East Asia and the Pacific

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Jonathan Liljeblad, 2014-15 U.S. Scholar to Burma with his Political Science students



Continue your scholarly journey to the East Asia and the Pacific Region—a region considered to be the world’s growth engine in economics, politics and culture—with the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.  With over 50 award offerings and close to 150 grants available to 17 countries in the EAP region, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers a variety of support for American faculty, researchers and professionals at every stage of their career. Applications in all disciplines are endorsed and flexible grant options are supported in the EAP region, including short-term Specialist grants and Flex grants  (short-term, segmented research grants).



Quotes from Scholars

2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Cambodia, Karen Reed, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida, College of Nursing.
Brenda Zlamany, 2012-13 U.S. Scholar to Taiwan describing her artwork MOCA Gallery

China (Mariela Alfonzo, Urban Planning, Reserach, 2013-2014)
"It's such an enriching experience - to live abroad in a place that puts you totally out of your element, that constantly presents you with previously unconceivable challenges, that makes you reshape your assumptions, all while getting to conduct meaningful, impactful research that you never would have been able to do otherwise - it's just SUCH a privilege, and one that I certainly did not take lightly nor did I take it for granted. I also gained deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese people, of China, that will forever influence me both personally and professionally."

Taiwan (Philip Brown, Non-U.S. History, Reserach, 2013-2014)
"That said, this experience reinforced for me the value of being on site and available to gather information not only through research, but also from direct observation, experience and casual conversation. While there are some elements of Taiwan's society, politics and culture that I may have grasped intellectually, direct exposure provides a more vivid, forceful impression, and I have a better sense of the range of emotional responses of people in Taiwan, not only to my subject, but to Taiwan's current position in the world. This contact has provided a better understanding, one that encompasses a range of attitudes, of attitudes toward Taiwan's history, its relationship with the PRC, Japan and the United States. This will allow me to situate my work, and the material I present in classes with a greater degree of confidence in my judgment and the accuracy of my understandings."

Vietnam (Calvin Mackenzie, Political Science, Teaching, 2011-2012)
"In so many ways, this was the best six months of my life. It was enormously stimulating, often astonishing. The cultural differences between the United States and Vietnam were ever evident, yet constantly revealed in new ways. Vietnam fills up one's senses. It is noisy, chaotic, occasionally dangerous, but always full of energy and stimulation. The Fulbright program gave me abundant opportunities to explain America--and, in my case, American government and politics--to Vietnamese people and Vietnamese audiences at conferences, universities, and even the National Assembly... I will return to my 38th year of college teaching in America with a broadened knowledge of the world in which we live, a deepened commitment to mutual understanding among nations, and a deeply revitalized sense of the value of the academic enterprise. In all of those ways, my Fulbright experience was priceless."

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in East Asia and the Pacific can be found in the Scholar Directory.


Examples of Successful Projects


Karen Reed, 2013-14 U.S. Scholar to Cambodia with her Nursing students

Post-Digital Collaborative Print: History With a Future
TAIWAN, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei

Supporting the Development of Cambodian Nursing Education
CAMBODIA, Ministry of Health, Kampot Regional Training Centre, Kampot

Academic Staff in Malaysia: Individual and Institutional Responses to a Changing Workplace
MALAYSIA, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang

Exercise Physiology and Pathophysiology in Mongolian Adults
MONGOLIA, Health Sciences University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in East Asia and the Pacific can be found in the Scholar Directory.




CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

  • Presentation and Workshop Schedule - CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check the schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at outreach@iie.org.


Helpful Links


The Fulbright Specialist Program also offers short-term grants ranging from two to six weeks that focus on addressing the needs of host institutions in various countries across the region. 



Contact Us


To learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities in the East Asia Pacific region, please contact eastasiapacific@iie.org.


Regional staff listed in the Catalog of Awards