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Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2023-2024
October 5, 2023

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 Senator Fulbright

Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2024-2025  

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Award 2024-2025. The grant is for non-degree, post-doctoral research for Singaporean 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, 2024 and May 31, 2025 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 400,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experience cultures and observe each other’s political and economic institutions. Singapore’s first Fulbrighters travelled 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 Topics 2 and 3 below would be considered.  

  1. 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. 
  2. Challenges of Contemporary Society – Comparative studies of contemporary civil society and social issues in Singapore and the United States. Subjects of particular interest include issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, challenges to freedom of speech and expression, innovation and entrepreneurship, and environmental issues.  
  3. Transnational Issues of Global Society – Study related to transnational issues. Subjects of particular interest include geopolitics, climate resilience, security issues (e.g. cyber, maritime, food, etc.), emerging digital economy issues, and supply chain resilience.  


  • Singaporean citizens or Singaporean permanent residents. 
  • Preference given to full-time lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors with at least five years professional experience at Singaporean universities or other institutions of higher education. Grantees are expected to continue to teach in Singapore upon completion of the Fulbright 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 9, 2023  Competition opens. 
November 24, 2023  Deadline for submission of online Fulbright application forms. 
December 11-15, 2023  Interviews for shortlisted candidates with U.S. Embassy Singapore Review & Selection Committee. 
January 5, 2024   Notification of candidacy by U.S. Embassy Singapore. Finalists’ details are submitted to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) for final review. 
April-May 2024   FFSB selections finalized. Congratulatory letters sent. 
June 3, 2024  Confirmation of host institution affiliation. 
Mid-August 2024  Fulbright pre-departure orientations. 
September 1, 2024 -May 31, 2025  Selected Fulbright Scholar conducts research in the U.S. for 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 9, 2023 at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2024   

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