Research Collaboration

AUA Scholars Award Program

In 2018, AUA launched the AUA Scholars Award Program (AUASAP), a flagship project aimed at boosting international research linkages and academic advancements. By facilitating AUA members to host scholars from other member universities for a duration of two weeks, the AUASAP provides a steadfast platform for meaningful academic exchanges and synergy between the 15 AUA members.

The AUASAP has allowed AUA member universities to conduct comprehensive research activities, establish academic cooperation and enable visiting scholars to participate in a range of activities, from offering courses and delivering lectures to conducting research and field study. While AUA greatly emphasizes the need for academic exchanges and knowledge transfer among Asia’s leading universities, increased learning of Asia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage is also an important part of the shared experience. AUA Scholars serve as cultural ambassadors for AUA’s long term vision of promoting academic exchanges and mutual understanding.

How to apply

Please download thApplication Guidelines for AUA Scholars Award Program 2023-2024 and read it before making an application.

1. General Information

a)   Applicants who are selected to AUASAP are known as AUA Scholars.

b)  60 applicants will be awarded AUA Scholars in the year 2023-2024.

c)  An AUA Scholar is required to complete an academic visit at an AUA member university for a minimum of 10 working days in 2024.

d)  AUA provides a grant of 2,500 USD to each AUA Scholar.

2. Benefits to AUA Scholars

a)    AUA Scholars will have the opportunity to broaden research horizons and establish international academic links with their overseas peers.

b)  AUA Scholars will have the opportunity to advance their research through access to needed facilities, unique data, or renowned scholars.

c)  AUA Scholars will gain international experience in teaching and research in a different academic environment.

d)  AUA Scholars will receive a grant of 2,500 USD (including tax and bank charges generated from the recipient’s side) and a certificate after the visit.

3. Eligibility of AUA Scholars

This award is open to scholars who meet the following requirements.

a)   Applicants must be employed as full-time faculty members or researchers of an AUA member university. This program is open to scholars of all disciplines and research areas. Scholars who were selected to the AUA Scholars Award Program 2020-2021 are NOT eligible to apply this time.

b)  Applicants shall have a detailed plan for the academic visit, including identifying the purposes of the visit, the dates of the visit, the host professor, and having a general schedule of academic activities, etc.

c)  An applicant is expected to find a host professor by themselves. The host professor must be a professor or a researcher employed by an AUA member university.

d)  All academic visits are required to be scheduled between 1 January and 31 December 2024, i.e., the first day of the visit is no earlier than 1 January 2024 and the last day of the visit is no later than 31 December 2024.

e)  The academic visit shall be no shorter than 10 working days. Kindly note: 1) A working day means a weekday on which at least one academic activity is scheduled; 2)  Weekends or public holidays are not considered as working days even if academic activities are scheduled on them; 3)  Flight arrival or departure days are not considered as working days.

f)  Applicants may plan activities like giving lectures or academic talks, meeting professors or students, attending courses or academic conferences, doing experiments, etc. during the visit. The academic activities scheduled for working days should take place at the host university. The whole academic visit plan shall be approved by the host professor.

4. Application Submission

To apply for AUASAP, applicants need to 1) fill in the online application form and 2) submit the following materials in the online application system ( by 24:00 (UTC+8) of 15 Oct (Sun) 2023after which the application system will be closed.

a)   A scanned copy of the application form, which is generated by the online application system. The form should be signed by both the applicant and the host professor.

b)  A most updated curriculum vitae of the applicant.

c)  A scanned copy of an employment certification of the applicant issued by the applicant’s home university. The employment certification shall be signed, dated and stamped. Kindly note the certification shall indicate that the applicant’s home university or department is aware of, and agrees with the applicant's plan to travel overseas for an academic visit within the time period specified in the application form.

All application materials shall be written in English and follow the formats below for file names.


Naming Format


Application Form

Name_Application Form

Ivy Yong_Application   Form.pdf

Curriculum Vitae


Ivy Yong_CV.pdf

Certification of   Employment


Ivy Yong_Employment.pdf

5. Contact

Interested applicants may contact the AUA Secretariat at if having any questions about the program or encountering any technical issues when applying for AUASAP.

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AUASAP Reports


Dr. Dina Azhgaliyeva

Home Uni: National University of Singapore (Energy Studies Institute)

Host: Prof.Zhumabay Bakenov

Host Uni: Nazarbayev University (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

Date of Visit: 16-29 Jun 2019

“I benefited from visiting NU’s National Laboratory of Astana by learning about new innovations in energy storage. I accessed data at the NU library which I did not have access to at my institution. Together with NU post-doctoral researchers and an NU faculty member, we produced an outline, collected data and identified a target journal and time frames for two papers. I also discussed about collaborative research grants with two NU schools. One grant proposes the establishment of an international interdisciplinary research centre at NU in collaboration with NUS and other institutions.”

