects that speak to the unique talents and needs of diverse students for the purpose of cultivating best practices in education. Applications now closed.
  • Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2021-2022:  Fulbright is the U.S. Department of State’s premier academic exchange program. The award is a 3-4 month grant for Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident university faculty, think tank researchers, and professionals conducting non-degree or post-doctoral research to enhance academic and professional expertise in the United States in collaboration with American academics and/or field experts. Now open for applications! Deadline to apply: November 24, 2020.
  • Fulbright U.S.– ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program 2021:  Fulbright is the U.S. Department of State’s premier academic exchange program. The award is a 3-4 month grant for Singapore citizens or Permanent Resident university faculty, government officials, private sector, think tank, and NGO professionals in ASEAN Member States to conduct scholarly and/or professional research in the United States on issues central to ASEAN and the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. Application deadline: November 17, 2020.
  • Community Solutions Program (CSP) 2021: CSP is a four month, hands-on community leadership program open to applicants aged 25-38 and working in the following areas: transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environment, and gender issues. Now open for applications! Application deadline: 29 October 2020.
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars 2021: An intensive, six-week, post-graduate level academic program with an integrated study tour that provides university faculty and/or scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions in the fields of U.S. National Security Policy Making, American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Applicants must not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be between 30-50 years of age. Applications now closed. 
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators 2021: Open to secondary school educators including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and Ministry of Education officials who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture. The five-week program provides content and materials to develop high school level curricula about the United States and/or American values.  Applicants must not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be between 30-50 years of age. Competition will open in December 2020.
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the U.S. firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the IVLP. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government. There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by U.S. Embassies worldwide.

For more information contact:

Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508