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20 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
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

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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. Candidates 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 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.

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.


Candidates currently residing in Indonesia (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 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 off-limits for research due to Government of Indonesia (GOI) policies (see "Research Permit and Visa Requirements" below). 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 GOI policies. Candidates should expect to be flexible with regard to affiliates and research sites.

Research Permit and Visa Requirements

A research permit is required from the Indonesian 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.

The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education may also require grantees to provide a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between their Indonesian host and home institutions in their research permit application. 

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.

Important Information To Consider Before Applying

Before applying, all applicants should carefully review the information at the following website: 


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

American Program, AMINEF