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April 9, 2021

Fulbright Student Award for Graduate Study in the U.S. 2022-2023

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 2022-2023 annual competition for Fulbright grants for Singapore citizens to study in the United States.

History

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).

Program Objectives

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.

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 2022-2023 academic year (September to May). Graduate study must begin Fall term 2022.  The award includes economy return airfare on an American carrier.

One-Year Graduate Study Grants

For the 2022-2023 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 or 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 1, 2021 – Competition opens.
  • April 30, 2021 – 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 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.
  • June 30, 2021 – Deadline for submission of completed Fulbright application forms.
  • July 2021 – Interview of shortlisted candidates.
  • August 2021 – Notification of candidacy by Embassy.
  • August 2021 – 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 2021 – Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington D.C.
  • March/April 2022 – University responses
  • August 2022 – Departure for the United States*

* Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

For more information contact:

Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Email: Singaporefulbright@state.gov

Fulbright Specialist Program

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

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

The Program further aims to make the benefits of American culture and technology available to the world and to enrich American life by exposing it to the science and art of many societies.

 -Senator Fulbright

Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2021-2022

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Visiting Research Award 2021-2022. The grant is for non-degree, post-doctoral research 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. 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 between September 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 for a duration of 3-4 months. The award will cover round trip international airfare on an American carrier, settling in and living expenses, and a book or resource allowance.

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.

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 and 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.

Eligibility

  • Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
  • Preference given to full-time lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors with at least five 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 13, 2020 Competition opens.
November 24, 2020 Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms.
December 14-18, 2020 Interviews for shortlisted candidates with U.S. Embassy Singapore Review & Selection Committee.
January 15, 2021 Notification of candidacy by U.S. Embassy Singapore. Finalists’ details are submitted to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) for final review.
April-May 2021 FFSB selections finalized. Congratulatory letters sent.
June 1, 2021 Confirmation of host institution affiliation.
Mid-August 2021 Fulbright pre-departure orientations.
September 1, 2021-May 31,2022 Selected Fulbright Scholar conducts research in the U.S. for about 3-4 months.

 

Application Procedure

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 an informed decision about the applicant and the proposed research.

Access the online application beginning October 13, 2020 at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

NOTE: Clearly indicate in the application portal and your project title that you are applying for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award.

Application Materials:

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

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

Fulbright U.S.– ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program 2021

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

2022 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. To date, more than 80 scholars from all 10 ASEAN Member States have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects including public health, the South China Sea, Indo-Pacific focus, ASEAN economic integration, banking governance, human trafficking, STEM education, food safety, and legal education.

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 3-4 months in the first half of 2022 for scholarly and professional research on issues that are relevant to ASEAN, and central to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship.

While it is expected that the majority of time will be spent in research, the awardee is also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during their time in the United States can be sustained after the formal grant period has ended. In addition, the awardee 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.

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.

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

  • Supporting regional economic integration
  • Expanding maritime cooperation
  • Promoting opportunities for women
  • Addressing transnational challenges (e.g. regional collaboration on issues such as curbing human trafficking, countering violent extremism, preventing wildlife trafficking or promoting sustainable fishing)

Program Benefits
The award will cover:

  • A direct-flight, round trip economy class air ticket on an American carrier.
  • A monthly living stipend between US $2,710 and $3,145/month, depending on the U.S. city.
  • A one-time US $1,250.00 settling in and professional allowance.
  • Qualifying university lab and research fees of up to $3,000, as necessary.
  • No dependent support will be available.

 Eligibility

  • Applicants must be Singaporean citizens or permanent residents. 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. Non-Singaporean applicants must apply through their home country’s embassy or Fulbright Commission.
  • 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 or substantial experience in the United States.
  • Applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Fulbright Medical History & Examination Report no later than 60 days prior to departure.

 Disqualification:

  • 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

October 6, 2020 Competition opens.
November 17, 2020 Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms
December 14-18, 2020 Interviews for shortlisted candidates with U.S. Embassy Singapore Review & Selection Committee.
January 15, 2021 Notification of candidacy by U.S. Embassy Singapore. Finalists’ details submitted to ​the U.S. Mission to ASEAN for final review, before being forwarded to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) ​for approval.
April-May 2021 FFSB selections finalized.
First half of 2022* Selected Fulbright Scholar conducts research in the U.S. for about 3-4 months

*Selected Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the first half of 2022, preferably in the January to May timeframe. Program timing may be subject to change due to travel restrictions or other considerations.

 Application Procedure

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.

Access the online application beginning October 6, 2020 at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

NOTE: Clearly indicate in the application portal and your project title that you are applying for the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Award.

Application Materials:

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

Contact:

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