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Graduate Study Grant and Fellowship Opportunities


*Advanced Language Fellowships Blakemore Foundation

* College Year in Thailand

*AAS Dissertation Workshop: "States, Elites, Citizens, and Subjects"

*Fulbright Fellowships

*Thai Language Program: SAIS




*Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowships

Advanced Language Fellowships Blakemore Foundation  

The Blakemore Foundation plans to make 20-25 grants for the advanced study of modern Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese languages during the 2008/2009 academic year. The grants cover tuition and stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses. Deadline for applicants must be postmarked by December 30, 2007. For eligibility and detail information please go to this link: http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/language.htm .

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Study in Chiang Mai through the College Year in Thailand (CYIT) Program

This specially-designed academic program is offered through a partnership between UW-Madison and Chiang Mai University , Thailand (CMU). The program is located in northern Thailand , one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse areas in the world.

One of the most beautiful campuses in Southeast Asia , Chiang Mai University serves a student body of more than 24,000 and offers a full range of academic disciplines. While on the program, students will participate in the following activities:

-Preparatory summer session at UW-Madison which includes intensive Thai language training as well as academic and cultural orientation sessions

-Thai language study in group or individual settings

-Subject tutorials in students' area of interests

-Self-designed fieldwork project with faculty supervision  

Eligibility to apply: Junior, Senior, Recent Graduate (within one semester of graduation) standing

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students


Apply on-line: http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/Applications/index.html

For more information:

* International Academic Programs http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/asia/thailand_chiangmai.asp  

* CYIT Academic Director Professor Robert Bickner <rbickner@wisc.edu>


The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce plans for a seventh AAS Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting in Atlanta next spring. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton.  

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences: (1) who are developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research or dissertation writing; and (2) who are seeking to develop new, richer, more accurate, more subtle or robust understandings of historic or contemporary Asian states and their interactions with their elites, citizens, and subjects. The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods, and in various regions of Asia . It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar concerns.  

Application deadline December 11, 2007 .  

More information at

http://www.aasianst.org/News/dissertation-workshop.htm . For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Michael Paschal, <mpaschal@aasianst.org>, or David Szanton, <Szanton@uclink.berkeley.edu>.

Overview of trends and issues for students interested in applying for a Fulbright Program in Asia

by Jonathan Akeley (Program Manager, Asia/Pacific)

New Developments

Language Training Initiative :

The Language Training Initiative program is now available to candidates who wish to study Mandarin, Cantonese, or Korean prior to beginning their Fulbright projects. Before beginning the Fulbright grant, students will train for up to six months in either the host country of the Fulbright project or another appropriate country. The requirements of the grant include pre- and post-testing of the prospective Fulbrighter's knowledge of the language, as well as a clearly defined commitment to continuing the language study after the six-month training period. There is the potential for additional languages to be added, so consult the website frequently for updates. For more information, see: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_type.html#lang

Cambodia :

Fulbright U.S. Student awards are now available to Cambodia.

China :

The Fulbright Program in China has received a sizable increase in funding and we expect to offer at least 40 Fulbright U.S. Student grants there each year. Awards to China are available in all fields of study and projects in the arts and humanities are particularly encouraged. In addition, the program looks for geographic diversity in terms of where Fulbrighters are placed in China, so students should try to base their projects outside of Beijing and Shanghai when possible. All applicants should consult the China Affiliation Guide that is available at: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/chiaffil.html

Laos :

Fulbright U.S. Student awards are now available to Laos.

Macau :

In 2006 the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will send its first grantee to Macau.

Fulbright in the Asia-Pacific Region

Fulbright U.S. Student applications to the Asia-Pacific region increased by more than 76% between the 2000 and 2006 competitions. During this time, the number of English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) programs in the region increased from one to five and the proportion of applicants applying for ETA grants increased substantially. In 2000, ETA applicants represented approximately 11% of the applicant pool to Asia. By 2006, the share of ETA applications had increased to over 37% of the total and the number of applications for traditional Fulbright Full grants in Asia decreased by 15% from the previous year.

