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Grants, fellowships, scholarships, and other funding opportunities geared toward or applicable to Southeast Asia studies.

For a full list of Southeast-Asia related scholarships and fellowships, including UHM-specific funding, see our Scholarships page.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright program is conducting a webinar on Wednesday, October 21st from 3:00-4:30 for scholars, graduate students, and administrators associated with area studies centers. They will cover the many Fulbright funding opportunities available for international research, teaching and projects, and for bringing international scholars to campuses. Fulbright scholarships are available to every Southeast Asian country that welcomes international visitors.

Association for Asian Studies Assist-A-Scholar memberships

If you are a scholar in need and would like to submit your name to receive a one-year AAS membership supported by Assist-A-Scholar funds, please complete this form by October 25, 2021. During the week of October 25, AAS staff will conduct a random drawing of names and award memberships until funding is exhausted. We will then contact recipients with instructions for how to redeem their membership. This drawing is open to all Asian Studies scholars at all career stages (students will be required to submit proof of enrollment if membership is awarded), regardless of citizenship or country of residence. If you are currently an AAS member but would be unable to renew your membership without assistance, please apply—we can extend your membership if your name is selected in the drawing.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans honors the contributions of immigrants and their children to the United States. Each year, 30 awardees are supported in their graduate education experience and receive financial support up to $90,000 for two years. Deadline: October 28, 2021

Four (4) Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Visiting Fellowships 2022

The ANU Malaysia Institute is pleased to announce four (4) Virtual Visiting Research Fellowships beginning in January 2022. The Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Fellowships are short-term (six-months) visiting fellowships for early-career academics (PhD completed after January 2012) based at institutions in Malaysia (2) and Australia (2), who through these positions will undertake research in collaboration with academics at the ANU Malaysia Institute and elsewhere in institutions within the two countries. Deadline: October 30, 2021.

East-West Center Opportunities

UH Mānoa graduate students have the unique opportunity to participate in the East-West Center’s Student Affiliate Program. This is a residential, educational, leadership development, and cultural program open to full-time students. Students from all countries who have a demonstrated commitment to the Asia Pacific region are eligible.

Deadline (for Spring entry): November 1, 2021

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding for graduate students with a commitment to the Asia Pacific region to pursue a graduate degree at UH Mānoa and participate in residential, educational, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center. The fellowship is open to students from the United States and most countries in Asia and the Pacific. It covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, and partial funding towards meals, health insurance, and incidental expenses for up to two years.

Deadline (For AY 22-23): December 1, 2021

Chevening Fellowship “Manuscript Textiles in the Southeast Asian Collections” at the British Library

Calling for applications for a Chevening Fellowship “Manuscript Textiles in the Southeast Asian Collections” at the British Library. Open to candidates from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand who have a degree or work experience in a subject relevant to Southeast Asian textiles and/or Southeast Asian manuscript culture. Deadline: November 2, 2021.

2022 YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

YSEALI is calling for mid-level professional Southeast Asian leaders who want to broaden their professional expertise and enhance their leadership capabilities through an intensive fellowship program with experiences in U.S. public and private sector offices. The YSEALI PFP will be administered in two cycles in 2022. Applications are open from October 1 – November 15, 2021.

ACLS Humanities and Social Sciences Funding

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) supports scholars at all stages (graduate students, distinguished professors, to independent scholars) and in varied disciplines in the Humanities and related Social Sciences. Application deadlines vary by award between October 27 to November 15, 2021.

2022 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Announcing the application for the 2022 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. Applications are due Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by 8:00pm EST.

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship is now accepting applications! This fellowship enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers (ORCs), as well as other countries. Deadline: November 16, 2021.

CKS Dissertation Research Fellowships Program

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) Dissertation Research Fellowships open to US, Cambodian, and French Ph.D. candidates in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. EU citizens holding a degree from a French university may also apply. Deadline: November 30 2021.

CKS Senior Research Fellowships Program

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) Senior Fellowships open to US, Cambodian, and French scholars who already hold a PhD degree in the social sciences and the humanities who seek to pursue further research focusing on Cambodia alone or on Cambodia within a regional context. EU citizens holding a degree from a French university may also apply. Deadline: November 30 2021.

CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship Program

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) Scholar-in-Residence 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. Deadline: November 30 2021.

Singapore Academies ASEAN Fellowship Programme

The Singapore Academies ASEAN Fellowship Programme aims to attract bright postgraduate researchers from ASEAN countries to Singapore research institutions for a 2-year fellowship. Extended deadline: November 30 2021.

CAORC-INYA Short-Term Fellowships for Grad Students in the US conducting Field Research in Myanmar

The Inya Institute announces the 2021 CAORC-INYA Short Term Fellowships competition for research that will contribute to studies on Myanmar in any aspect of its wide linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity and to a better understanding of the country’s past or present political and socio-economic situation. Applicants must be U.S. Graduate Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master’s or Doctoral level) at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or elsewhere. Deadline: December 20, 2021

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Language Study in East/Southeast Asia

The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2022 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar). Deadline: December 30, 2021.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

CFA: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies is calling for new Applications! Deadlines: Fellowships and Grants – November 15, 2021; New Professorships Awards to Institutions and Buddhism Public Scholars – January 11, 2022

PhD Scholarships, Deakin University: Decolonisation and Photography in Southeast Asia: Histories and Legacies

Deakin University is seeking PhD candidates (multiple) to work closely with Associate Professor Susie Protschky on the Australian Research Council project, ‘Decolonisation and Photography in Southeast Asia: Histories and Legacies’. They will have the opportunity to develop their own research program within the parameters of this project.

UH Funding (recurring)

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