The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s most prestigious academic exchange program. Established in the United States in 1946, the program aims to strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and other nations by funding a variety of educational exchanges.
Since 1952, the Fulbright Program has awarded grants for both Indonesian and American students and scholars. It has awarded grants for more than 2,400 Indonesian students and scholars to teach or study in in the U.S., and for more than 850 Americans to teach or conduct research in Indonesia.
As the Fulbright Program in the archipelago grows exponentially, the U.S. and the Indonesian Government then established the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) in 1992. This non-profit bi-national foundation functions to specifically administer the Core Fulbright and other U.S. Government-funded scholarship programs in Indonesia.
AMINEF in 2014 funded 102 Indonesians to pursue either Master or Doctoral Degree under the Fulbright Student Program. The foundation also funded 9 Fulbright Senior Scholars to conduct research or teach in American universities. It also awarded fellowships for 10 Indonesians to assist Bahasa Indonesia teaching at leading U.S. colleges and universities under the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. In addition, two Indonesian scholars were awarded fellowships to teach at a two U.S. institutions for one year under the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (SIR) Program, while 1 fellowship was awarded to Indonesian who conducted a research on issue related with U.S. – ASEAN relationship through the Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative program.
In the same year, AMINEF awarded 13 fellowships for U.S. students to conduct research in Indonesia, still under the Fulbright Student Program. The Foundation also brought 35 recent U.S. college graduates to assist English teaching at various Indonesian secondary schools throughout Indonesia under the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program. The ETAs served as a resource for faculty members and students in the field of English and American culture at their sites. Besides, AMINEF funded 10 Fulbright Senior Scholars to conduct research or teach at Indonesian universities.
Besides the aforementioned core Fulbright Programs, AMINEF also administers other programs, for example the Fulbright–DIKTI (Directorate of Higher Education) program that is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia, which provides grants exclusively to permanent university teachers.
AMINEF also administers the Fulbright-Indonesia Research in Science and Technology (FIRST) program that offers grants for Indonesian and American researchers, teachers and scholars who address issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The FIRST program is the implementation of the Higher Education Partnership (HEP) which was signed by Presidents Barrack Obama and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2010 which aims to build a closer bilateral relationship of the two countries through people-to-people exchange. The FIRST program, however, will be available only until the 2015 Fiscal Year.
The HEP significantly improved the number of Fulbright grants awarded for both Indonesians and Americans who want to study, teach or conduct research in the two countries.
For more information on the programs, please refer to the following links: