5 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-10 Months
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious federation of 13 states and three federal territories that boasts one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant economies. A confluence of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes co-exist in areas as disparate as sandy beaches, urban centers, and tea plantations, though racial and religious divides persist.
Researchers and teachers in fields such as agriculture, forestry, and tropical ecology, environmental studies, Southeast Asian history, and society, media and information technology, cultural studies, public health, and Islamic topics are highly sought. Different cultures, languages, and realities offer innumerable opportunities for research and study.
Applicants should be able to share the diversity of the United States and have good intercultural skills and communication skills, and be adaptable to new environments. Well–defined projects with clear objectives and a clear work plan are appreciated.
The grant is for a period of 6-10 months with the earliest start on September 1, 2024 and end the latest on June 30, 2025.
The Commission is seeking applicants who:
1. Demonstrate leadership experience, attributes, and, or potential.
2. Outline a strong rationale and feasible methodology for pursuing their project in Malaysia that indicates how a Fulbright grant to Malaysia fits into their longer-term goals.
3. Demonstrate the benefit of becoming a Fulbrighter; to themselves (personally and professionally), to their discipline, to society, to Malaysia, to the Fulbright Program / Commission, and to the U.S. when they return.
4. Extend themselves beyond their project/studies to become actively involved in Malaysian society and the work of the Fulbright Commission.
5. The Commission is keen to support projects that bring awardees into contact with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly outside of academia, to maximize their academic/cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the Fulbright Program in Malaysia.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in Malaysia.
Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Malaysia (MACEE) may be contacted for online interviews.
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter required for independent study or research at the deadline.
Candidates are responsible for establishing contact and securing an affiliation with a Malaysian institution of higher education or research organization.
The Fulbright Commission in Malaysia (MACEE) will assist with facilitating the affiliations for candidates who have been officially awarded grants.
Research candidates must secure affiliation at the time of application and include a letter of invitation from the proposed host with the application.
Submit the "Commitment to Host a Fulbright Research Student" form with the Fulbright grant application. The form needs to be filled in and signed by your host.
In advance, candidates should discuss potential fees with their host institutions, such as lab fees, transportation, and equipment costs for research needs. Additional funding is grantee responsibility.
Selected grantees must arrange housing at their sites on their own. They can seek advice and assistance from their Malaysian collaborators, counterparts, and contacts. The host institutions normally have an international office that assists foreign students and researchers to identity housing options.
When requested, MACEE can also connect selected grantees with Fulbright alumni to give housing advice.
Research Permit And Visa Requirements
The Fulbright Commission in Malaysia (MACEE) 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.
APPLICATION TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
All researchers intending to conduct research in Malaysia must obtain prior written approval from the Government of Malaysia. Detailed information on the rules of application to conduct research in Malaysia may be obtained from Economic Planning Unit at https://www.epu.gov.my/en/resources/guidelines-and-procedures/undertaking-research-malaysia
APPLICATION TO CONDUCT RESEARCH SABAH, EAST MALAYSIA
All researchers intending to conduct biological/biodiversity research in Sabah, Malaysia must obtain prior written approval from the Government of Sabah. Detailed information on the rules of application may be obtained from Sabah Biodiversity Center at hhttps://sabc.sabah.gov.my/quick-info-roles#anchor-researcher
APPLICATION TO CONDUCT RESEARCH SARAWAK, EAST MALAYSIA
All researchers intending to conduct biological/biodiversity research in Sarawak, Malaysia must obtain prior written approval from the Government of Sarawak. Detailed information on the rules of application may be obtained from the Sarawak Biodiversity Center https://www.sbc.org.my/research-regulations-permit/research-regulations
U.S. Department of State - Malaysia
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)
Click on the social media links below to learn more about MACEE Fulbright Malaysia
Economic Planning Unit:
Sarawak Online Research Application System (SORAS)
Sabah Biodiversity Center Official Website