University of Washington

Awards, Grants and Fellowship Opportunities

Students pursuing advanced research projects, language study, and other specialized programs are eligible for numerous scholarships to fund both their study at UW and in the field. The following grants are those most commonly awarded to SEAC students. Students have also arranged research fellowships within their departments and schools as well as with overseas sponsorship. For more comprehensive information about grants and fellowships please see your home department or college as well as:

Office of Fellowships and Assistantship
The Graduate School
University of Washington
309 Loew Hall, Box 352192
Seattle, WA 98195-2192
Undergraduate Scholarship Office
Office of Undergraduate Education
University of Washington
120 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2803
Phone: 206-543-7152 Phone: 206-221-6023

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Each year a number of FLAS fellowships are assigned to undergraduate and graduate students studying Southeast Asian languages at UW. The FLAS application deadline is in January. 

Other Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Rolling Deadlines

January-February Deadlines

May-June Deadlines

September Deadlines

November-December Deadlines


Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute: Instruction is offered in the following languages at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels: Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. Some support is available for students admitted to the SEASSI program. SEASSI will be held at the University of Wisconsin. The following fellowship applications will be tentatively available in mid-fall quarter from the Southeast Asian Studies office at the University of Washington

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
February 13, 2015 - deadline for applications for Heritage Language Awards
April 1, 2015 - Tuition Scholarship application and General Application

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Program Dates: June 15, 2015 - August 7, 2015
Multiple levels of the following languages: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese
One full year of university credit
Generous financial aid available.
Various deadlines.
Web announcement:

FLAS Award for SEASSI. Application packets for Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are now available online. Current and incoming graduate and professional students from all departments and schools are encouraged to apply. The deadline is typically mid January.  For more information about FLAS, please visit: 

*See below for FLAS information session dates.

Hmong, Lao, and Khmer Language Fellowship. The aim of this fellowship is to promote language study by heritage learners. Only five fellowships providing tuition and a stipend are available.

SEASSI Tuition Fellowship. All SEASSI applicants, regardless of citizenship, are eligible to apply for Tuition Fellowships. Full and partial fellowships will be awarded.

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V246 Scholarship for Vietnamese Americans

Scholarship Deadline: June 30, 2014

The V247 Scholarship fund was established to assist and encourage Vietnamese American students to pursue higher education. Students must show the following requirements: financial need, academic achievements, and participation in community activities.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Students must be high school senior or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
• Must be enrolled during the 2013 - 2014 school year.
• Must be legal U.S resident and of Vietnamese heritage (one or both parents are Vietnamese).
• Scholarships will be granted based on these criteria: financial need, academic achievements, community
service, Vietnamese & English essays, and letters of recommendation.

Please visit their website for full details:

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Fees-only PhD Studentship in Malaysian Literature

Application Deadline: June 25, 2014
University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

The School of English at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is offering a fees-only PhD studentship in Malaysian literature, commencing in September 2014.

The fulltime studentship is for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and is open to both Malaysian and international students. The bursary will cover the full cost of tuition fees and is dependent on the delivery of a university-wide Malaysian literature unit, for which the candidate will receive additional payment. This award will not cover maintenance costs.

The studentship falls under the School of English in association with the Centre for Southeast Asian Writing (CSAW). UNMC is part of the University of Nottingham, and offers unique teaching and research opportunities in a highly dynamic context. The School of English was founded in 2013, and is developing a range of BA and MA programmes in the areas of applied linguistics, stylistics, discourse studies, world Englishes, modern literary studies and creative writing. CSAW aims to promote creative writing and academic scholarship in the field of Southeast Asian studies, and hosts a regular series of events.Applications are invited from candidates with an MA and/or a good BA (Hons) degree in literary studies. Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, a CV and a covering letter.

Applications and informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Shivani Sivagurunathan


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International Research or Study Fellowships (funded by the Chester Fritz and Boeing International endowments)

Application Deadline: February 10, 2014

These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing international research or study.

These fellowships are available to fund research and/or study periods of one quarter (three full months) abroad during the 2014-15 year (autumn 2014 through summer 2015). These awards DO NOT support faculty-led UW study abroad programs. The stipend will be equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc Teaching Associate II, currently $1,937 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for study abroad through the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. The IPE fee is covered by the fellowship. Graduate students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply. No extra money is included for airfare.

