East Asia and the Pacific

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Edmund Kellerman, a Fulbright Scholar in the field of communications, discusses his Fulbright teaching and research experience in Malaysia, 2015.



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. 





Victoria Myers, 2013-14 U.S. Scholar to Australia at Flinders University

Australia: Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Award #7078 (The Australian National University)
Promote collaborative research between faculty in Australia and the United States in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the Australian National University (ANU).

China: China Studies Postdoctoral Scholar Award - Award #7088
Explore new avenues for professional development in China studies of political, social, and cultural developments.

Cross-Strait Studies Region: Cross-Strait Studies Research Program - Award #7095
Examine the shared history and economic landscape present in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Research from both sides of the Strait to gain different perspectives on common issues both past and present.

Korea: United States-Korea Alliance Studies - Award #7110 (Standard) | Award #7111 (Postdoctoral)
Collaborate with Korean counterparts on U.S.-Korean foreign policy, history, global governance, law and economic matters. Award #7110 will support one or two semesters of teaching or four to ten months of research. Award #7111 will support three to nine months of research at a public, national, or private academic institution in Korea.

Malaysia: Fulbright-MCMC Award for Communications and Multimedia Studies - Award #7114
Conduct research and/or teach university courses in fields related to communications and multimedia. These include--but are not limited to--cloud computing, big data analysis, cyber security, wireless and optical networking and CGI.

Philippines: Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award: Study of the United States - Award #7119
Lecture on American business practices, economic policy and foreign policy at various institutions in Manila, Luzon and Visayas for 2-3 weeks.

Southeast Asian Region: ASEAN Research Program – Award #7094
Conduct collaborative research in the area of specialization on an issue of priority to ASEAN or to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship in one to three ASEAN countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam for three to six months in a single period of residence abroad.

Taiwan: Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Award #7128
Teach courses in TEFL and conduct training programs for senior English studies students, junior-level U.S. English teachers in elementary and/or junior schools, and faculty.



Quotes from Scholars


Michael Goldberg, a Fulbright Scholar in the field of entrepreneurial finance, discusses his family's Fulbright experience living in Vietnam.

Australia (Research, 2014-15)
"My Fulbright has not only introduced me to a wonderfully welcoming and constantly surprising country, but it has given me—and my young family—a chance to adapt and grow in lots of ways. I’ve been taken out of my comfort zone into an academic world that does not, by first instinct, quantify and test every aspect of political behavior. This has challenged me—in public lectures and over lunch with colleagues—to articulate why I study politics the way that I do and to take other approaches very seriously. I have also seen different ways to run universities and to create incentives for scholarly productivity, giving me a sense of what I appreciate in my home university and what might bear changing.

My advice to prospective applicants would simply be to think hard about how throwing yourself entirely into your host university and country for five months can broaden you far more than any five years that you spend at your home university. Instead of doing the things we normally do to check off boxes on our CVs, plan to spend your precious time doing all of the things you can only do in Australia to get the most from the experience…so much of what I learned here simply came from the social and intellectual interactions with a nation of people who are always up for a good chat."

Cambodia (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"I believe that beyond affecting my teaching philosophy and techniques, one significant and intangible impact has been my increased understanding of my own cultural values and biases. Additionally, the experience has helped me to acquire a unique set of skills to navigate effectively, humanely and positively across different cultures. The experience reminded me to be more respectful of other cultures and political and economic systems, and willing to take a stand for the world’s welfare, not just what benefits a specific country."

Hong Kong (Research, 2013-14)
"As my main mission as a Fulbright Scholar was to conduct research in Hong Kong, I have indeed garnered valuable data for my research and deepened my knowledge concerning various educational issues there…Furthermore, by observing teaching and learning in local kindergarten classrooms in Hong Kong, I was able to witness pedagogical practices in action."

Korea (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"This year has been an unparalleled opportunity to deepen my cultural and linguistic understanding of Korea. As those of us in anthropology know, “culture” is a lived practice, and no amount of textual and/or media study can substitute for learning about a place and a people “on the ground.” Many of the insights I’ve had over the course of the year (and perhaps all of them) would not have been possible through a short trip. Instead, I needed to be here for the entire year: to live through a cycle of activity and practice, including seasons, holidays, etc. Having my family with me was also an important part of this. When you have children, you see and experience parts of the life-course that would not have been visible without them. For many Koreans, the most important thing in life is the education of one’s children, and this has been an important understanding for all of my research. When we go somewhere as a family, I can see Korea through their eyes as well as through my own, and this has deepened my understanding in ways that I am only beginning to appreciate."

Macao (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"[My Fulbright grant] was one of the richest experiences of my life, both with respect to research and lectures, as well as the cultural experiences I was exposed to…The most compelling impact was witnessing the cultural changes that are occurring there, with the advent of the casino industry in tension with the 500+ years of intercultural exchange between Europeans and Chinese. It is a rich, fascinating, different set of cultures that I found to be continually engaging and interesting."

  • 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

Responding to Climate Change through Securitization of Australian Clean Energy Loans
AUSTRALIA, University of New South Wales, New South Wales

The Politics of Intergovernmental Cooperation in Australia and the United States
AUSTRALIA, Flinders University of South Australia, New South Wales

Optimizing Digital Medical Information: Effective Search Strategies and Best Information Management for Sound Scientific Writing
CHINA, Sichuan University, Chengdu

The State of Place in China: Best Practices and Policies for Sustainable, Livable and Healthy Urban Development in Chinese Cities
CHINA, East China Normal University, Shanghai

Digital Documentation of Folk Tales of the Baduy, a People of Indonesia
INDONESIA, Indonesia University of Education, Bandung

Cultural Factors Influencing Continuity of Care Among HIV Positive Men Leaving Prisons in West Java, Indonesia: A Rapid Qualitative Assessment
INDONESIA, University of Indonesia, Jakarta

Phoenix Rising: Recovery From the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crises
JAPAN, University of Tokyo, Tokyo

Greening the Glass Ceiling: Investigating Institutions and Individuals Shaping Malaysian Women’'s Shariah Expertise as Global Islamic Financial Expertise
MALAYSIA, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Martial Law Melodrama: Lino Brocka and the Cinema of Authoritarianism
PHILIPPINES, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila

Bridge Scour Monitoring and Modeling for Next-Generation Resilient Structures
TAIWAN, National Taiwan University, Taipei

Electoral Dynamics in Thailand: Parties, Patronage and Public Goods
THAILAND, Thammasat University, Bangkok

Feminism and Post-Colonial Intersectionality in the Arts
VIETNAM, Vietnam National University, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City

  • 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.

  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright Flex Awards (March 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - New Opportunities in East Asia and the Pacific (April 14, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright and Administrators (April 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Teaching/Research Opportunities Through Fulbright (May 18, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Global Hidden Gems (June 01, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - How to Craft a Project Statement (June 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Virtual Advising: East Asia and the Pacific (June 21, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright Guide: Dissecting the Catalog (June 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright: The Final Frontier (June 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Arvhive - Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package (July 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package (July 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • 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.
  • 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