Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
July 2023 - September 2023 or December 2023 - February 2024
Award Length
3 months - 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach graduate courses, conduct research or do a combination of both. Grantees typically conduct seminars, talks, workshops, and other activities of professional interest. In addtition, they may assist with curriculum development, course assessment, program evaluation, quality assurance, and faculty professional development. Participants are also frequently invited to give guest lectures at other Malaysian universities.

Locations Detail

Public and private colleges and universities in Kuala Lumpur and throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak)

Award Length and Period

Three to 10 months. Grants are traditionally for either one semester (five months) or a full academic year (10 months), though applications proposing stays of at least three months will also be considered.

Grants should begin in August 2023 or January 2024. A start date within a month other than the preferred months of August 2023 or January 2024 may be possible.

Applicants should consider timeline for dependent visas when developing proposal as visa approval for dependents can involve a lengthy documentation process and is time consuming. MACEE recommends applicants planning to bring dependants under the PVP visa should plan for the visa process to take at least 6 months. Applicants with questions should contact MACEE at kalis@macee.org.my.

Areas of Interest

Preferred areas of specializations include: trade policy, education, democracy, global issues, economics, entrepreneurship and business, Islamic finance and banking, science and technology, environment/ecology, health, political studies, human rights, trafficking, journalism, media studies and cultural studies.

Applications are also welcome in the field of international relations with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and U.S. foreign policy interactions in the region.

Special Features

Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for 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, or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English.

Local language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required; teaching/research and research grant applicants must submit a language proficiency evaluation. Applicants without local language skills should explicitly address the issue in their discussion of the feasibility of the project in their project proposal.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. is preferred, but applicants with master's degrees will be considered. In addition to more senior scholars, the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange encourages applications from applicants who are earlier in their careers.

Additional Comments

Teaching applicants proposing a diverse range of potential courses will be more easily placed.

Scholars from community colleges and ethnic minority institutions are encouraged to apply.

Award Allowances

$2,054 per month, paid in local currency at prevailing exchange rate.

Additional dependents’ living allowance of $220-$410 per month, paid in local currency, depending on the number of accompanying dependents (up to two).

Housing provided by the host institution or a housing allowance of $500 per month will be provided.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

• Round-trip international travel arranged by Fulbright commission

• Dependent travel: $2,500 for one dependent

• Relocation: $1,020

• Excess baggage: $600

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Book allowance: $200 for books and educational materials to be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure

Additional Dependent Benefits

Up to $5,000 per child or $10,000 per family for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is reimbursed for a full academic year, upon submission of receipts. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Special Award Benefits

Each grant may include funding up to $1,000 (equivalent in local currency) for additional travel: one trip within Malaysia and one trip to another ASEAN country (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam). Each trip must have an academic focus, such as visiting an academic institution, and must include lectures or other academic programs. Each trip and academic program must be approved by the commission prior to travel. Commission staff can assist with contacts at other institutions and in other ASEAN countries.

Applicants planning to bring dependents to Malaysia should be aware that PVP visas may be delayed due to documentation and approvals requirement. Dependents can travel on 90-day visitors pass but this has implications on school enrolment and requires exiting and re-entering Malaysia every 90 days, as well as having an established return ticket to the U.S. Applicants with questions should contact MACEE at kalis@macee.org.my.


Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious federation of 13 states and three federal territories that boasts one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant economies. A confluence of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes co-exist in areas as disparate as sandy beaches, urban centers and tea plantations, though racial and religious divides persist.

Researchers and teachers in fields such as agriculture, forestry and tropical ecology, environmental studies, Southeast Asian history and society, media and information technology, cultural studies, public health and Islamic topics are highly sought.

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