Scholarship Programs
Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program

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 Program 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. 2018 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.

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 (3-4) months, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN. Projects that are regional in scope and/or have clear implications for the entire ASEAN region will be given more emphasis than projects that are more narrowly focused.

Fulbright US-ASEAN 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, 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, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics.

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 one-time $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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Must have significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment.
  • Must be a Filipino citizen.
  • Must be proficient in English.
  • Must be residing in the Philippines throughout the nomination and selection process.
  • Must be able to demonstrate commitment to return to the Philippines upon completion of their U.S. stay.

Application Requirements:

  • Accomplished Application Form
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages; this is required for research or combined teaching/research awards)
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letter of invitation (preferred, but not required)
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)

Individuals holding dual citizenship, are permanent residents and/or are presently studying in the U.S. are not eligible.

Application period for the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative competition is from August 25 to October 5, 2018. All of the selected Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholars are to come to the United States during the fall semester of 2019, starting in September and ending in December.


Download 2019-20 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program Application Form


Download 2019-20 Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program Letter of Reference