Funding  Jobs Conferences

This page lists upcoming funding deadlines. For a full list of Southeast-Asia related opportunities see our Scholarships page.

New! – Philippine Studies Group AAS Travel Awards – Apply by Feb. 15

In support of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines, and to increase the participation of junior scholars, the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award for the fourth year.

Summer 2017 Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship – Apply by Feb. 15

The program, held from May 6 – Aug. 19, serves to demonstrate lndonesia’s commitment as an initiator of theestablishment of SouthWest Pacific Dialogue andastheoriginator member of ASEAN in advancing the social culture cooperation in the region. The program also has an objective to encourage better understanding amongst participants from member countries through lndonesia’s immensely diverse arts and cultural heritage. Finally, the program aims to cultivate a culture of cooperation, emerging from direct contact and sharing of cultures amongst people involved in the program, leading to thriving diplomatic relations in the region and worldwide. Basically, all awardees will learn about lndonesian arts and culture in general while staying in the art centers. However, some of the courses will be different in each arts center depending on the local arts and culture.

EWC Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar – Apply by Feb. 21

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is 12-day leadership development program for female business and social entrepreneurs based at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership and innovation as well as potential to affect change in their communities and influence others. Participation is through an open application process.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Awards – UH Mānoa Deadline 2/27

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship and NRF Investigatorship – Apply by Feb. 28

The Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) awards 3 fellowships for young scientists/engineers to research for 5 years at an institution in Singapore. This grant supports a research team comprising at least one post-doctoral fellow and two PhD students, costs of incremental research facilities and consumables. The National Research Foundation fellowship provides funding to promising young scientists from all over the world to conduct research in Singapore. Appointed Fellows have freedom to pursue their own research direction as well as select the host institution they will work in.

U of Hawaiʻi Advanced Study of Khmer Summer Program – Apply by Feb. 28

The Intensive Abroad Program is an intensive six-week training in Khmer language-culture held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The program is administered by Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawai’i, and in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. This program provides students with a “one-of-a-kind” opportunity to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural immersion with all segments of Khmer society. It consists of a structured academic program of seven hours of task-based language instruction and activities every day, five days a week, in addition, the curriculum includes day-long weekend field trips to outlying areas of Phnom Penh and home-stays with Khmer families.

New! – The American Institute for Indonesian Studies Fellowship – Apply by March 1

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are US citizens and wish to pursue their research activities in Indonesia. We are offering a grant of $5,750 for each scholar to conduct research projects in any field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian Studies, with preference given to applications focusing on science and technology, broadly understood; food security, literature, arts and humanities as well as Islamic Studies and/or Indonesia-United States Relations. These grants can be applied toward travel, accommodation and support of research activities in Indonesia.

Freeman-ASIA Study Abroad Scholarship for UGs – Apply by March 1

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applications are now open for Summer 2017 (up to $3,000), Fall 2017 (up to $5,000) or AY 2017-2018 (up to $7,000) awards.

Summer Institute: Islam in Asia at the East-West Center – Apply by March 1

This institute will examine Islamic traditions in South and Southeast Asia. The first three weeks of the program will consider Islam while the final week will review the interplay of Islam and globalization in the context of contemporary Asia. Participants will receive a travel stipend to help defray costs. The program is open to full time faculty at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S., and to non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty.

Carnegie Council Asia Dialogues – Apply by March 1

Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogues program will lead a one-week fact finding trip (site visit) to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during the week of October 16, 2017. The purpose of the trip will be to conduct dialogues with experts and practitioners to explore current issues relating to religion in Indonesian politics and society. Topics of conversation may include: Islam in politics, religious extremism, tolerance and pluralism, civil rights, gender equality, and populism in Asia and the West.

The trip leverages both a global network of scholars and a method of moral inquiry that Carnegie Council has developed over the past several years. Delegates on this trip will be expected to publish at least one article (less than 2,000 words) based on their experience in Indonesia and educational resources provided by Carnegie Council. The articles, which can be published on the Council’s website or elsewhere, will be included in a final Field Guide, which the Council will curate for public education. Other opportunities to present your findings may also occur.

We are now accepting applications from students and professionals under 40 from the United States and East Asia to join this trip as a delegate. Thanks to support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Carnegie Council will cover airfare and hotel expenses of the delegates. Carnegie Council is working with scholars from Indonesian universities to facilitate the dialogues between the delegates and experts, activists, and other members of Indonesian society.


