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ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program

The Fulbright Program is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Fulbright Visiting Scholars, The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative program. This initiative provides opportunities for travel to the United States for scholarly and professional research for 3-4 months on issues that are relevant and useful to member nations, and central to the U.S. – ASEAN relationship.

The objective of this program is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties. This marks the third year of the Initiative and to date sixteen scholars from all ten ASEAN countries have been awarded scholarships to pursue research/lecturing focused on wide range of subjects including climate change, public health, teaching English as a second language, maritime security, political security, and wildlife trafficking.

Fields of inquiry shall support ASEAN initiatives to lecture and conduct research including but not limited to: Education, Environmental Sciences, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Trade and Investment, Trade Facilitation, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics.

ELIGIBILITY: University lecturers, foreign ministry and government officials, or professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN member nations whose work focuses on U.S.-ASEAN issues are eligible to apply.

Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of one of the ASEAN countries; and they must be proficient in English. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States. In the case of applicants from Indonesia, they must be residing in Indonesia throughout the nomination and selection process, and must return to Indonesia upon completion of their U.S. stay. Applicants are ineligible who are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the United States, or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years or have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past two years (which would prevent them from being issued another J-1 visa in the category of Professor or Research Scholar.)

PROJECTS: Proposals should be carefully developed projects that will deepen the applicant’s understanding of one or more aspects of the ASEAN-U.S. relationship. While it is expected that the majority of time will be spent in research, grantees are also encouraged to expand and develop their network of professional contacts so that professional relationships established during the grantee’s time in the U.S. can be sustained after the formal grant period has ended. In addition, grantees will be expected to seek opportunities to provide an ASEAN perspective during their time in the U.S. through guest lectures, seminars, or participation in academic or professional conferences. 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 affiliations.

DURATION OF AWARD: The minimum period for an award is three (3) months, the maximum period is four (4) months.

AWARD TERMS: Grants will provide a monthly stipend; a direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket; professional and settling-in allowance; qualifying university lab and research fees, as necessary. No dependent support will be available.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidate should complete the 2015 Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program which could be downloaded from AMINEF website http://www.aminef.or.id or requested from AMINEF at the following address:

AMINEF Office :

Intiland Tower, 11th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman 32,
Jakarta 10220

Soft copy of the application can also be requested by sending an e-mail to infofulbright_ind@aminef.or.id.

APPLICATIONS: Applications are to be submitted to the American Indonesian Exchange Program (AMINEF). Applications for this program will be evaluated by a peer review panel in accordance with normal Fulbright standards that are competitive, merit-based, open and transparent. Final selections will be made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington.

Applicants should complete the following materials:

  • Application
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
  • Curriculum vita (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation (if available)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2015. We do not accept e-mail application. Hard copies must be sent or delivered to AMINEF.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Specific questions regarding the application process are accepted via e-mail at the following address: infofulbright_ind@aminef.or.id

The form can be downloaded here.a

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