Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2019-2020

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 -Senator Fulbright

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Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2019-2020

The United States Government is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 annual competition for the Fulbright Visiting Research Award.  The grant is for non-degree research for university faculty and professionals to further develop academic and professional expertise in collaboration with American colleagues. The Fulbright award allows recipients to pursue a particular field of study and develop leadership that promotes better understanding between the United States and Singapore. Research will be conducted any time between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 for a duration of 3-4 months.  The award will cover round trip international airfare (economy class) on an American carrier, settling in and living expenses, and a book or resource allowance.

As the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program 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 observe each other’s political and economic institutions, cultures, and to exchange ideas since 1946.

Preferred Fields of Research

Priority will be given to research in the social sciences and humanities as they relate to the United States and Singapore and the broader global society.  Within the natural and applied sciences, only policy-oriented proposals or those with inter-disciplinary overlaps/implications related to sections 2 and 3 below would be considered.

  • The United States – Study of U.S. society and culture through such fields as history, government, international relations, economics, law, business, literature, intellectual history, sociology, religious pluralism, and cultural anthropology.
  • Challenges of Contemporary Society – Comparative studies of contemporary civil society and social issues in Singapore and the United States. Subjects of particular interest include risk or crisis management issues, the impact of rapid technological development, (including challenges from the new media), finite resources, energy supply and environmental issues, transformation in educational systems, urbanization, gerontology and the family.
  • Transnational Issues of Global Society – Study related to transnational issues. Subjects of particular interest include health policy, international trade, labor and mobility, migration, environmental policy, energy and demography or human geography.


  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
  • Preference given to full-time lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors or full professors with at least 5 years professional experience at Singapore universities or other institutions of higher education. Grantees are expected to continue to teach in Singapore upon their completion of the program.
  • Individuals from non-profit organizations, especially in the areas of social services, with doctoral degrees or equivalent professional training or experience, are eligible to apply.
  • Preference given to applicants who have not had recent extensive experience in the United States, that is, more than a six-month continuous sojourn within the last five years.
  • Applicants selected for a Fulbright award are required to submit a Medical History & Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Competition Schedule

October 1 Competition opens.
November 17

Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms.

·        Applicants will receive notification of results no later than December 1.

December 17 Interviews for shortlisted candidates with U.S. Embassy Singapore Review & Selection Committee.
January 31 Notification of candidacy by U.S. Embassy Singapore. Finalists submitted for final review to Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).
April 31 FFSB selections finalized. Congratulatory letters sent.
June 1 Confirmation of host institution affiliation.
August 15 Fulbright pre-departure orientations.
September-January Departure for the United States.


 Application Procedure

  1. The online application can be found at: https://iie.embark.com/auth/login.
  2. Select Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.  NOTE: When responding to Question 4: Category of Grant, applicants should clearly indicate whether they are applying for a Research or Lecturing/Research
  3. The Fulbright application requires the following:
  • Application
  • Project statement (3 pages maximum)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Passport photocopy or scan

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 host institution affiliations. Fulbright grantees are expected to spend the majority of time in research, but are highly encouraged to expand and develop networks of professional contacts through conference presentations, development of research publications, networking events, etc. In the spirit of the Fulbright award, professional relationships established during the grantee’s time in the U.S. are intended to be sustained after the formal grant period has ended.

For further details about the Fulbright competition, please contact:

Fulbright Program Singapore
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Email: Singaporefulbright@state.gov