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Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program (USAS)


The regional competition Program offers grants to professionals from public and private universities/institutions in Thailand to do research or engage in special academic-related projects on ASEAN or the U.S.- ASEAN relationship in the United States for 3-4 months.

The letter of invitation is optional at the time of application, yet applicants are encouraged to explore in advance the most appropriate location for their research/lecturing projects and should be able to indicate that the proposed host institutions are prepared to receive the scholars.

Eligible applicants submit their applications to Fulbright Thailand. Up to two candidates will be nominated to the regional competition for final approval, which will be made by the U.S.-ASEAN Commission in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ten candidates will be selected from 10 ASEAN countries.

The grant covers a monthly stipend, a round-trip air ticket, professional and settling-in allowance, as well as lab and research fees (if applicable). Dependent expenses are not covered.



Mid-June to mid-September



  1. Be a Thai citizen in good health, under the age of 58 at the time of application deadline;
  2. Hold a master’s degree or higher in any field;
  3. Must not have held a Fulbright grant within the past 5 years;
  4. Must not have received a J-1 visa within the past two years.



  1. Hold U.S. immigrant visas or permanent U.S. resident cards (green cards), or dual (Thai and U.S.) citizenships;
  2. Have had extensive experience in the United States during the previous three years;
  3. Have held a Fulbright grant within the past five years;
  4. Have received a J-1 visa within the past two years.



  1. Complete application form;
  2. Research proposal (3-5 pages);
  3. Biographical essay (1-2 pages) that describes your personality traits, passion, goals, and relevance of your work in a narrative writing style;
  4. Transcripts of master and/or doctoral degrees;
  5. CV/Resume;
  6. Written confirmation (Letter of Invitation) from your host university/institution in the U.S. (optional at the time of application);
  7. Three letters of recommendation. These can be obtained from your supervisors or employers in Thailand, or your host professors/supervisors in the U.S. If submitting hard copies, the letters must be sealed and signed by the recommenders, and included in the packet of your application. If submitting online, the recommenders must e-mail them directly to



  1. Be physically present in Bangkok at the time of interview;
  2. Participate in preliminary orientation during mid-February and pre-departure orientation during the second week of June;
  3. Be willing and able to serve as a recourse person and a cultural ambassador in the United States in seminars, conferences, or in other capacities requested by the host institution or community;
  4. Be prepared to participate in academic and alumni activities related to the program upon return to Thailand.