Exchange Opportunities for Malaysians!

Applications are now being accepted for the following programs, funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State:

FY 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholar Program provides opportunities for university faculty, foreign ministry or other government officials, and professionals in private sector think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN countries, to research issues of priority to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship. Selected visiting scholars will travel to the United States during the spring semester of 2021, (January to May).

Application deadline: December 13, 2019

2020-2021 Fulbright Malaysian Professional Exchange Program

The Fulbright Malaysian Professional Exchange Program provides opportunities for mid-career Malaysian professionals in the public or private sectors to broaden their experience through research, lecturing and other professional enrichment programs. These grants are meant for practitioners rather than scholars. Administrators, managers of organizations or associations, journalists, doctors, and lawyers are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

2020-2021 Fulbright Malaysian Scholar Program

The Fulbright Malaysian Scholar Program provides opportunities for Malaysian academics to develop or update their research through interaction with distinguished counterparts in the United States. While these grants are typically research focused, applicants who are willing to add a lecturing component to their proposals are particularly encouraged to apply. All grantees will be asked to develop strategies for sharing Malaysian culture with social, civic, and other groups while in the United States.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

2020 YSEALI Seeds For the Future

YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and Southeast Asia.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

2020 Spring YSEALI Academic Fellowship

The YSEALI Academic Fellows Program brings undergraduates or recently graduated students between 18-25 years old to the United States for a five-week institute held on the campus of a U.S. college or university. Held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, the institutes include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers.

Civic Engagement
Hosted by the University of Nebraska & Omaha and Arizona State University
March 14-April 18, 2020

Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment
Hosted by the University of Connecticut and Brown University
March 21-April 24, 2020

Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management
Hosted by the University of Montana and East-West Center
March 25-April 29, 2020

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

2020 Spring YSEALI Professional Fellowship

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program provides emerging leaders ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, including four weeks working directly with American counterparts in individually tailored work placements with relevant private and/or public sector organizations. During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks.

Theme: Civic Engagement
Implementing Partner: University of Montana
April 22 – May 29, 2020
Application Dateline: November 1, 2019

Theme: Economic Empowerment
Implementing Partner: American Councils
April 20 – May 29, 2020

Application Dateline: November 1, 2019
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Theme: Governance and Society
Implementing Partner: American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
April 18 – May 29, 2020

Application Dateline: November 1, 2019
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Theme: Sustainable Development and the Environment
Implementing Partner: International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
April 21 – May 30, 2020

Application Dateline: November 1, 2019
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Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month professional development fellowship, provides a unique opportunity to improve leadership and management skills through online coursework, face-to-face training, and hands-on experience. Community Solutions offers passionate leaders the chance to join a global network of local leaders working to improve their communities.

Application DatesSeptember 18  – October 30, 2019