Students apply for funding through this process and successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship.


Gething Award for Student Travel 

Application Deadline:  Contact (2013's deadline was in Nov.)

The annual Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Award provides partial funding each year for graduate students to travel to professional conferences and workshops to present papers related to Southeast Asia. Calls for proposals are sent out in fall quarter for academic year and summer travel.

2012-13 Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Travel Awards

The Southeast Asia Center is pleased to announce the 2012-13 Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Awards for graduate student travel. These awards are made possible by a generous gift by Tom and Mary Kay Gething to assist graduate student professional development in presenting Southeast Asia-related papers at academic conferences. Awards range between $250-$450.

To apply, please submit the following either electronically or by mail:
*Your paper abstract, with conference date, title and location. Please indicate if your paper has been accepted for presentation.
*a brief cover letter including:
your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study and area(s) of research interest.  For more information, contact Sara Van Fleet, Southeast Asia Center Associate Director,


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Awards provide travel and maintenance, and specific book or research allowances for study or research projects in over 100 nations. Level of required language training depends on the project or study plan and the country in question. For further information and application please contact the Fellowship and Assistantship Office, the Graduate School, 200 Gerberding Hall, Box 351240, University of Washington, phone: 206-543-7152.

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Graduate Fellowships, Academy for Educational Development. This is a graduate fellowship to support outstanding students who demonstrate high levels of academic performance and motivation to internationalize their education by developing expertise in languages, cultures, and world regions. Applicants must be US citizens and willing to enter a service agreement if awarded; must be in a graduate degree program. Contact: Fellowship and Assistantship Office, the Graduate School, 200 Gerberding Hall, Box 351240, University of Washington, phone: 206-543-7152

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SIT offers a scholarship of $3500 to a qualified student who plans on attending one of SIT's College Semester Abroad programs in either Vietnam, China, or Thailand. Candidates are recommended to SIT by the University of Washington. For additional information, contact David Fenner, International Programs and Exchanges; 516 Schmitz Hall, Box 355815; phone: 543-9272; email:

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Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, INC.
Deadlines vary:  Please see below

Several types of awards are offered, including predoctoral grants to individuals to aid doctoral dissertation or thesis research on a topic from any branch of anthropology. Applicants must be enrolled for a doctoral degree. Application must be made jointly with a thesis advisor or other scholar who will supervise the project. Qualified applicants of all nationalities are eligible. Grants cover direct research expenses, travel, living expenses during fieldwork, and other relevant expenditures.

Grants for Doctoral Students:

  • Dissertation Fieldwork Grants (Deadlines: May 1 and November 1)

  • Engaged Anthropology Grant (Deadlines: February 1 and August 1)

  • Wadsworth International Fellowships (Deadline:  March 1)

  • The Wardsworth African Fellowships (Deadline:  December 15)

Grants for Post-Ph.D. Scholars, Grants for Non-U.S. Scholars, Grants for Conferences and Workshops also available.

Additional information and application materials should be requested directly from Wenner-Gren Foundation, 220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001-7708. Tel: (212) 683- 5000. Be sure to specify that you need a Small Grant/Predoctoral application.

For more information visit their website:

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Application deadline:  February 28, 2014


The Sumitro Fellows Program is a $10,000 travel/study grant for post-doctoral scholars, PhD candidates, senior academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field research.


* One Fellowship is awarded to a United States citizen/permanent resident for an outstanding research project relating to improving
understanding of the political economy of Indonesia.
* A second Fellowship is awarded to an Indonesian citizen for an outstanding research project contributing to understanding or advancing the Indonesian-United States relationship.

The Sumitro Fellows program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, the architect of Indonesia's modern economy and co-founder of USINDO, who passed away in 2001. Professor Sumitro headed the faculty of economics at the University of Indonesia, and was later Minister of Trade and Minister of State for Research.

Professor Sumitro was also the driving force behind a 1950's program of the Ford Foundation which sent Indonesian economists to the U.S. for advanced degrees. Many attended the University of California at Berkeley and the group came to be known as the "Berkeley Mafia" when its members assumed key cabinet posts in subsequent decades and contributed powerfully to Indonesia's development in the New Order period.