  • Citizen of the United States or from one of the following in East Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam;
  • A student or a professional under 40 years of age;
  • Able to travel to Indonesia during the week of Oct. 16, 2017;
  • Students must identify a professor who can oversee their research project;
  • Have a demonstrated interest in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and/or religion in politics;
  • English proficiency.

Please send your CV and a letter of interest (1,000 words or less) to Amanda Ghanooni ( by March 1, 2017. Your letter should explain: the topic of your independent research project and how traveling to Indonesia will assist that project; your interest in Indonesia and/or Islam; the professor who will oversee your project if you are a student; how your professional experience will relate to this project if you are a young professional.

Carnegie Council’s aim with this project is to foster mutual learning, forge new meaningful relationships across cultural lines, and continue to bring the Council’s ethical dialogue to local communities around the world. Last year, we took a delegation to Japan to examine gender equality, and in 2018 we aim to investigate climate change in the Philippines, so please consider which topic and country is most interesting to you because we want a new group each year. Please feel free to forward our 2017 Asia Dialogues announcement to your peers, colleagues, and institutions.

Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship – Final Application Deadline March 1

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the 2017 – 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region and a signature program of the East West Center.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for UGs – Apply by March 7 for Summer or Fall/AY 2017

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

New! – Fully-Funded Bridging Cultures Initiative for Middle & High School Teachers @ University of Illinois | Apply by March 15

Bridging Cultures offers American secondary school teachers the opportunity to establish relationships with international teachers that will stimulate partnerships and coordinated activities in their respective classrooms. Hosted on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign, the program consists of an intense collaboration between participating American teachers and 20 visiting international secondary educators from the Global Institute for secondary Educators- a U.S. Department of State program.

Trans-Asian Indigeneity/ Summer Institute at Penn State in June 2017 – Apply by March 15

Applications are sought from the humanities and social sciences that examine “Indigeneity” in Asia, Asian America, and Asian diasporic communities across the globe. The organizers are especially interested in the concept’s travels between Asian and western settler societies, or those following the movement’s historical concurrence with the rise of neoliberal political economy and the onset of massive anthropogenic environmental change. Applicants must have completed their PhDs between August 2012 and 2017, or be advanced graduate students completing their dissertations. Travel stipend and housing provided

New!! – Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology Summer School at Leiden University – Apply by March 20

Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the offcial opening of The Asian Library in September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University are hosting a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars.

Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program | Center for Khmer Studies – Apply by March 26

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the American Research Center in Cambodia, is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples. It has a full range of study and research facilities, including the largest publicly accessible research library outside of Phnom Penh with over 12,000 books, journals and other reading materials in English French and Khmer, study carrels for up to twenty fellows, a spacious seminar room and conference hall. Resident fellows will also spend time studying in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.

NEW!! – YSEALI | Professional Fellows Program Apply by April 7

A fully-funded, one-month fellowship to work in a full-time fellowship placement in a US worksite dealing with issues relating to his or her work at home. While there fellows will gain first-hand knowledge about US organizations and institutions and build networks and relationships with US counterparts. Open to citizens of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

New!! – PAAC Study Tours Abroad | 2017 Fall Philippines Study Tour – Apply by April 21

Students will have a chance to explore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of the Philippines on a tour unlike any other. They will visit the historic Intramuros district, learn about organic farming in the countryside of Bulacan, meet students at local schools, and learn about grassroots efforts to combat poverty and inequality. This intense study tour takes an in-depth look at the complex and fascinating threads that bind the contemporary Philippines together.

Program Fee: $2,500 plus airfare. Partial scholarship for qualifying students available!

Rotary Peace Fellowships at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok | Apply by May 31

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship. We believe this opportunity might be of interest to your network! Since 2002, The Rotary Foundation has provided 1000+ social change leaders with peace and conflict resolution education at Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Each year up to 100 fellows are selected to receive full funding to earn either a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies or a master’s degree in a range of disciplines related to peace and security at one of 7 partnering universities. Each Rotary Peace Center offers a unique curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine peace and conflict theory through various frameworks.

New!! – 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Opens – Apply by August 1, 2017

We are excited to announce that the 2018-2019 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2018-2019 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.