The Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year from Bruneians and other ASEAN citizens until 1 December 2021.

The programme is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, or professionals in the private sector, think tanks and other NGOs whose work focuses on US-ASEAN issues.

Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment and must be citizens of one of the 10 ASEAN Member States.

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Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.

Moreover, applicants must also be residing in an ASEAN Member State throughout the nomination and selection process.

The Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN scholarship offers round-trip economy class airfare to the United States, a monthly stipend, and financial support for lab and research fees.

Under the programme, selected Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months in the first half of 2023 to carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship and ASEAN.

They are also expected to return to an ASEAN country upon completion of the programme, said the US Embassy Brunei Darussalam in a statement.

Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. Image: Shutterstock

The Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program was previously launched in 2012 which aims to deepen people-to-people engagement and strengthen ties between the United States and the 10 member nations of ASEAN.

To date, more than 100 scholars from all ASEAN member states – eight of them from Brunei Darussalam – have been awarded scholarships to pursue studies focused on a wide range of subjects.

The subjects include public health and pandemic response, jurisdictional issues in the South China Sea, engagement across the Indo-Pacific region, ASEAN economic integration, human trafficking, and food safety.

Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the U.S. Embassy website at bn.usembassy.gov or email EmbassyBruneiPAS@state.gov for more details on eligibility requirements, award terms and the application process.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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