Eligibility Requirements:
American applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be United States citizens or permanent residents in the United States with a specific project on Indonesia's political economy. Applications outside the scope of economics or political economy will not be considered.

Indonesian applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be Indonesian citizens with a specific project on any aspect of the Indonesian-U.S. bilateral relationship. Applications related to solely American topics, Indonesian topics, or to non-U.S./non-Asian themes will not be considered.

Language Proficiency:
Please note that though not compulsory, prior study of Bahasa Indonesia is helpful in conducting field research. American applicants should indicate on the application form if and at what level the language has been studied, both formally and informally. Indonesian applicants must be capable of advanced study in English. Evidence of English fluency may be demonstrated by TOEFL scores. Indonesians who have graduated from a U.S. institution of higher learning, or from such institution in an English-speaking country, are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants/scholars who intend to publish their work in some form will be improving their applications. Previous travel to, and experience in, Indonesia or the United States is desirable but not required.

Application Materials:
All of the following must be completed and received on or before February 28, 2014 in order to be considered for the 2014 Sumitro Fellows

* Application Form: Please submit a completed and signed application form.
* Field Research Abstract: Please provide a one to five page single-spaced abstract of your intended research.
* Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please submit a curriculum vitae (not to exceed 10 pages) or resume providing full citations of all
publications, with the most recently published item listed first.
* Recommendation Letters: Two (2) recommendation letters are required. One recommendation letter must be from a dissertation advisor, senior faculty member, or other comparable advisor. Please advise your referees to send the recommendation letter directly to on or before February 15, 2014. Applicants have the responsibility of requesting and reminding their referees to directly send their recommendation letters by the required deadline.
* Waiver of Responsibility: Please submit a signed waiver of responsibility.
* Supplemental Information: In addition to the above information, the review committee will consider supplemental information such as
writing samples, course syllabi, etc. Faculty members and lecturers are welcome to submit course syllabi that do not exceed five pages.

Application Submission:
Please submit all application materials via email to by February 28, 2014. Incomplete applications and/or applications and
recommendation letters received after the deadline will not be considered.

Contact Information:
Questions regarding the application or candidate eligibility, please email: or call: 202.232.1400.


For additional information, please visit:


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Application Deadline:  Wednesday January 15, 2014

FLAS Fellowships - (Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

FLAS awards pay tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. FLAS supports study of the following languages and their world regions:
Arabic -Bangla- Bulgarian -Burmese -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian-Czech-Danish-Canadian First Nations, Métis & Inuit-Chinese -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog -Finnish -French -German
-Hebrew -Hindi -Indonesian/Malay -Italian -Japanese -Kazakh -Khmer -Korean -Latvian -Lithuanian -Norwegian -Persian -Polish -Portuguese -Russian -Slovenian -Spanish -Swahili -Swedish -Tajik -Thai -Turkish -Uighur -Urdu -Uzbek -Vietnamese

Summer FLAS awards are for intensive foreign language study and can be used at UW, another U.S. institution, or abroad. (Note: SEA summer FLAS languages include additional SE Asian languages such as Javanese, Lao and Hmong).

Academic Year FLAS awards: Awardees must take at least 3 credits in the language of the award and 3 credits of area studies or area/international aspects of their field of study each quarter while receiving a FLAS award.

Undergraduate awardees are eligible for intermediate or advanced level language study and cannot apply to study French, German or Spanish.

For detailed information, visit

Applications due January 15, 2014. Questions: email

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Application Deadline:  Friday January 18, 2013

The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is January 18, 2013. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

A2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

  • Number of Fellowships Offered: 20

  • Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2013

  • Online Application Opens: October 15

  • Application Deadline: January 18, 2013

  • Finalist selected by the end of February

  • Fellows selected by mid-March

  • Contact Persons: Patricia Scroggs ( or James McDowell ( 202-806-4367.

Additional information about the Rangel Program and specific application requirements are available at


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New Fulbright opportunities in Burma/Myanmar
Deadline:  February 1, 2013

Fulbright Public Policy Program 
This Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector and relationship building efforts between the U.S. and countries abroad. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will function in a “special assistant” role to a senior level official. Fellows gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

Available Countries
Bangladesh, Burma, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Nepal, and Samoa.

