Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Malaysia


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5 Open Study/Research Awards

Grant Period:

10 months


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Proficiency in Malay is not required. However, applicants proposing to do research requiring extensive contact with local populations and/or the study of Malay language texts must have a competence in Bahasa Malaysia. Projects involving extensive interviewing, especially in rural areas, will require more advanced language skills. 

Applicants without Malay language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright proposals and should study Malay concurrent with their research after arriving.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Candidates will affiliate with Malaysian universities. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The Fulbright Commission in Malaysia (MACEE) will assist with facilitating the affiliations for candidates who have been officially awarded grants.


Ineligibility:

Candidates currently residing in Malaysia (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.


Field of Study Considerations:

Applications are accepted in all fields.  Sensitive topics may include certain aspects of environmental management, race relations, and religion, but well-thought-out projects in these fields will be considered. If in doubt about a topic, applicants should contact the Fulbright Commission.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


100 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

10 months

Grants begin in early January 2018 with a mandatory orientation in Malaysia.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Applicants should be mature and articulate individuals who are prepared to operate in a challenging environment with living standards that are not as high as those in the U.S. or those in the major cities in Malaysia. Applicants must be willing to take on a rural placement, as that constitutes the great majority of placements.  Applicants must be able and willing to drive during their grant periods.  Candidates must be native English-speakers and need to be self-motivated, adventurous, flexible, independent, outgoing, and must enjoy working with children. Applicants from all majors are welcome.  Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.  

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: ETAs will be given training in basic Malay during the orientation in Malaysia. In line with the program's objectives, English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) are expected to speak only English in their assigned schools.


Placement Type:

Most ETA placements will be outside of major cities, in locations ranging from remote or rural areas to small cities. Many placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning, hot water, gyms, and Western groceries. All ETAs will have access to internet connectivity. Grantees will be assigned to secondary schools throughout East and West Malaysia. Candidates must be willing to adapt to local living conditions.  Because of the rural nature of placements, ETAs must be able and willing to drive while in Malaysia.


Ineligibility:

Candidates currently residing in Malaysia (or those who will be living there during the 2016-2017 academic year) will not be considered.


Nature of Assignment:

Approximately 20 hours per week will be spent in the classroom assisting English teachers and leading English activities. An additional 5-10 hours will be devoted to participating in or leading school-related activities, clubs, teams, etc. Applications should highlight the applicant’s talents/experience in coaching sports, music, theatre, art, and other skills that could be useful for engaging students both in and out of the classroom.


Housing:

Accommodations will be made for grantees with the assistance of the Fulbright Commission and the host state governments. Grantees should expect simple but adequate Malaysian accommodation which may not be of U.S. standards.  Most ETAs will be housed in shared apartments or houses, while some will be in staff quarters of residential (boarding) schools.


Independent Research:

No research or independent study is required. ETA awards are not study/research awards, and teaching takes most of the grantee’s time. In applying, the Statement of Grant Purpose should focus on why the applicant wishes to teach English in Malaysia, how being an ETA has some relevance to what they have done so far and what they would like to do in the future.


Special Considerations:

Local attitudes toward gender, race, and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.