Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program AY 2019- 2020

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is pleased to call for nominations of outstanding candidates to participate in the 2019 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative.

1. Program Description: The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professional staff of the private sector, think tanks, and other NGOs in the ASEAN Member States. Selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN. Note that projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region should be given more emphasis than projects that are more narrowly focused. Nominations will be accepted from all ASEAN Member States. It is anticipated that up to 11 qualified applicants will be selected by a U.S.-ASEAN selection committee, including one participant from each of the 10 ASEAN Member States, and an additional candidate representing Vietnam, the ASEAN nation that will be the ASEAN Chair for the following year (2020).

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. 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 United States 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 United States 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. All of the selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the fall semester 2019, starting in September and ending in December.

2. Background: Reflecting an enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has elevated its engagement across Asia as a strategic priority. A central tenet of that strategy is to work more closely with multilateral institutions such as ASEAN. The objective of the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative is to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties with the ten member nations of ASEAN, while emphasizing the importance of ASEAN. This marks the seventh year of the Initiative. To date, 60 scholars from all 10 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, food safety, political security, and human trafficking.

3. Fields of study: 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, and addressing transnational challenges (including regional collaboration on issues such as curbing human trafficking, countering violent extremism, and preventing wildlife trafficking or promoting sustainable fishing).

Fields of study could include, but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Financial Market Integration
  • Food Technology
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Statistics
  • Trade and Investment
  • Trade Facilitation
  • TEFL & Applied Linguistics

These programs and topics should also be of interest and relevance to Vietnam. Please note that while projects can have a specific focus, projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region are preferred.

4. Eligibility: Fulbright U.S-ASEAN Visiting Scholar 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 will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of one of the ten ASEAN Member States; 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. Applicants must be residing in an ASEAN Member State throughout the nomination and selection process, and they must return to an ASEAN country upon completion of their U.S. stay.

Applicants are ineligible if they:

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the United States or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  2. Have been to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of Professor or Research Scholar within the past two years.

5. The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation (preferred, but not required)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)

Candidates will access the on-line application at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars

6. Award Terms: Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar awards will provide:

  • A monthly stipend for grantees, between US $2,710 and $3,145/month, depending on the U.S. city.
  • A direct-flight, round-trip economy-class air ticket.
  • A $1,250 Professional and Settling-in allowance.
  • Qualifying university lab and research fees up to $3,000, as necessary.
  • No dependent support will be available.

7. Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 17:00 by Vietnam time zone

8. Point of contact:

Ms. Đỗ Thu Hương
Fulbright Program Assistant
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
Rose Garden Tower, 170 Ngọc Khánh, Hà Nội
Phone: (024) 3850-5000 (ext. 6225)
Email: VNFulbright@state.gov