Candidates must have a Master’s degree with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, and two years of professional work experience.

Webinar (meet a current Fellow)
Tomorrow at 2:30pm ET, IIE and State Department staff will host a webinar that focuses on the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship opportunity. More information and registration for this webinar can be found on the following link:

Fulbright Public Policy Website
For additional information on the program, please explore the following link:
You can also find a brief tutorial video:


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Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal before the application deadline (February 4, 2013)

The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. We seek to provide funding for doctoral candidates whose work informs and advances the following populations/aspects of our mission:

high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds, and/or students who demonstrate the potential for achievement, and/or the conditions that promote high achievement (e.g., school settings, interventions, policies).

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, through its scholarship and grant making programs, advances the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Our work allows us to see first-hand how high-achieving students with financial need overcome obstacles and excel academically. Our research, however, has shown that many high-potential, low-income students are unable to successfully navigate these obstacles.

In The Achievement Trap (2007), we found that there is a significant drop off in the number of low-income students who are identified as high-achieving throughout the primary and secondary education system. These student experiences raise important questions about the factors and contexts that help some students with financial need overcome personal adversity, limited educational opportunities, and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically, and how a deeper understanding of such matters can be used to design programs and interventions that will help more low-income students identified as high achieving early in their primary and secondary school years to sustain their academic achievement levels through college and beyond.

In response to this gap in knowledge, the Foundation has created the Cooke Dissertation Fellowship for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The fellowship is intended to focus more scholarly attention on the population of students the Foundation serves in order to enable practitioners, parents, schools and communities to better support such students in achieving their full potential.

Dissertation fellowships are intended to support the doctoral student for work done after the student’s dissertation proposal has been successfully defended. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics.

The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months, beginning in June 2013. Award decisions are announced in May.

Application and other materials must be submitted by February 4, 2013. Please visit the website for more information about the Foundation, the fellowship, and the application instructions.


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Visiting Scholar/Researcher Fellowship.  Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies.  UCLA

Deadline:  February 6, 2013, 5:00pm


The Institute of American Cultures, in conjunction with the Asian American Studies Center, invites applications for support of research on Asian Americans for 2013-2014.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Asian American Studies Center, 3230 Campbell Hall. Awards will be announced in April.

Application forms and additional information are available On-Line at:

FELLOWSHIP PERIOD: October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

ELIGIBILITY/FUNDING: Visiting Scholar appointments are for persons who currently hold permanent academic appointments and Visiting Researcher are for newly degreed scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

For more information or contact AASC's IAC Coordinator, Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, at

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Keyes Award for Graduate Student Research in Southeast Asia
Application Deadline:  February 17, 2014  Contact

The Charles and Jane Keyes Award provides partial funding for graduate students to travel to Southeast Asia for research purposes.

Thanks to a generous gift from Professor Emeritus Charles (Biff) and Jane Keyes, the Southeast Asia Center is pleased to announce the 2014 Charles and Jane Keyes Award for graduate student travel. The award is meant to assist graduate students in traveling to Southeast Asia for research purposes in summer 2014.

To apply, please submit a one-page proposal outlining your research plans, an estimated budget, one letter of reference and a cover letter to Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director, Southeast Asia Center at or via campus mail at Box 353650. Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens but must be enrolled as a UW student.


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Jefferson (Journalism) Fellowships, East-West Center.  Location:  Honolulu, Tokyo, Beijing, and Yangon
Deadline:  February 28, 2013



Now accepting applications for the landmark Spring 2013 Program with travel to Tokyo, Beijing and first-ever visit to Yangon

The Jefferson Fellowships offer U.S. and Asia Pacific journalists an opportunity to broaden their understanding of Asia Pacific issues and build a professional network through a 3-week program of dialogue and travel organized around a special theme.

The Spring 2013 Jefferson Fellowships program will focus on "New Leadership in the Asia Pacific: Resolving Old Problems, Managing New Realities," with travel to Honolulu, Tokyo, Beijing and the first-ever visit to Myanmar in the 46-year history of the program.


