Grants for US Scholars in East Asia & Pacific
US Fulbright Scholars currently carrying out projects in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region are eligible to receive funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising, panel presentations, etc. The EAP countries are: Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam; those countries marked in bold are served by independent, binational Fulbright Commissions; in the others, the Fulbright Program is managed by the US Embassy post in that country.
Funding covers transportation only. Fulbright Scholars may pursue invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries, or local institutions, US Embassies, or Fulbright Commissions in EAP may extend invitations to US Fulbright Scholars in order to benefit from their academic and professional expertise during their Fulbright grant period.
The RTP is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the US Department of State, and is currently being administered by AMINEF (American Indonesian Exchange Foundation), the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia.
Scholars must present a report within 30 days after their visit to the EAP Fulbright Office at ECA and the regional posts or commissions involved.
The purpose of this program is to share the expertise of US Fulbright Scholars already in the region more widely. For instance, a Fulbright Scholar based in Vietnam might travel to Mongolia to lecture in social philosophy, as well as to hold discussions about collaborative research efforts; or a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia might travel to Samoa to conduct environmental sciences seminars and meet with emergency service personnel; or a Fulbright Scholar based in South Korea could be invited by the Post in Burma to participate in a three-day program related to Election Day in the U.S., including a roundtable with Burmese journalists on the role of the media in U.S. elections and a talk with students and members of civil society organizations about U.S. elections. Visiting US Fulbright Scholars may wish to use some of their free time for research, cultural or other personal activities. However, such activities should not be the primary purpose of their travel, nor should they represent more than a small portion of their time spent in another country (e.g., one or two days before or after the main, expertise-sharing/collaborative activities take place).
The duration of the visits should be between three days and two weeks. Whenever possible, receiving country commissions or posts should attempt to maximize the presence of visiting senior scholars by identifying additional venues for them. Commissions should alert their U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section colleagues to the scheduling of visiting Fulbright speakers, so that they, too, may contribute to programming ideas.
ECA reserves the right to limit the number of visits to and from any country and to limit the visits of any one scholar in order to ensure usage throughout the region. An individual scholar is not likely to receive more than two grants from the regional travel program in a given program year, although exceptions may be made.
How to Apply
US Fulbright Scholars in possession of a letter of invitation from a inviting institution in the country they plan to visit should contact their local Fulbright Commission or US Embassy post stating their wish to apply for travel funds. Fulbright Commissions or US Embassy posts should send requests for support to RTP@aminef.or.id to the attention of Ms. Astrid Lim, Senior Program Officer, or Mr. Rizqi Arifuddin, Associate Program Officer, AMINEF, ordinarily four weeks in advance of the projected visit. Requests can be submitted by the commission or post where the activities will take place (i.e., the receiving country), or by the commission or post in the country where the senior scholar is based. Fulbright Scholars may not submit requests directly to AMINEF without going through the posts/commissions.
US Fulbright Scholars may only apply for RTP funds when abroad during their Fulbright grant period.
Recipients of the US Fulbright Student awards, whether as researchers or English Teaching Assistants, are ineligible to apply for the RTP.
Regional Travel Program funds are primarily used to cover between-country travel (and not per diem or accommodation). Grantees will be reimbursed for the round-trip travel from their EAP base country to the destination country/countries by the most economical route. Regional Travel Program funds can also be used to cover in-country ground travel for a Fulbright Scholar from the arrival city to the city where the activities are taking place. Cost-sharing by receiving-country institutions and/or posts and commissions is highly desirable, but is not required in the event that the senior scholar assumes responsibility for his or her own accommodation and per diem costs.
Please note that reimbursement of travel expenses will occur within four weeks of the scholars’ submitting their travel report (see below) and proof of travel expenses incurred.
According to Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) policies, Fulbright scholars are not permitted to receive honoraria from either commissions or posts. However, “. . . any honoraria or other fees received abroad for special guest lectures or similar events during the grant period may be accepted by the grantee, subject to the concurrence of the sponsoring commission or post.” Although receiving institutions are not required to pay an honorarium to the Fulbright visitor, such support is welcomed and will be viewed as a contribution toward cost-sharing on the part of the receiving institution.
Scholars must present a report within 30 days after their visit to the EAP Fulbright Office at ECA and the regional posts or commissions involved. The report has two purposes. The first is to help US Fulbright Scholars reflect on the achievements of their visit, both in terms of research collaboration and of institutional partnership building, as part of their overall experience during their scholarship time in the East Asia & Pacific region. The second is to help the Fulbright Program assess the impact of this additional effort to enhance knowledge-sharing and regional cooperation in the East Asia Pacific.
The information contained in the report will be passed on by AMINEF to the EAP Fulbright Office at ECA.
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Please click here to download the zip folder containing the following forms
- Application Form
- Visit Form
- Reimbursement Form