FY19 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program

The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy–the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately. The simple purpose of the exchange program…is to erode the culturally rooted mistrust that sets nations against one another. The exchange program is not a panacea but an avenue of hope….

Senator J. William Fulbright
From The Price of Empire

2019 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program Competition

Reflecting an enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region, the United States has elevated its engagement across Asia as a strategic priority.  A central pillar of the strategy is to work more closely with multilateral institutions such as ASEAN.  The objective of the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties.  2019 marks the seventh year of the initiative. To date, 60 scholars from all ten ASEAN Member States have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects including innovative teaching methods, maritime security, climate change, health, political security, and wildlife trafficking.

The Initiative is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and other government officials, and professional staff from the private sector, think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN Member States. The awardee will travel to the U.S. for scholarly and professional research on issues that are relevant to ASEAN, and central to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship for three to four months beginning in September 2019.

Qualifying Research Fields
Fulbright Visiting Scholars may apply to conduct research in fields that support ASEAN initiatives including:

  • Supporting regional economic integration
  • Expanding maritime cooperation
  • Promoting opportunities for women
  • Fostering green growth
  • Addressing transnational challenges (including regional collaboration on issues such as human trafficking, countering violent extremism, preventing wildlife trafficking or sustainable fishing)

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.

Program Dates
Scholars should plan to carry out their projects to coincide with the traditional fall semester, starting in September 2019 and ending December 2019.  The award will cover:

  • A direct-flight, round trip economy class international airfare (economy class) on an American carrier
  • A monthly stipend of between $2,710 and $3,145 dependent on the city
  • A one-time $1,250 Professional and Settling-in allowance
  • Qualifying university lab and research fees of up to $3,000, as necessary.
  • No dependent support will be available.

About Fulbright

Established in 1946, Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is “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, experience cultures and observe each other’s political and economic institutions. Singapore’s first Fulbrighters traveled to the U.S. in 1956. Since then, over 500 Singaporean Fulbrighters have studied, researched and experienced life in the U.S.


  • Applicants must be Singaporean citizens or citizens of an ASEAN Member State. Applicants must be residing in an ASEAN Member State throughout the nomination and selection process, and must return to an ASEAN Member State upon completion of their U.S. stay.
  • 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 must have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not had recent and/ or substantial experience in the United States.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English.
  • Applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Fulbright Medical History & Examination Report 60 days prior to departure.


  • Applicants who are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
  • Applicants who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  • Applicants who have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past two years.

Competition Schedule

September 1, 2018 Competition opens.

October 1, 2018

(extended to October 15, 2018)

Deadline extended to October 15, 2018

Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms.

  • Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by November 1.
  • Shortlisted candidates will interview with the U.S. Embassy Singapore Review & Selection Committee.
November 1, 2018 Candidates recommended to the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) in Washington D.C. for final selection.
April 1, 2019 FFSB approval of primary and alternate candidates.
May 1, 2019 Congratulatory letters sent.
June-July 2019 Confirmation of affiliation with scholars’ host institution.
August 2019 Pre- departure orientation.
August 2019 Departure for the United States.


 Application Procedure

  1. Explore affiliations with U.S. institutions, universities, think tanks and research institutes before submitting the online application.  Letters of invitation will enable program organizers to make a strong decision about the applicant and the proposed research.

NOTE: Research is the primary focus of the grant. However, grantees are encouraged to expand and develop professional contacts and networks that will continue past the duration of the Fulbright residency. Grantees are expected to seek opportunities for guest lectures, seminars or participation in academic or professional conferences that share the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN experience and point to the U.S.-ASEAN connection.

  1. Access the online application beginning September 1, 2018 at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars
  1. Select:
    1. U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative or
    2. Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and clearly indicate U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative as part of the project or research title.

 Application Materials:

  • Application
  • Project statement (3-5 pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (6 page maximum)
  • Letter of invitation (preferred but not required)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Passport scan


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