Senior Research Fellowships

The Center for Khmer Studies provides in-country research fellowships for U.S., Cambodian, and French scholars and doctoral students on a yearly basis. 

  • U.S. Research Fellowship Program is funded by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers through the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • French Research fellowships are funded by the Scaler Foundation and administered in partnership with the Paris-based Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO).

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.

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Senior Fellowship Program

Deadline: November 15, 2019


The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) provides in-country research fellowships for U.S., Cambodian, and French scholars (or EU citizens holding a French degree) and doctoral students on a yearly basis.

CKS senior research Fellows are given direct funding for their research, access to CKS in-country resources, and provided with logistical support and contacts while in-country.

Senior Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to pursue further research focusing on Cambodia only, or Cambodia within a regional context.

Scholars can pursue research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Southern China) provided that part of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.

CKS offers three possibilities

  • Ph.D. Dissertation Research Fellowships: Ph.D. fellowships are available for a maximum of 11 months for doctoral dissertation research. Only PhD candidates are eligible for this fellowship.
  • Senior Long-Term Research Fellowships: This fellowships are available from 6 to 11 month research (for U.S and Cambodian) and up to 9month research (for French). The fellowships are open for scholars who already hold a PhD degree.
  • Senior Short-Term Research Fellowships: This fellowships are available up to 4 month research (for U.S and Cambodian) an open for scholars who already hold a PhD degree.

Criteria for Evaluation

The Selection Committee will assess each application on the basis of the project description, the candidate’s academic and/ or professional record and the quality of references. Members of the Selection Committee represent different academic disciplines, so the applicant must explain the nature and significance of the project in terms understandable to a non-specialist audience.

Research Topics

Please note, CKS is also interested in the following research topics which you may consider for your application.

This fellowship will fund four months of ethnographic field research in Svay village, to conduct interviews with elders to confirm data from long-term ethnographic research in one community across 60 years. May Ebihara was one of only two anthropologists to conduct ethnographic village studies in pre-war Cambodia; Ebihara did her fieldwork in Svay village in southern Kandal province in 1959-60. Dr. Ebihara’s doctoral dissertation: Svay: A Khmer Village in Cambodia was recently published as a book for the first time. CKS is currently undertaking the translation of this classic ethnography into Khmer. What remains to be completed is a book length manuscript on life in the village across the dramatic events of the second half of the 20th century and the reconstruction of social life in the aftermath of the devastation of those years. The plan developed for this manuscript is to focus on the lives of approximately a dozen individuals across six main families in the village, telling their individual stories across the 60-year era and weaving together the lives of the key families to tell the history of the village. The applicant plans to review the historical data, travel to Cambodia to conduct additional interviews with surviving elders and then write the manuscript. The study will be an important contribution to the literature on Cambodia; it will constitute the only long-term study of a single village from before the war years to the present. New historical data have become available on the war years because of the release of US government records, particularly on the bombing of Cambodia. She now has newly available data on specific bombing missions conducted in the Svay region in the early 1970s. By looking at the lives of individuals across the maelstrom, it will enrich our knowledge of changing social relations, kinship/family relations, local level leadership, gender relations, and religion in daily life.

In modern Cambodia, as in other parts of Southeast Asia, Buddhist prophesies about the inevitable decline of the Buddha’s teachings (Dhamma), the end of religion and the appearance of the next buddha have served as powerful and pervasive responses to social turmoil, violence and changes in socio-political order. When Religion Ends: Buddhist Prophetic Temporality in Cold War Southeast examines the importance of these Buddhist ideas of time and history during two critical periods of the Cold War period in Cambodia, arguing for their importance in the decolonizing Theravāda world in relation to nation- building, regional Buddhist networks, and anti-communism, and as a way of ordering and interpreting the traumatic violence of the 1970s Khmer Rouge genocide and ensuing civil war. The archives and libraries she will be consulting in Cambodia contain historical documents and other materials (such as film reel, photographs and images) that are not available outside of Cambodia.

Research proposals that would address Sustainable Urban Development (Resilience, Vulnerability, Mobility, Smart cities etc.), Transitioning Economies (Low Middle Income Country to Middle Income Country status), Microfinance, debt and livelihoods (rural and peri-urban areas), Social Entrepreneurship and impact investing, or adopt a Behavioral Sciences research focus, are also welcomed.

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CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

Deadline: August 31, 2019


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.

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.

Please send a description of your research project (not more than 10 single-spaced pages), your CV (not more that 3 pages), and a cover letter to not later than 30th July 2019 (Cambodia time). Please indicate in the title of your email, Application for the Scholar-in-Residence program.

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.

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.

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.

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