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Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2024 before 5.00 PM Cambodia Time ​


The Center for Khmer Studies Scholar-in-Residence Program offers one long-term fellowship to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on Cambodian history, society and culture, politics, arts, economics, and other topics related to Cambodia, as well as to promote and facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars and practitioners at the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS).

This long-term fellowship provides a competitive remuneration to support one postdoctoral scholar/ researcher who works at the Center as the Scholar in Residence (SR) for a period of 6 months to 1 year. Funding for this program comes from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Only U.S. citizens may apply.

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Additional Program Information

The SR is provided with individual office space, in addition to full access to CKS research facilities including our extensive library collections. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, the SR will engage with other scholars and students in an ongoing interdisciplinary exchange to promote the sharing of knowledge and ideas through weekly seminars and other activities. The SR is expected to devote their time to research and writing as well as to develop academic programming with other CKS scholars and staff. While in residence, the SR is immersed in and is part of the vibrant intellectual life of the Center of Khmer Studies through its public events, workshops, panels, screenings, and interactions with staff and visitors. 

These long-term fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of residence at CKS in Siem Reap. While the SR may not hold other employment in Cambodia during the residence, they are encouraged to supplement their stipend with funding from their home institutions or other non-residential fellowships or grants.

The Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship is intended for scholars who require extensive, on-site research in Cambodia and whose research will benefit from the resources of CKS’s library. The SR is expected to be in full-time residency at the Center in Siem Reap during the award period and to participate in, and contribute to, relevant workshops, seminars, lectures, and conferences.

Research projects should be in the humanities or social sciences with a focus on Cambodia.

CKS Fellow Benefits

All CKS Fellows are provided direct funding for their research, access to CKS resources, as well as in-country logistical support and contacts. The CKS library also provides free access to JSTOR for its Fellows.

Description of Project

In no more than 10 single-spaced pages the applicant should provide a detailed description of the proposed study, including but not restricted to the following elements:

  • A description of the topic under consideration with specific reference to the major questions, problems, and theories being investigated.
  • An outline of the research plan.
  • A description of research methodology.
  • Foreign language competence.
  • The final objectives and expected results of the project.
  • The importance of the project to its larger field of study.
  • Plans for publications, lectures, exhibitions etc. should be included.

Selection Criteria

Applications to the Scholar-in-Residence fellowship program will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The qualifications of the applicant.
  • The quality and feasibility of the research plan.
  • The importance of the proposed project to the applicant’s research field and to Cambodia and CKS.
  • The likelihood that the project will be completed successfully.
  • The provisions for making the results of the project available to scholars and to the public at large.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with CKS staff and other researchers.

Application Instructions

 A complete application must include:

  •  A description of the proposed research project (not more than 10 single-spaced pages).
  • A CV limited to 3 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from scholars familiar with the project to be sent directly from recommenders by email to the below address.

Please send a description of your research project (not more than 10 single-spaced pages), your CV (not more than 3 pages), and a cover letter to [email protected]. Please indicate in the title of your email, Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship Program.

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