The Fulbright Singapore Student Program: A one-year grant for graduate study in the United States
The Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Singapore, is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 annual competition for Fulbright grants for Singapore citizens to study in the United States.
This flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal in mind, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and observe each other’s cultures and political and economic institutions.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, and is administered by the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The program operates on the principles of autonomy and open competition based on individual merit, without regard to the individual’s institutional affiliation, race, color or creed. The objective of the grant is to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study, and to develop leaders who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the United States and Singapore. We encourage grantees to participate and engage in non-academic activities within the community in which they are pursuing their studies. Upon returning to Singapore, Fulbrighters are expected to continue their role in building bridges of understanding, directly or indirectly, between the two countries through their professional and personal activities.
Fields of Study
Priority will be given to the social sciences and humanities as they relate to the United States and Singapore. Within the natural and applied sciences, only policy-oriented proposals related to subjects in Theme 2 below will be considered.
- The United States – study of U.S. society and culture through fields such as history, government, law, literature and the arts, intellectual history, sociology, religious pluralism, cultural anthropology and journalism.
- Challenges of Contemporary Society – comparative studies of contemporary social issues in Singapore and the United States, and/or transnational issues of global society. Subjects of particular interest include risk or crisis management issues, life sciences, public health, climate change, environmental pollution, finite resources, urbanization, gerontology, ageing society, population, immigration, labor relations, the family, public law, and criminology.
- International Relations – study of Pacific Rim issues, such as contemporary political and economic relations among countries in the Asia-Pacific, including Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Education – study related to the educational systems (all levels) of Singapore and the United States. A comparative perspective is strongly encouraged. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, all aspects of internationalization (institutional, faculty, students), structural and curricular reform, and the role of education in society.
All awards are subject to budget appropriations from the United States Government. Grants are for the 2020-2021 academic year (September to May). Graduate study must begin Fall term 2020. The award includes economy return airfare on an American carrier.
One-Year Graduate Study Grants
For the 2020-2021 academic year, only a limited number of partial grants will be available (depending on funding availability). These grants are intended for a one-year master’s degree program or the first year of study for a master’s program for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be Singaporean citizens and permanent residents.
- Leadership potential with exceptional promise and demonstrated involvement in community outreach.
- Evidence of motivation and commitment to graduate study.
- Outstanding academic records and preparation in the chosen field.
- High level of English verbal and written fluency.
- Good health – While no written report is required to apply, a candidate is required to submit a health report and obtain medical clearance before becoming a grantee.
- Applicants between 25 – 35 years of age at the time of application preferred.
- Preference is given to those with little or no experience in the U.S.
Individuals who are not eligible for a Fulbright grant:
- Individuals who are currently studying, researching or lecturing at American universities.
- Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry.
- Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
Application Procedure and Competition Schedule
- March 2019 – Competition opens.
- May 12, 2019 – Deadline for preliminary applications. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in the objectives of the Fulbright program, please email a copy of your curriculum vitae and a one-page statement of interest in the program as it relates to your proposed course of study to Singaporefulbright@state.gov and cc Singaporeusembassy@state.gov by this date. After preliminary review, applicants who meet basic requirements and whose proposals are relevant to programs as outlined above will be sent program application forms and test vouchers.
- July 14, 2019 – Deadline for submission of completed Fulbright application forms.
- August 2019 – Interview of shortlisted candidates.
- September 2019 – Notification of candidacy by Embassy.
- September 2019 – Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates must register for TOEFL, GRE and GMAT. Singaporean applicants on the Fulbright program are required to submit TOEFL test scores for graduate school applications in the United States.
- December 2019 – Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington D.C.
- March/April 2020 – University responses
- August 2020 – Departure for the United States.
For more information contact:
Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road