One of the most pervasive myths about the Fulbright Program in Asia is that an applicant must have prior knowledge of the host country language in order to be competitive for a Fulbright grant there. In fact, this is only true for the Fulbright Full grant programs in China, Indonesia, and Japan. Since Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are the most commonly taught Asian languages in the United States, it is reasonable to assume that many candidates would have the chance to study the languages through undergraduate coursework or study abroad experiences. However, courses in Khmer, Mongolian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese are not readily available to most Americans. Applicants to countries where the local language is not commonly taught in the U.S., while not required to speak the language at the time of application, should include plans to study the language in the host country concurrent with their Fulbright research should they be offered awards.

Another barrier to attracting students to design Fulbright proposals for programs in the Asia-Pacific region lies in the fact that the vast majority of Americans who study abroad choose to do so in Western Europe, while a paltry six percent study abroad in Asia. Not surprisingly, four of the top study abroad destinations in Western Europe (Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and France) also receive the greatest numbers of Fulbright applications.

While the proliferation of ETA program opportunities in Asia has likely contributed to the decline in the relative number of Fulbright full grant applications to the region, full grant applications to the Southeast Asian programs has been noticeably stagnant. Most of America's interest tends to center on the regional giants China and Japan. In addition, there are relatively few Southeast Asian Studies Programs at U.S. colleges and universities even at campuses that have strong Chinese or Japanese studies programs. As a result, Fulbright application rates to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand lag behind those of the programs in Northeast Asia. An added problem is the perceived danger and instability of the region, which probably deters many potential candidates who would otherwise be interested in Southeast Asian Fulbright opportunities.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program currently offers ETA grants in five Asian countries: Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand. A common feature of these ETA programs is that none of them require any prior knowledge of the host country or the local language. In addition, ETA Fulbrighters are typically placed in schools outside of the major cities where there are fewer chances for students to interact with native English speakers. ETA candidates need to convey a strong commitment to the intensive cultural immersion inherent to a program that places its grantees in teaching roles abroad. Interest in the local culture, along with the pedagogical strategies that the applicants will bring to their classrooms, need to come through in the Fulbright project proposal. Plans for community involvement and/or small side projects can be helpful, but they cannot be location specific and must be feasible given the time constraints that teaching responsibilities will impose.

The Fulbright ETA program in Indonesia has grown rapidly since its inception and there is a strong possibility that the number of grants available will increase again for the 2007-2008 program year. In spite of this, the number of applications for the ETA program in Indonesia has not kept pace with the expanding opportunities there. In 2006 only 34 applications were submitted for the 20 grants available. Students interested in ETA programs in Asia who are not necessarily set on a particular country should be encouraged to apply to the program in Indonesia.


As with many other programs in the non-western world, the Fulbright Program in Asia do not receive a high proportion of applications in the creative and performing arts (6.6% in 2006). This is in spite of the fact that all of the programs in the region are open to projects in the arts and that Asian cultures have innumerable artistic traditions, many of which are little known or completely unknown in the West. Candidates in the arts should be encouraged to consider applying for Fulbright opportunities in Asia since they often design projects that can be very individual and more unique than some of those in the traditional academic fields, which appeals to many of the Fulbright Commissions and Posts overseas.


