15 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) provides grants for a 10-month individual research project, carried out as part of doctoral or master’s degree program, or for a non-degree research project.
To enhance grantees' Fulbright experience, Fulbright Commission in Indonesia also provides various enrichment activities. The Commission, for example, provides funding if Fulbright Student Researchers want to conduct a side project with their host institution. The Commission also provides travel funding for their grantees if they want to visit other institutions throughout the archipelago for scholarly activities such as leading workshops, presenting at conferences, or becoming speakers at seminars. Grantees will also be involved in various networking activities held by the Commission.
During their grants, Fulbright Student Researchers will also meet, live with, and learn from Indonesians, sharing daily experiences.
The grant is for a period of 10 months with the earliest start on September 1, 2024 and the latest on May 31, 2025.
Selected candidates will join virtual Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2024. They will also join in-country arrival orientation at the start of their grant.
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 institution (university, research center affiliated with university or Indonesian government) 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.
Candidates must have plans to jointly publish with their Indonesian counterparts the result of their research at accredited journal publications.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) may be contacted for online interviews.
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is a feature of the Fulbright US Student Program, which provides an opportunity for some selected candidates to receive three months of intensive study of Indonesian as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. After finishing their study, CLEA recipients are expected to achieve a high level of proficiency in Indonesian that may be beneficial for their Fulbright project and advance their future careers or study.
If awarded, selected candidates will spend 12 months of stay in Indonesia consisting of a three-month study with CLEA and nine-month research with the Fulbright Student Research grant.
Selected candidates can choose to study Indonesian in the following institutions:
- Wisma Bahasa, Yogyakarta
- Language Training Center, Setya Wacana Christian University (UKSW), Salatiga
- Alam Bahasa, Yogyakarta
- Indonesian for Foreign Students (BIPA), Malang State University (UM), Malang
CLEA will start at the earliest on September 1, 2024, and at the latest on May 31, 2025, after grantees have secured research permits and visa from the Indonesian government.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Affiliation with an Indonesian institution (i.e. private or state university; research center affiliated with Indonesian university or government) is required. Candidates should contact the Indonesian institutions with which they wish to collaborate and must include affiliation letters in their applications. Candidates should find affiliations that match their research projects and interests. AMINEF may ask selected candidates to change their affiliation if they are not related to their research. The affiliating institution should be in the same location as the research site. NGOs are not permitted by the Indonesian government to serve as affiliates.
The Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) can provide general advice on potential affiliates, which may include universities affiliated with former Fulbrighters. Candidates, however, should be responsible for securing their own affiliation letters.
Selected candidates will be required to arrange a Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding (MoA/U) between their home institutions and Indonesian host institutions. AMINEF will provide general advice on this document.
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.
Selected grantees must arrange housing at their sites on their own. They can seek advice and assistance from their Indonesian collaborators, counterparts, and contacts. Their host institutions normally have international office that assist foreign students and researchers identity housing options.
When requested, the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) can also connect selected grantees with Fulbright alumni to give housing advice.
Research Permit and Visa Requirements
Foreign researchers to Indonesia must seek an Ethical Clearance and/or Research Permit from the National Agency of Research and Innovation (BRIN) and Limited Stay Visa for Research Activities (C315) from the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration.
AMINEF will assist grantees in navigating the process to secure the necessary permits and visas. Detailed procedures for obtaining a research permit will be communicated to grantees after selection.
Grantees who plan to enter national parks/conservation areas must obtain an additional permit, called SIMAKSI, from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Entering more than one national park/conservation area will require longer permit processing time and incur more expenses. Other types of permits are also needed to export material samples, such as DNA samples. However, BRIN urges that foreign researchers conduct their analysis in Indonesia. Thus, exporting samples may not be feasible or allowed. Grantees must secure these additional permits on their own.
Upon finishing research, foreign researchers may also be asked to submit data collected from their field research in Indonesia to BRIN through an online research repository. Foreign researchers and their Indonesian collaborators are also expected to jointly publish the result of their research in an accredited international or national academic journal.