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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.
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in applicant’s area of specialization. Teaching scholars should teach regular courses as well as conduct seminars or workshops, consult on curriculum, assist with program and faculty development and help develop innovative pedagogies. The teaching load is between two to four graduate or undergraduate courses per semester. Teaching schedules will be discussed between Fulbright scholars and their institutional hosts.
Teaching scholars are not allowed to conduct research, due to the limitations in their visa.
Most public and private universities throughout Indonesia, depending on teaching permit approval. Please be advised that certain locations may be restricted according to Indonesian Government policy. For instance, assignments in Aceh, Papua, West Papua, and Central Sulawesi (Poso) are unlikely to receive government permission.
Grants are six months long.
Teaching grants can only begin in second semester (February 2025) to coincide with the start of the Indonesian spring semester.
Scholars who plan to be accompanied by their school age children during the grant period must be flexible with the starting date of their grant, as that may not always coincide with the beginning of the academic year in Indonesia.
Additional funding will be available to scholars for academic-related travel (up to three trips) within Indonesia. 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.
Fulbright scholars are also encouraged to do engagement projects with their host institutions during their grants. Projects approved by the commission will receive funding.
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.
A letter of invitation is optional. Placement will be finalized through consultations with Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology. Based on the consultations, AMINEF will help to contact and determine suitable host institutions for selected candidates.
All teaching will be in English. Proficiency in Indonesian language is not required.
Academics must have a minimum of three years of university teaching experience.
Qualified professionals must have recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment in their field.
To teach in Indonesia, grantees have to obtain permits from several Indonesian government institutions, including a visa from Directorate General of Immigration. AMINEF will assist in the process of obtaining permit and visa, and grantees will also have to work with their host institution to prepare required documents and to apply for the visa.
More details on permit and visa procedures will be given to grantees after the selection.
$2,500 per month
$1,400 - $1,800 per month will be provided to Fulbright scholars to arrange their own housing.
Housing allowance varies depending on the number of accompanying dependents and location/city of the assignment
Roundtrip international travel arranged by AMINEF for the Fulbright scholar on a U.S. flag carrier in economy class only.
Travel for one accompanying dependent is also provided. The accompanying dependent must be present in Indonesia during the full grant period to qualify, due to complicated permit procedures. According to Indonesian immigration law only spouses with marriage certificates and children under 17 years qualify as dependents. To apply visa for a child, marriage certificate of the parents will also be required.
One time excess baggage allowance: $500
One time teaching/relocation allowance: $750
For Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards, AMINEF will reimburse scholars for dependent tuition up to a maximum of $5,000 per school-age child in grades K-12, for up to two children per family. In order to be reimbursed, receipts from the school(s) in Indonesia where the children are enrolled must be presented to AMINEF. This is a one-time reimbursement ONLY. Please note that while this amount may cover costs at many local Indonesian public and private schools, it may not cover the full tuition costs of many international schools. Any tuition above the one-time $5,000 allowance per dependent is the sole responsibility of the Fulbright scholar.
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.
For metro areas, especially larger cities in Java and Bali, the estimated cost of living per day (meals and transportation) is between $30-$50. The rental cost for apartment or housing is $500-$1,500 per month. As for the smaller cities, especially outside of Java and Bali, the estimated cost of living per day (meals and transportation) is between $20-$30. The rental cost for apartment or housing is $300-$700 per month.
$400-$500 per month will be provided for the Fulbright scholar's transportation allowance. Transportation allowance varies depending on the scholar's location/city of assignment.
One-time permit allowance of $350 to $500 for the Fulbright scholar. Additional permit allowance will be available for one dependent.
For Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards, scholars are encouraged to take advantage of a two-week intensive Indonesian language course in Indonesia during their grant period. AMINEF will assist in arranging this training and pay the training provider as well as transportation and accommodations if the training site is other than the scholar's teaching/research site.
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.
Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and third largest democracy. With more than 17,000 islands, this vast archipelago is rich in natural resources and possesses exceptional biodiversity. Its cultural diversity and heritage--with numerous ethnic groups and hundreds of local languages--matches its natural diversity. Since political reform begun in 1998, Indonesia has worked to strengthen its democratic governance, and as the largest economy in Southeast Asia, it is critical to regional stability.
Finding housing in Indonesia is perhaps not always easy, but many housing agencies can help scholars navigate this process. Host institutions also can assist since they know more about the local environment. Apartments are more common in larger cities, while in smaller cities, options range from rental homes, boarding and guest houses, and home stays.
Most cities now have online transportation service that can be accessed through apps, like Gojek and Grab. In large cities, buses, trains, and taxis are common and in most places, it is possible to hire a car and driver for longer journeys in and out of town.
For scholars who bring dependents, there are more options for International (English-language) schools in larger cities, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, and Denpasar.
For more information about living in Indonesia, please access this link.
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