2 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
There are up to 2 awards for U.S. graduate or PhD students to conduct a 10 month period of research in Laos.
Grantees have flexibility on their grant start dates depending on host affiliation agreement.
Grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation organized by ECA and IIE in the summer.
Master’s and Ph.D. students are preferred, but graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered. Applications are welcome in all fields of study. Candidate must be willing and able to work with a high degree of independence.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Knowledge of Lao is encouraged, but not required. Applicants without Lao language skills should include plans for language study in their Statements of Grant Purpose. Grantees without Lao language skills must study Lao concurrent with their research after arriving in Laos.
Fulbright Proposal Types
It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The U.S. Embassy will assist in facilitating the affiliations for candidates who have been officially awarded grants.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Candidates are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for Southeast Asia, including malaria prevention. As in all developing countries, grantees should not expect sophisticated equipment or apartments with American standards of comfort. Living conditions outside of urban areas tend to be harsh and without modern plumbing and electricity. Housing availability can be limited. Use of libraries can be hampered by short hours, closed stacks, and limited circulation.