Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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20 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

10 months (without Critical Language Enhancement Award); 9 months (with Critical Language Enhancement Award). The earliest grantees can start their grants is in September, contingent upon permits from the Indonesian government.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2018 as a condition of their grant.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must be mature, articulate, resourceful, flexible and have a feasible research proposal. They are highly encouraged to be in contact with an Indonesian host university prior to applying for the grant and should submit affiliation letters with their applications.

Candidates with only a bachelor's degree must be sure to submit well-thought-out and methodologically rigorous proposals and present a strong plan for using the future research results.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Proficiency in Indonesian is not a requirement for candidates, but it is preferred.  Applicants without language proficiency should include plans for language study in their Fulbright applications, and selected candidates should begin studying the language as soon as possible, since language proficiency will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

Candidates should plan to begin their language study in September and attend one of the institutions named below for a maximum of three months. Critical Language Enhancement Award grants must be completed in full before beginning the Fulbright study/research grant.  Applicants are responsible for indicating their preferred language institutions. Tailor-made programs can be developed upon request at some of the institutions listed below.

Approved Programs:

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation with an Indonesian university is required. Applicants should contact the Indonesian institutions with which they wish to collaborate and include affiliation letters in their applications. NGOs are not permitted by the Indonesian government to serve as affiliates. The Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) will provide assistance in establishing affiliations for candidates officially awarded Fulbright grants. The affiliating institution should be in the same location as the research site. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Candidates should discuss in advance with their host institutions about possible fees during their grant. They are also encouraged to seek additional funding to cover expenses not covered by their Fulbright research grant.


Applicants currently residing in Indonesia (or those who will be living there during the 2017-2018 academic year) are not eligible. 

Special Application Instructions

Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.

Geographical Restrictions

Please be advised that certain locations may be restricted according to Indonesian Government policy. For example, projects in Aceh, Papua, West Papua, parts of North Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi (Poso) are unlikely to receive government permission. Candidates must remain flexible with regard to affiliates and research sites.

Research Permit and Visa Requirements

A research permit is required from the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education to conduct research in Indonesia. Projects that are deemed sensitive by that ministry may be declined. AMINEF will assist grantees in securing the necessary permits and visas. Detailed procedures for obtaining a research permit will be communicated to grantees after selection. 

Important Information To Consider Before Applying

Before applying, all applicants should carefully review the information at the following website: http://www.aminef.or.id/grants-for-americans/information-consider/ 


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

American Program, AMINEF

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.


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. 



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.