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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


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15 Open Study/Research Awards

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

10 Months

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

There will be virtual pre-departure orientation sessions during Summer 2021.

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 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

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.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


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 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. 

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 2020-2021 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.

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. 

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.

Geographical Restrictions

Please be advised that certain locations may be off-limits for research due to Indonesian government 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 Indonesian government policies. Candidates should expect to be flexible with regard to affiliates and research sites.

Research Publication

As required by the Indonesian government, selected candidates and their Indonesian counterparts must 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. 


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

American Program, AMINEF