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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

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Freeman Fellows Program

The Freeman Fellows program promotes dialogue between emerging leaders from America and Southeast Asia through reciprocal study tours focused on current issues in public policy. In 2005, a group of Freeman Fellows visited Singapore and received briefings by academics from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and also met with Singapore's President Mr. S R Nathan.

Luce Scholars Program

In partnership with the Luce Foundation, The Asia Foundation places young Americans in various Asian organizations for a sponsored work year in Asia, through the highly competitive Luce Scholars program. Since 1979, The Asia Foundation has placed 19 Americans in Singapore, in organizations such as the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), the Business Times, and the Ministry of Finance. This year, three young American Luce Scholars will be placed in Singapore – in the NUS Vice-President's Office, the LKY School, and the Singapore International Arbitration Council.

The Asia Foundation-Stanford APARC Fellowship

National Economic and Development Authority support for the Director of National Planning, to spend an academic year at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center researching the political economy of economic reform in selected Asian countries; Funding for an additional two months in The Asia Foundation's Korea office to focus on economic reform efforts in Korea and Korea's overseas development assistance efforts.

Trainings and Study Visits

The Asia Foundation and the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly sponsored three Director-level officials from the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Senior Management Program in June-July 2008. Three officials from the Afghanistan Government also attended the same program the previous year. In July 2008, a delegation of Vietnam officials from the Office of the National Assembly, the Office of the President, the Office of the Government, and the Office of the Party Central Committee visited Singapore to learn about the Singapore Government's processes of institutional reform, policy coordination, and personnel management and development.


Afghan University Student Exchange Program II (AUSEP II)

Providing administrative and logistical support to design and implement an intensive four-week professional English-language teaching training program at the Regional Institute of English (RIE) in Chandigarh, India. Participants include two separate groups of 25 fourth-year English majors and 2012 graduates from Afghan universities, as well as a university-affiliated leader for each group.

Total Expenditures: $401,678

Funding Sources:
United States Embassy, in Afghanistan

Afghan University Student Exchange Program III (AUSEP III)

Enhancing and broadening the professional skill sets of potential English-language instructors for Afghan universities. Developing cross-cultural understanding and exchange between Afghanistan, India, and the United States.

Total Expenditures: $10,268

Funding Sources:
United States Embassy, in Afghanistan

Afghan University Student Exchange Program in India (AUSEP)

Providing Afghan university English majors and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain intensive professional English-language teaching training in India, and preparing them for future careers as university English instructors in Afghanistan.

Total Expenditures: $1,184

Funding Sources:
United States Embassy, in Afghanistan

Asian Art Museum Directors' Forum

Funding provided for administration of the inaugural forum hosted by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for museum directors of Asian art from the United States and Asia to foster greater global awareness of Asian art and cultures while exploring models for collaboration and partnerships among the institutions.


Brayton F. Wilbur, Jr. Memorial Fellowship in Asian Art

Support for two directors from museums in Thailand and India to participate in the inaugural Asian Art Museum Directors Forum hosted by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to foster U.S. – Asian relations through greater understanding of Asian art and culture. Support also provided for two visitors to conduct research on holdings of the Asian Art Museum: a British Museum curator on narrative traditions in Indian and Southeast Asian art, and a curator of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, Mumbai, on Indian miniature paintings.


Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellows and Visiting Fellows Programs

This program honors the Foundation's late chair of the board and chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. In fiscal year 2012, two prominent Asian leaders were invited to the U.S. as Distinguished Visiting Fellows for public presentations and meetings with academics and other specialists: Mr. Cheng Siwei, a prominent Chinese economist and president of the International Finance Forum, Beijing; and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and CEO of BRAC, based in Bangladesh and the largest development NGO in the world. In addition, two accomplished mid-career Asian professionals Asia were invited to the U.S. as Visiting Fellows: a trade specialist from Afghanistan who examined trade promotion policies; and from Thailand, an academic and clinical specialist in forensic medicine practices in support of human rights.

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