Cambodia is a country of contradictions. It has one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia, but large portions of the country still depend on traditional fishing and agriculture. It has democratic processes, but the same party has been in power for decades. It still bears the scars of the Khmer Rouge regime, but a dynamic youth sector is charting its own course.
Of all of the changes that have taken place in the last decade, the rise of a large and distinct youth demographic is arguably the most important. Young Cambodians are more educated, more outward looking and more connected than any previous generation. Tapping into the energy and optimism of this youthful core is critical to Cambodia’s future success.
The Fulbright Program plays an important role in supporting bilateral relations by bringing U.S and Cambodian youth and educators together. Cambodia’s higher education system is still developing, giving U.S. Fulbrighters the opportunity to have an outsized impact on teaching, curriculum development and program evaluation. Cambodia presents endless opportunities for research, both as a stand-alone country and as part of ASEAN. Previous Fulbrighters have made significant contributions in fields including political science, agriculture, environmental studies, education, nursing, health and biochemistry.
The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh provides a full range of support services to U.S. Fulbright Scholars, including an in-country orientation, housing information and visa assistance.