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Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship

Deadline: To be announced


The CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship program offers one long-term fellowship annually to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, economics, and other topics related to Cambodia, as well as to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary knowledge exchange 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 for a period of 6 months to a year. Funding for this program comes from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and only U.S. citizens may apply. Selected fellow can choose to begin their term following selection.

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Additional Program Information

Fellow is provided with individual office space and equipment, in addition to full access to CKS research facilities including its extensive research library. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows also engage in an ongoing interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, sharing their research with others in a weekly work-in-progress seminar. While in residence, fellows are exposed to the vibrant intellectual life of the Center of Khmer Studies through its public events, workshops, panels, screenings, etc.

These long-term fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of residence at CKS. Fellow is expected to devote their time to research and writing as well as to develop academic programming with other CKS scholars and staff. While scholars should not be employed 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 if possible within the CKS library. Fellow is expected to be in full-time residency at the Center during the award period – except when their research takes them to other parts of the country – and to participate in and contribute to relevant workshops, seminars, lectures, and conferences.

Funded research projects should be in the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, technology, education, urban sustainability, or environmental sciences.

CKS Fellow Benefit

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 Senior 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.

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.

Please email materials and a cover letter to [email protected], subject line  Application – Scholar-in-Residence Program.

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