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. 


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.

  • 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.


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


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