Application deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theme: New Leadership in Asia Pacific: Solving Old Problems, Managing New Realities

Dates: June 9-30, 2013

Destinations: Honolulu, Hawaii; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Yangon, Myanmar

Who Can Apply: Working print, broadcast, and on-line journalists in the United States, Asia* and the Pacific Islands. Five years of experience preferred. English fluency required. 12-14 Fellowships will be awarded, 4-5 for American journalists, and 7-9 for journalists from Asia and the Pacific. American and Asia Pacific journalists study and travel together throughout the program for a unique and rich learning opportunity. *Please note that funding applies only to Asian countries in this list.  More info...


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Kenyon - Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in International Studies, Keyon College
Deadline:  March 1, 2013

Kenyon College is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in International Studies for the academic year 2013-14. The fellowship is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Intended to complement the College's Yarbrough Dissertation Fellowship program,, the post-doctoral program creates a one-year teaching fellowship in the humanities or humanistic social sciences for holders of PhD's who come from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program seeks to attract recent recipients of doctoral degrees whose research focus is in international fields of study, including comparative or cross-cultural scholarship. The fellowship program places its greater emphasis on the Fellow's teaching and mentor ship of junior faculty like the dissertation fellows while allowing time for research activities. The Fellow will be expected to teach three (3) courses over the one-year term of the fellowship, including one (1) course that incorporates the teaching of writing as practiced in the disciplinary field(s) of the Fellow.

To be eligible, candidates must have completed a PhD in a humanities discipline or humanistic social science discipline from an accredited university prior to the commencement of the fellowship. Generally, the program seeks fellows with doctorates in one of the following fields: African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Classics, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Legal Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies.

As a reflection of Kenyon's commitment to promoting diversity in thought and experience within the academy, applicants for the fellowship must be members of under-represented groups (e.g. ethnic minorities; women in fields that are occupied predominantly by men, or men in fields that are occupied predominantly by women; and persons who are first-generation college graduates within their families).  More info...


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Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow - Asian Art History at Washington University in St. Louis.
Review of applications begin:  March 25, 2013

Washington University in Saint Louis seeks a specialist in Asian Art History (PhD by September 1, 2013 required) for a post-doctoral teaching fellowship (Sept. 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014). Duties over two semesters include teaching a total of three courses: two lecture courses aimed primarily at undergraduates, and one larger Introduction to Asian Art (with the assistance of graduate TAs) that covers the arts of China, Japan and India. Area of specialization open to East, South and Southeast Asia, ancient to contemporary eras. Some teaching experience beyond the Teaching Assistant level, and scholarly publication preferred. To apply, go to jobs.wustl.eduand look up job posting #25345. Required materials include a letter of application, CV, and sample syllabi to be uploaded. Two confidential letters of recommendation should be mailed to Dr. Elizabeth Childs, Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Campus Box 1189 One Brookings Drive Washington University St Louis, MO 63130-4899 or e-mailed Review of the applications will begin on March 25, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Washington University is an equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and minorities. Employment eligibility verification requested upon hire.



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U.S. - Indonesia Youth Leadership Program and Youth Leadership Program with Burma
Application closes:  Monday March 25, 2013


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX.

Award Benefits

Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.

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2013 Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship
Deadline:  March 31, 2013

The program serves to demonstrate Indonesia's commitment as an initiator of the establishment of South West Pacific Dialogue and as the originator member of ASEAN in advancing the social culture in the region. The program also has an objective to encourage better understanding amongst participants from member countries through Indonesia's immensely diverse art and culture heritage. Finally, the programme aims to cultivate a cultural of cooperation, emerging from direct contact and sharing of cultures amongst people involved in the program, leading to thriving diplomatic relations in the region and worldwide.  Learn more...


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Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program (2013). Siem Reap, Cambodia
Deadline for Applications: April 1st, 2013

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week (from Monday June 24th, 2013 to Friday August 2nd, 2013) Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples. It has a full range of study and research facilities, including the largest publicly accessible research library outside of Phnom Penh with over 12,000 books, journals and other reading materials in English French and Khmer, study carrels for up to twenty fellows, a spacious seminar room and conference hall. Resident fellows will also spend time studying in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.

Learn more...