Assoc. Prof. Jung-Hwa Ha

Home Uni: Seoul National University (Dept. of Social Welfare)

Host: Assoc. Prof. Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan

Host Uni: National University of Singapore (Center for Family and Population Research)

Date of Visit: 8-22 Jan 2020

“The main project that I worked on during my visit was the cross-national comparison research on the impact of childlessness in five Asian countries (Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar). I presented my work on the reciprocal relationship between social support and health using US data and another work on cognitive decline and social participation using Korean data. I received many invaluable comments from so many people and I really appreciated them.”

Prof. Eric Nelson

Home Uni: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Dept. of Humanities - Philosophy)

Host: Prof. Siby K. George

Host Uni: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Date of Visit: 6-17 Jan 2020

“I had extensive discussions with my host Prof. George, another faculty member and with three postgraduate students about continental European philosophy, and discussed the dissertation projects of the latter. I delivered three lectures that covered the topics of ‘Knowledge in the Buddhist Philosopher Vasubandhu’, ‘Heidegger and Aesthetics’, and ‘Comparative Philosophy Concerning the Interpretation of Buddhism in the works of Hegel and Schopenhauer’.”

Prof. Sanjeeva Srivastava

Home Uni: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Dept. of Biosciences and Bioengineering)

Host: Assoc. Prof. Starling Emerald

Host Uni: United Arab Emirates University (College of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Date of Visit: 12-25 Jun 2019

“I presented my clinical proteomics work in front of Prof. Starling Emerald and his lab members and discussed different workflows involved in performing LC-MS/MS based quantitative proteomics. Prof. Starling also presented his various ongoing projects on diabetes and showed me some very high quality molecular and clinical research data generated by his group. This helped us to discuss potential collaborative projects on diabetes proteomics.”

Asst. Prof. Ying Wang

Home Uni: Tsinghua University (Dept. of Psychology)

Host: Prof. Keumjoo Kwak

Host Uni: Seoul National University (Dept. of Psychology)

Date of Visit: 17 Nov-1 Dec 2019

“Prof. Kwak and I are planning to do some cross-cultural studies to investigate whether autism spectrum disorder (ASD) differs from typical observers in their visual and motor perception, and the relationship among visual sensitivity, motor ability and literacy acquisition in the two countries. We also aim to collaborate together with another professor to launch some intervention programs for ASD children’s literacy (reading and writing), and the language development of children with visual or motor impairment.”

Prof. Dr. Yarub Al-Douri

Home Uni: Universiti Malaya (Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center)

Host: Dr. Waleed Khalil Ahmed

Host Uni: United Arab Emirates University (Dept. of Physics)

Date of Visit: 12-27 Jan 2019

“The second week of my visit focused on testing, measuring, characterizing and analyzing nanoparticles using XRD, AFM, UV-vis including discussion, explanation and interpretation of results. From the visit I established potential future collaborations with different academics and researchers to jointly apply for international research grants, organize joint scientific events and publish joint papers.”

Prof. Mohd Azlan Hussain

Home Uni: Universiti Malaya (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

Host: Prof. Paisan Kittisupakorn

Host Uni: Chulalongkorn University (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

Date of Visit: 6-23 Jan 2019

“During the visit I attended the Process Systems Engineering Asia Conference where I presented a keynote talk on ‘Process Control Engineering – Past, Present and Future Directions’. I also attended the International Advisory Committee Meeting as the representative from Malaysia, discussing the organization of future conferences related to Process Systems Engineering in Asia. This visit has certainly been very important for me to strengthen my collaboration in terms of co-supervision of postgraduate students, acting as external assessors and publishing papers together with Prof. Kittisupakorn.”

Dr. Jaime Jacqueline Jayapalan

Home Uni: Universiti Malaya (Dept. of Molecular Medicine)

Host: Prof. Sanjeeva Srivastava

Host Uni: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Dept. of Biosciences and Bioengineering)

Date of Visit: 4-15 Mar 2019

“I joined most of the activities that were carried out by the team members of the Proteomic Laboratory, including sample preparation, experiments, data analysis and result interpretations. I also participated in the Big Data, Bioinformatics and Proteomics Workshop and took part in an interactive hands-on session on Artificial Neural Networks and advanced bioinformatics analyses.”

Assoc. Prof. Stephen Wee Hun Lim

Home Uni: National University of Singapore (Dept. of Psychology)

Host: Prof. Jooyong Park

Host Uni: Seoul National University (Dept. of Psychology)

Date of Visit: 12-29 Nov 2018

“Based on the talk I delivered on cognitive science of learning, Prof. Park and I discussed possible ways of collaboratively extending my current research on educational psychology. Prof. Park’s commitment towards both research and education has radically inspired me to embrace new ways of thinking about the many educational issues and problems that we face today.”

Dr. YAP Teng Teng

Home Uni: Universiti Malaya (Dept. of Malaysian Languages and Applied Linguistics)

Host: Prof. Dong Xiufang

Host Uni: Peking University (Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature)

Date of Visit: 4-18 Nov 2018

“My main aim was to develop an understanding of the latest research on Chinese linguistics especially on morphology and syntax as theoretical methods used by the professor and her research group. Based on our communication, we have engendered new knowledge and discoveries and promoted the development of a globally-engaged linguistics workforce.”