15 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
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. Fulbright Student Researchers may be asked to participate in seminars or workshops focused on their research, or in their field of study, or related topics that may be of interest to their host institutions. 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, 2022 and the latest on May 31, 2023
Selected candidates will join virtual Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2022. 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 affilated 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.
Accepted Degree Levels
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 three-month study with CLEA and nine-month research with Fulbright Student Research grant.
Selected candidates can choose to study Indonesian in the following institutions:
Fulbright Proposal Types
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 affiliation that match their research project and interests. AMINEF may ask selected candidates to change their affiliation if they are not related to their research.
NGOs are not permitted by the Indonesian government to serve as affiliates. The affiliating institution should be in the same location as the research site.
The Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) can provide general advice on potentional 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 Letter or Memorandum of Agreement (LoA/MoA) between their home institutions and Indonesian host institutions. The LoA/MoA should stipulate the research collaboration activities between them. 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.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
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.
Research Permit and Visa Requirements
A research permit is required from the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency of Research and Innovation (RISTEK/BRIN) to conduct research in Indonesia. Projects that are deemed sensitive by the 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.
Grantees who plan to enter national parks/conservation areas must obtain an additional permit 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. Exporting material samples, such as DNA samples, may also not be feasible or allowed. Grantees must secure these additional permits on their own.
Please be advised that certain locations may be off-limits for research due to Indonesian government policies (see "Research Permit and Visa Requirements"). For example, projects in Aceh, Papua, West Papua, parts of North Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi (Poso) may not be able to receive government research permission, depending on prevailing political conditions or Indonesian government policies. Candidates should expect to be flexible with regard to affiliates and research sites.
As required by the Indonesian government, selected candidates and their Indonesian counterparts must jointly publish the result of their research in academic journals.
Important Information To Consider Before Applying
Before applying, all applicants should carefully review the information on AMINEF website.
Additional Grant Benefit
Additional funding will be available to selected candidates for academic-related travel (up to three trips) within Indonesia. Each trip must have an academic or collaborative focus. Each trip must be approved by the Fulbright Commission in Indonesia (AMINEF) prior to travel. Commission staff can assist with contacts at other institutions.
Selected candidates are also encouraged to conduct Engagement Project with their host institutions during their grant. Projects approved by the commission will receive funding.