The 2007-2008 Fulbright competition will mark the first time that U.S. Student applications will be accepted for Cambodia and Laos and will hopefully encourage more candidates to consider a Fulbright experience in Southeast Asia. Although the application rates to Southeast Asia have been somewhat anemic over the years, the emergence of three ETA programs there (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand) is helping to spur interest in the region. The number of grant opportunities in one or more of the Southeast Asian ETA programs will likely increase during the upcoming year

The Fulbright U.S. Student program to China received over 140 applications in 2006, making it number one in the region for Fulbright Full grant applications for the first time. There will be approximately 50 U.S. Student Fulbrighters going to China in 2006-2007, and increasing funding levels mean that there should be at least 40 grants to China each year in the future. Application levels to Australia remain strong (113 applications received in 2006 for 14 awards) and this is expected to continue in the future. Japan has seen somewhat of a decline in Fulbright applications in spite of the relatively high number of awards offered there. This could be because many Asian Studies students are now focusing on China in larger numbers than in the past, but it is too early to tell whether the drop in interest in Japan will be a long-term phenomenon.

Overall, interest in the Asia-Pacific region has grown substantially since 2000 because of the expansions of the ETA programs and the Full grant program in China. Opportunities within the region will continue to grow in the near future and the demand for applicants for Fulbright Full grants remains high.

Jonathan E. Akeley is the Program Officer for U.S. Students applying for Fulbright grants to the Asia/Pacific Region, and he can be reached at (212) 984-5487 or jakeley@iie.org.

Thai Language Program Brochure: SAIS



Targeted Fields: Humanities.

Open To: Postdoctoral Scholars.

Citizenship: Open to U.S. citizens. Foreign nationals living in the U.S. for at least 3 years prior to application are also eligible.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferreal may apply. Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.

Stipend: Stipend of $24,000 for six to eight month tenure and $40,000 for nine to twelve month tenure.

Deadline: 5/1/2006

Program Description: Awards offered to support individuals pursuing advanced research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Fellowship is a full-time tenure for six to eight months or nine to twelve months.

For More Information:
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
(202) 606-8200


The TLC offers the "Ingrid Muan Travel Fellowship" for one graduate student each year who presents a paper on a TLC subject at the annual Association of Asian Studies meeting. These fellowship awards range between 200 and 400 dollars.


Senior Resident Scholar Fellowship based in Siem Reap – Angkor, Cambodia

Summer 2006
Deadline: April 1, 2006

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, seeks a Senior Resident Scholar for summer 2006. The Senior Resident Scholar will be based in Siem Reap where CKS has its headquarters, library and conference facilities. The appointment covers three months from June 1 to August 31, 2006.

In addition to conducting his or her own research, the Senior Resident Scholar also serves as a lecturer and advisor for CKS’s Summer Junior Fellowship Program for undergraduates from the United States, France and Cambodia who arrive in Siem Reap on July 1 for two months. Responsibilities to the Summer Junior Fellowship Program include: holding twice monthly seminars in English on a subject of his or her choice, advising and providing guidance to the Junior Fellows for their research projects, conducting a field trip in or around Siem Reap with the junior fellows, and accompanying the junior fellows on a field trip to Phnom Penh. The Senior Resident Scholar also works closely with CKS’s Summer Fellowship Program Director who plans the academic content and logistical details of the Summer Junior Fellowship Program. At the end of the appointment period, the Senior Resident Scholar is expected to submit a report of the progress of his/her research project and assessments of the junior fellows’ research progress.

The total amount of the award is $9,000, covering all travel, research and living expenses. Expenses related to field trips are covered by CKS. In addition, the Resident Scholar has free access to CKS’s library and Internet facilities.

Eligibility and Application:
1. United States citizenship
2. Scholars of Khmer or Southeast Asian Studies. PhD students who have conducted research related to Khmer studies are also eligible and have had some experience teaching.
3. Applicants should provide the following: a two-page statement of purpose covering research plan and objective; a one-page description of potential activities and seminars related to the junior fellows program; a CV.

For further information or to submit an application, please contact
The Center for Khmer Studies Summer Fellowship Program
Lesley Perlman
8 Street 600, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh

We encourage you to visit us online at http://www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf < http://www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf >  to read up on the exciting field work of past and current fellows.  Also visit www.ssrc.org/fellowships  for information about other funding opportunities currently available through the SSRC.

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