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Center for Khmer Studies

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) promotes research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities in Cambodia and the Mekong region.

What we do

  • Promote research and international scholarly exchange by programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region
  • Strengthen Cambodia’s cultural and educational structures and integrate Cambodian scholars in regional and international exchange
  • Partner with colleges and universities in Cambodia, the US and beyond

Our Work

CKS Library & Online Resources

Provides the largest public library outside the capital, Phnom Penh, with over 20,000 monographs, books and journals, and with publicly accessible computers.​

Conferences & Events

Present local and international, interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and lectures in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to establish professional partnerships between Cambodian and international scholars.

Urban Research and Innovation

Strengthen teaching and local research capacities in Urban Research.

Fellowships Programs

Support the research and education of junior and senior scholars from Cambodia and overseas.​

Publishing & Translation Program

Publishes original scholarly manuscripts and translates foundational social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.​

Latest Updates

Events & Conferences

Speaker: Phasy RES

Date: 23-July-2021 

2:30 pm 

Cambodia Time 


The research paper “Microfinance in Times of COVID-19: Consumer Protection and the Loan Restructuring Process in Cambodia” offers a unique snapshot of the microfinance sector amid the unfolding pandemic. The report aims to discuss consumer protections within…

Posted on: 6-July-2021

Past Events

Speaker: I Younan An, and Sievlan Len

Date: 16-July-2021 

9:00 am 

Cambodia Time 

This webinar was recorded on 16 July 2021


The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) invites two former Junior Resident Fellows, I Younan An, and Sievlan Len who have recently graduated their master’s degree from 2 different universities—Pittsburgh and…

Posted on: 5-July-2021

News & Opportunities

A new study analyzes the impacts of COVID-19 on the microfinance sector and vulnerable households.

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is pleased to release “Microfinance in Times of COVID-19: Consumer Protection and the Loan Restructuring Process in Cambodia,”…

Posted on: 1-July-2021

News & Opportunities

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies
A SEAC/AAS Initiative

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars – including graduate students – to…

Posted on: 22-June-2021

News & Opportunities

Deadline extended until 15 July 2021 (Cambodia Time)

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is providing a fellowship to a qualified Cambodian scholar to conduct research on the Elizabeth Becker Collection and other audiovisual materials at the…

Posted on: 21-June-2021

CKS Institutional Supporters

We are grateful for our partners

Who We Are

CKS is a non-governmental institution supported by international foundations, educational institutions, scholars, the US department of education, and interested individuals and philanthropists from the US, France, and Cambodia.

What We Do

CKS’s research and educational programs are run from our headquarters in Siem Reap and from our office in Phnom Penh. Please visit us to learn more about the work we do!

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