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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Berkeley
Application deadline:  April 12, 2013

2013-15 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UC Berkeley

The Dean of Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley is accepting applications for the 2013-15 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities. Four new fellows will be appointed for 2013-15, to teach and carry out research in a sponsoring department in the humanities. The Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies is a designated host department
for this fellowship. Application deadline: April 12, 2013.

For a two-year appointment, effective July 1, 2013, Fellows will be expected to teach one course per semester, for four consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions). This year's eligible applicants must have received the Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2010
and no later than June 30, 2013. UC Berkeley Ph.D.s are not eligible for this fellowship. Applicants may not hold an appointment in a tenure-track position, and Mellon Fellows may not hold any other appointment during the period of the fellowship. Applications from international scholars are accepted, but fellowship awards are contingent upon eligibility to work legally in the United States. If necessary, Berkeley will sponsor the scholar for a J-1 visa. See the fellowship website for full details :


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Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI) International Relations 2013-14 Grants Program
Deadline: May 1, 2013

The Australia-Malaysia Institute provides financial support to selected projects which aim to promote and enhance bilateral links between Australia and Malaysia.

The Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI) has opened its 2013/14 Grants funding round and applications are invited for funding for projects commencing between July 2013 and June 2014.

Funding is awarded through a competitive selection process. Applications should further the mission and goals of the AMI and have an identified Australia or Malaysian partner. Applications which support implementation of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper (see are encouraged.

Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm (AEST) 1 May.



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CSEAS Fellowship for Visiting Research Scholars, Kyoto University
Deadline:  2013: July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, 2014: Jan

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University is now accepting applications from scholars and researchers who work on Southeast Asia, or on any one of the countries in that region, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan, in order to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study.

Since 1963, more than two hundred distinguished scholars have visited the Center for periods ranging from six months to one year. They have availed themselves of the Center's considerable scholarly resources and the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country's cultural treasures, to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies. The Center's multi-disciplinary character and the diverse research interests of its faculty offer visiting research scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.

For details, see program website:


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Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Application Deadline:  Wednesday November 7, 2012.

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

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Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF)
Deadline:  Monday November 19, 2012

Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF).

This two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, potential for accelerated promotions, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs have the opportunity to be hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, and financial management, to name a few.

For information and applications: Students must apply through the PMF website and
USAJobs . This is a multi-phase application process, including both online and in-person segments. DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 19, 2012, 8:59 pm PST.

Eligibility Requirements: Must receive advanced degree between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug.
31, 2013 or have received advanced degree no earlier than Nov. 5, 2011. All disciplines are eligible. Must meet following criteria: breath and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and demonstrated commitment to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. Information about the PMF program is available at:  

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DARMASISWA 6-month or year-long grants to study Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian arts, music and crafts
Application deadline: end of Nov. (2012 was Nov. 30)

DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia, arts, music and crafts. Participants can choose one of 45 different universities located in different cities in Indonesia. This program is organized by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The DARMASISWA program was started in 1974 as part of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) initiative, admitting only students from ASEAN. However, in 1976 this program was extended to include students from other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and USA. In early 90's, this program was extended further to include all countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia. Until to date, the number of countries participating in this program is more than 75 countries.

The main purpose of the DARMASISWA program is to promote and increase the interest in the language and culture of Indonesia among the youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries.

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Application Deadline: December 30, 2013


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded to individuals pursuing professional, business, technical or academic careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. The grants fund an academic year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government/public service are encouraged to apply.

Eligible Languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer and Burmese

Applicant Eligibility

· Pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of an East or SE Asian language
· Have a college undergraduate degree by the time language program starts
· Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the Grant Guidelines
· Able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study
· Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
· Applications must be postmarked by December 30, 2013. Grants awarded April 2014.

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UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates
Application deadline: Monday May 13, 2013

Call for UW Undergrad Papers & Projects

  • What? The UW Libraries Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects that demonstrate a creative use of scholarly materials.

  • Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.

  • When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 13, 2013, by 5:00pm PST.

  • Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.

  • Questions? Send them to


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AIFIS Henry Luce Foundation Grants
Application deadline: May 1, 2013

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from American and Indonesian scholars who wish to conduct research across the field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian studies.

For American scholars, three (3) grants of $5,000 each are available. Funds may be applied towards travel, accommodation and support, or research activities in Indonesia.

