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Discussion and Experience Sharing on How to Search for Non-governmental Funded Scholarship in the US

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 Stanford in the US to share the stories of their academic journeys from Cambodia to the US on scholarships beside the governmental funded scholarship programs which we all have been aware of. They will share with you on how to search for and prepare for the scholarship​ applications. Beyond discussing funding, the speakers will also share their personal academic experiences  and the challenges they faced—physically and mentally while living and studying in the US during the Covid-19 outbreak and how they overcame those challenges.



I Younan An is a twenty-four years old incoming doctoral student studying Public Policy at the University of Toronto, Canada. He recently graduated from his Master of International Development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh. In 2018, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Northern Illinois University. At the University of Pittsburgh, he is a H.J Heinz Fellow and is a lead student researcher for the Gender Equality in Public Administration working group, a collaborative research effort between the University and the United Nations Development Programme. In 2018, he participated in the Junior Resident Fellow Program hosted by the Center for Khmer Studies. During the past few years, he has additionally garnered a wide breadth of experiences working with non-governmental organizations on development, gender equality, economic growth and industry 4.0.

Sievlan Len is a second year Master’s student in International Policy with a specialization in Governance and Development at Stanford University. She is also a Knight-Hennessy scholar and a graduate research assistant at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She holds a B.A. in Global Affairs from the American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP). During her undergraduate years, she stayed at the Harpswell Foundation, which she considers a second home. During her junior year of university, she participated in an exchange program at American University in Washington D.C. under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State through the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). She additionally participated in another exchange program at Agnes Scott College under the auspices of the Harpswell Fellowship. Sievlan also interned at the Moulathan Consulting firm and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In 2019 she participated in the Junior Resident Fellow program organized by CKS, where she further sharpened her research skills working on a project that examined Cambodia’s relations with the broader Asia-Pacific region. Sievlan’s current research focuses on migration, foreign policy, and national and sub-national human resource development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Moderator: Samedy Suong, Head of Programs, CKS

Scholarship Programs in the US

Scholarship Programs in other countries

Additional Tips

There are many other universities in the US that may provide scholarships/fellowships to Cambodian scholars, thus, you are encouraged to:

  • Visit the university website which you are interested in
  • Go to their financial aid page where you may find information of available scholarships
  • Choose to be considered for financial aid or scholarship in your application
  • If you are qualified, the university will suggest you the available scholarship that cover your academic and living expense in the US

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