Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program AY 2016- 2017

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is pleased to call for nominations of outstanding candidates to participate in the 2016 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program.

Program Description: The Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative 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 to travel to the United States for scholarly and professional research for three to four months on issues that are relevant to ASEAN and central to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship.

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.

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 pillar 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. This marks the fourth year of the Initiative. To date, 26 scholars from all 10 ASEAN Member States have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects including teaching English as a second language, maritime security, climate change, health, political security, and wildlife trafficking.

Fields of study:

Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholars may apply to conduct research in fields that be of interest and relevance to Viet Nam and will support ASEAN initiatives such as supporting regional economic integration, expanding maritime cooperation, promoting opportunities for women, fostering green growth, and addressing transnational challenges (including human trafficking, climate change, sustainable fishing, wildlife trafficking, and countering violent extremism).

These fields can include:

  • 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

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 who:

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

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  1. Application (Candidates will access the on-line application at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/30/). Only online applications will be considered.
  2. Project statement (three to five pages)
  3. Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
  4. Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  5. Letter of invitation (preferred, but not required)
  6. Letters of recommendation (three are required)

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 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.

Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2015 at 17:00 by Vietnam time zone.

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: (04) 3850-5000