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Quarter Century


“CKS programs today continue their initial purpose: promoting Khmer Studies, fostering scholarly exchanges, and supporting Cambodian higher education.” 

Jacques Hennessy, Chairman

CKS Fellowship and Junior Resident Fellows Programs

"CKS should be proud of its achievement in reviving and revitalizing Khmer Studies. Significantly, most CKS graduate student grantees produced new and cutting-edge knowledge that have rejuvenated Khmer Studies." Prof. Thak Chaloemtiarana, Cornell University, CKS Trustee Emeritus

Early on in its existence, CKS identifies as key to rebuilding the academic field in Cambodia the development of a diversified fellowship program. Through its programs, CKS is striv ing to bridge the gap between Cambodians and their international counterparts, while also affording opportunities for established international scholars to pursue their research. Over the past quarter century, CKS provides senior fellowships to hundreds of doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from the US, France and Cambodia. CKS also provides undergraduate students the opportunity to become immersed in the study of Khmer history and Cambodia through its Junior Resident Fellows Program. This undergraduate summer program nurtures exploration and discovery and counts 68 French, 78 Cambodians and 88 US students as alumns.

“This is one of the magical things about CKS: seeing its extraordinary educational impact in real-time, all the time.”

Andrew Mertha, Ph.D., Trustee, Professor of China Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

“CKS promotes higher education, both in Cambodia and in the US. We joined France to that ambition because French academics had a long track record of studying Cambodian history.”

Lois de Menil, Ph.D.

“It is time to celebrate our growth, reach, and achievements.”

Dr. Eve Zucker, Ph.D.

CKS Library &
Online Resources

CKS’s library is one of our organization’s main features.  Known for its rich collection focusing on the social sciences and humanities of Southeast Asia, CKS’s libary began collecting from scratch in 2001. From the start, the library offered free wi-fi and computers in its reading room, posted its digital catalogue online, digitized its library collection, and taught other Cambodian archives and emerging libraries how to do it. CKS’s library is not at the forefront of research with over 20,000 catalogue listings, including both physical and online resources.


Over two decades of operations, we have watched the enthusiasm of researchers, students, visitors and young readers increase each year.  Our library is full daily and we have reached out to donors to expand our core collection as well as enhance our Children’s Library.   Our mission continuously challenges our imagination.


From its inception, a mainstay of CKS’ mission has been to foster a reading culture among Cambodian youth. CKS Library regularly organizes and participates in outreach events, providing a lively children’s library, a reading contest, a book fair and many other events, including the CKS-sponsored Siem Reap Mini Book Fair.

Publishing in Cambodia Project

Early on in its mission, CKS recognized a structural deficiency in the almost total absence of quality published material in the Cambodian language, Khmer.  With almost all material in foreign languages such as English and French, students have no access to reference material in Khmer.  Over the past 25 years, CKS has worked with numerous foundations and institutions in Cambodia to increase the publication of texts directly in Khmer and to engage in translation into Khmer of both works on Cambodia and basic reference materials for students.  With the help of grants and individual donations. CKS has contributed to the publication of 28 works in Khmer and the translation of five books, including David Chandler’s classic A History of Cambodia.   

“We have supported research for numerous publications that represent the core and forefront of Cambodian studies, and have introduced numerous young people to Cambodia and the region and the many fascinating dimensions of its history, culture, politics and people.  We are excited to embark on our next 25 years, and hope you are, too! We could not have come so far without your support, and hope you will accompany us.  Thank you!”

Dr. Eve Zucker, Ph.D.


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