For Indonesian scholars two (2) grants of $5,000 each are available. Funds are available exclusively to support travel to the United States for the purpose of collaborating with a researcher (graduate student, faculty, or other affiliate) at a U.S. institution of higher learning. They are designed to cover travel, accommodation, and support for the Indonesian researcher while in the United States. Collaboration with an American partner is essential for these grants.

These small grants are designed to foster new collaboration between Indonesian and American scholars and to raise existing collaborations to a new level by stimulating small cooperative projects in all fields of Indonesian studies, including the sciences, planning, agriculture, history, the arts, etc. Funding is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. For further information or to submit an application, please consult our website ( or contact the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), Kahin Center for Advanced Studies on Southeast Asia, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850 or email at

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Four-week library fellowship for Southeast Asian scholars. University of Michigan
Application deadline: May 31, 2013

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the University Library at the University of Michigan offers a four-week research fellowship to Southeast Asian scholars to use the research resources of the University of Michigan. Information on U-M collections can be accessed here and include specialized collections on the Philippine-American period, Philippine ethnology and archaeology, and the Vietnam War.

The Fellowship provides reimbursement for international airfare, research funds, and stipend and housing while the scholar is in residence at Ann Arbor. The scholar will enjoy research space and computing privileges at the University, as well as assistance from the Southeast Asia research librarian and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic community at the University. CSEAS collaborates with students and faculty members on programming at the University, including a regular lecture series, courses, workshops, and conferences, as well as outreach to the community in the form of school visits, resources for teachers, and public performances. More information.


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Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar Fellowship
Application deadline: November 1, 2013

One nine-month fellowship is available for a postdoctoral Asian or American scholar whose research focuses on East Asia or Southeast Asia. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend and housing and office space on the SAR campus.

The following criteria guide SAR's selection of the Luce Fellow:

Citizenship: Applicants may be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or nationals of the following Asian countries or regions, listed alphabetically: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Non-U.S. citizens must be affiliated with universities in the United States or in their country or region of citizenship.

Academic Discipline: Applicants should be pursuing research in one of the following social sciences or humanities: anthropology, economics, education, geography, history, languages, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, social work, or sociology, or in an interdisciplinary field that incorporates two or more of these disciplines.

Career Standing: The fellowship is restricted to postdoctoral scholars who are finishing research projects and who would therefore benefit from the time to think, write, and interact with a diverse group of intellectuals.

Research Topic: The research program that applicants propose to undertake at SAR must be primarily focused on one of the East Asian countries listed under “citizenship” above.
English Fluency: To facilitate full engagement in the SAR intellectual community, applicants who are Asian nationals must demonstrate their fluency in English, such as through their record of professional interaction in written and spoken English. 

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. 

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

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Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Institute of International Education
Deadline: 1 August 2013 (for most awards)

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description. In addition, flexible options may be available.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM EST, August 1, 2013.

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Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary SEA (2014)
Deadline: November 1, 2013

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University (Stanford) are pleased to announce that applications are welcome between now and 1 November 2013 for the 2014 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia. Interested individuals with backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority.

One or two candidates may be awarded fellowships. A successful candidate will spend one month at NUS and one, two, or three months at Stanford, writing and conducting research on, or related to, contemporary Southeast Asia. Fellows will also have opportunities to speak and take part in seminars and workshops organized by relevant campus units. In determining the overall length of the fellowship and the sequencing of the stays at each campus, the preferences of the fellow concerned will be taken into account.

Fellowships will normally begin and end within the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. Each fellowship will cover one roundtrip economy-class airfare from the fellow's country of residence to NUS (or Stanford), continuing on to Stanford (or NUS), and returning from Stanford (or NUS) to the fellow's country of residence, and will include a stipend of US$ 7500 per month during the fellowship period.

Applicants should submit the following six (6) items:
(1) a project statement (not exceeding three pages) that addresses the candidate's research project's central analytic question(s), explains its intellectual contribution to scholarship on Southeast Asia, and describes the writing and research envisaged during the fellowship. The statement should also clearly state the specific research outcomes envisaged.
(2) a detailed schedule of the proposed fellowship period including dates of anticipated residence at NUS and at Stanford.
(3) a sample of published, English-language work by the candidate that is directly or indirectly related to the research project.
(4) the candidate's full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
(5) full contact information, including email addresses, for three (3) academic referees who should be able, if asked, to evaluate the proposal and the candidate.
(6) full contact information for the applicant including an email address.

Complete applications are due by 1 November 2013. Results will be announced no later than mid December 2013.

Applications should be sent simultaneously to both NUS and Stanford at these addresses:

NUS - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia, Research Division, Dean's Office, FASS, National University of Singapore, The Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Block AS7, Level 6, Singapore 117570

tel: (65) 6516 7035; fax (65) 6773 6878

Stanford - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia,
Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Encina Hall E-301, Stanford University, 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6055, USA

tel: (650) 724 6403; fax (650) 650 723 6530

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
Application deadline: October 15, 2013

The Penn Humanities Forum awards five one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year).

The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $46,500 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $2500 research fund, requires that the scholar spend the year in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and is open to international applicants (appointed under a J-1 visa only). The Call for Applications is now open for the 2014–15 fellowship year, when our topic will be Color.

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2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Deadline: November 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2014 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

The application is available online at Applications will be due November 15, 2013 by 8:00 pm EST. Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can also be found on the website.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

For more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Phone: 202-833-7522
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Ph.D. Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships, Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Utrecht University
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Ph.D. fellowships are for 3-4 years. The dissertation will be defended at Utrecht University. The postdoctoral fellowships are for one or two years.

The research will be done in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in China at Minzu University in Beijing. The projects have to be on the following topics:

1. Study of the relations between Yi and Miao in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Vietnam
2. Study of the effects on ethnic minorities of the opening up of S.W. China to S.E. Asia
3. Social networks beyond ethnicity in China: Case study of the classmates and alumni of Minzu University in Beijing

-For Postdoc: Ph.D. in Social /Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Political Science or other related disciplines of the Social Sciences or Humanities. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese is expected.
-For Ph.D. candidates: MA in Social /Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Political Science or other related disciplines of the Social Sciences or Humanities. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese is expected.
-Applications should include a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a proposed research statement of 1000 words for the period of the fellowship, a list of publications if any, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of the PhD-/ master's thesis or sample chapters. These will of course be treated confidentially.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome.

Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2013

Applications should be sent in electronic form to, and for further information please contact Professor Peter van der Veer, Director of the Department, at


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Thai Studies Scholarships, Chulalongkorn University
Application Deadline: December 25, 2013 

The project of Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS), Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, is offering the ENITS SCHOLARSHIPS 2014 for graduate students and young scholars working on Thai studies or related disciplines.
Please find details and application form of the scholarship in the attached files or or

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Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Awards for graduate student travel
November 20, 2013

The Southeast Asia Center is pleased to announce the 2013-14 Thomas and Mary Kay Gething Awards for graduate student travel. These awards are meant to assist graduate student professional development in presenting Southeast Asia-related papers at academic conferences. Awards average $250-$300 and will be provided via travel reimbursement.

To apply, please submit the following either electronically or by mail to Sara Van Fleet ( no later than November 20, 2013:

1) Your paper title and abstract, along with conference date, conference title and conference location. Please indicate whether your paper has been accepted for presentation.
2) a brief cover letter that includes:
your name, address, email address, discipline, level of graduate study and area(s) of research interest. 


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Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) / U.S. Dept. of State (ECA)
Deadline: November 17, 2013

Ph.D. & Senior Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars.

This program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in the social sciences and humanities. Scholars can pursue research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Southern China) provided that part of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.

Ph.D. Dissertation Research Fellowships
These Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates to wish to pursue their dissertation research in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Awards are available for periods of up to eleven months.

Senior Research Fellowships
Senior Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to pursue further research in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.
Short-term awards are available for up to four months.
Long-term awards are available for six to nine months.
Fellowships for four months or less have some travel restrictions.

Criteria for Evaluation
The Selection Committee will assess each application on the basis of the project description, the candidate’s academic and/ or professional record and the quality of references. Members of the Selection Committee represent different academic disciplines, so the applicant must explain the nature and significance of the project in terms understandable to a non-specialist audience. Fellowships granted by the Center for Khmer Studies receive funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Candidates MUST be U.S. citizens.

More information at


Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant