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Visiting Scholar and Research Fellowships

The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University is pleased to annnounce the RCSD visiting scholar and non-degree research fellowships for 2006-2007. The fellowships aim to enhance capacity of human resources in the Mekong Region by using social sciences tools in exploring and understanding changes, relationships and complexity of issues such as transborder, resource management, ethnicity, cultural diversity, etc. in the context of regionalized development. It also aims to enhance understanding, information sharing and mutual learning regarding emerging issues of the Mekong Region, linked to a deeper and boarder conceptual understanding and analysis.

The visiting scholar fellowships will be granted to academics, researchers, NGO workers from countries in the Mekong Region who would like to spend time in a dynamic multidisciplinary academic environment at RCSD for a period of three to six months. Fellows will be requested to write working papers based on their research projects and areas of their respective interests.

The non-degree research fellowships will provide the opportunity for interested people who are from both academic and non-academic sectors as such non-governmental organizations and media, etc. to engage in non-degree research under the supervision of RCSD faculty members. The non-degree research will be six months to one year in duration, and will result in a written report based on the research which will be later published as part of RCSD publication series. RCSD will provide continual assistance and practical support regarding the editorial processes.Both fellowships will be open to interested scholars, researchers, NGO workers, and media from countries in the Mekong Region. RCSD will provide support which includes a monthly stipend, traveling costs, health insurance, books and supplies for the visiting scholars. As for non-degree research fellowship, grant will also include monthly stipend, field research expenses and book and supplies.

More information can be obtained from or contact:


Postdoctoral Fellowships at Southeast Asian Studies Program, National University of Singapore

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, invites applications for the above, to be based in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme (http:/\sea\).

The successful candidate will be someone who holds a PhD degree (or is awaiting conferment) and has broad interdisciplinary expertise and research interests in Southeast Asian Studies (including specializations in anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology). The Fellow will work with faculty members in the Department with ongoing research in these and/or related areas.

The terms and conditions for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (FASS-PDF) are as follows:

  1. Contract tenable for one year and renewable, upon review, up to two years, to be awarded on a competitive basis to deserving candidates.
  2. A stipend of S$4,000 per month.
  3. An allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses for non-citizens and their spouses who do not own any property in Singapore and whose spouses are not in receipt of any form of housing benefits from their Singapore employers.
  4. Provident fund benefits for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
  5. Travel Assistance, payable once only, as follows.

    - $2,000 for the Postdoctoral Fellow

    - $2,000 for spouse

    - $1,000 for each child up to a max of 3 children (up to age 18 years and for those of schooling age, in receipt of full-time education)

    The above travel assistance is a contribution towards expenses incurred by the appointee and his/her dependants in re-locating to Singapore. Such expenses refer to costs for travel, packing, transportation and insurance of personal and professional effects as well as settling-in expenses.

    The travel allowance is contingent upon the Postdoctoral Fellow's completion of his/her initial one-year contract. In the event that the appointee does not fulfill the initial one-year contract, the appointee shall be liable to refund the University a proportionate amount of the travel assistance granted to him/her and his/her dependants on appointment.

  6. Foreign PDFs who are granted Singapore Permanent Residence will continue to receive an allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses. The allowance will cease once they acquire Singapore citizenship.
  7. Medical benefits in accordance with the Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) Scheme.
  8. Vacation leave of 28 days per calendar year.
  9. Conference funding support of up to S$3,000 for each term of appointment, following normal approval procedures, to present research papers in local and overseas conferences.
  10. Research funding from the Academic Research Fund (ARF) in the capacity of Co-principal Investigator or Collaborator, subject to NUS guidelines. In outstanding cases, for projects with clear deliverables ending before the expiry of the PDF contract and with strong support by the Head of Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow may apply for research support as Principal Investigator. Research grants are awarded on a competitive basis, depending on the merit of each case.
  11. Research funding under the Faculty's Staff Research Support Scheme, if available.
  12. One month's notice for termination or salary in lieu of notice.

In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to

  • Present at least one seminar a year;
  • Give first right of refusal for at least one publication to a Department/Faculty-produced journal, where appropriate;
  • Contribute to the activities of graduate students;
  • Participate in a joint research project with NUS staff, where appropriate

PDFs may be required to participate in some part-time teaching of up to 3 hours per week without additional pay.

Interested scholars should submit the following by 31 December 2006:

  • An application form (can also be downloaded from the website )
  • Curriculum vitae, with complete list of publications
  • Academic certificates and transcripts
  • 2 letters of reference
  • A detailed research proposal of 4-6 pages (double spaced)

Head, Southeast Asian Studies Programme
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Blk AS3 Level 6, #06-17
National University of Singapore
Singapore 117570
Tel (65) 6516 6338
Fax (65) 6777 6608
Website: http:/\sea\


Research Fellowship Program for Young Muslim Scholars

The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) is pleased to announce the fourth round of the research fellowship program, Islam in Southeast Asia: Views from Within.


  1. Popular Islam
  2. Globalization and Identity Politics
  3. Islam and Changing Gender Realities
  4. Islamic Values, Economic Activities and Social Responsibilites

Eligibility: Nationals of Southeast Asian countries; bachelor's degree; less than 40 years of age; women strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship value: The fellowship includes a research grant of $5,000 and support for participation in mentoring workshops and publication and dissemination of the report.

For more details, please visit the AMAN website:


ASEAN Research Scholars at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

The Asia Research Institute of NUS invites applications from ASEAN citizens (except Singaporeans) enrolled for a fulltime advanced degree at a university in an ASEAN country for consideration as ASEAN Research Scholars. These fellowships are offered to students working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Asian topics, and will allow the recipients to be based at NUS for a 'in residence fellowship' for a period of three months. This is a The aim of the fellowships is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars will be expected to commence on 1 May 2006.

For more details, please visit the ARI website:


Visiting Researchers Program at Walailak University, Southern Thailand

Since 2003, Walailak University's Institute of Liberal Arts has been hosting researches in the fields of Thai and Southeast Asian Studies in the Visiting Researchers Program. The program offers scholars in the aforementioned fields, both academics and graduate students, the opportunity to spend time at Walailak University in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, southern Thailand, working on a research topic. The University provides researchers with office space, computer facilities, Internet and email access, library access, help in hiring research assistants and low-cost accommodation on campus.

Researchers are expected to complete a research paper and present occasional seminars on the state of their research to staff and graduate students within the Institute.

Applications to the program must include a letter of introduction, a brief description of the research project, and Curriculum Vitae. Please send them to:

Visiting Researchers Program
c/o Regional Studies Program
Institute of Liberal Arts
Walailak University
The Sala, Nakhon Sri Thammarat
Email: or

For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Patrick Jory, Program Coordinator.


(Senior) Visiting Fellows, (Senior) Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows, Asia Research Institute

Applications are invited for (Senior) Visiting Fellowships, (Senior) Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (ARI).

The positions are intended for outstanding active researchers from both the Asian region and the world, to bring to completion an important program of research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. Asia as a research field is defined loosely in terms of the region in which Singapore is positioned. Up to three months of a 12-month fellowship can be spent conducting fieldwork in the Asian region.

A majority of the positions will be allocated to the Institutes current areas of research focus, as listed below. However some will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area. Applicants should mention which category they are applying in or if none, write open category.

Terms and conditions

(Senior) Visiting Fellowships have a normative tenure of one year, though shorter periods may be negotiated. A competitive remuneration and benefits package, depending on seniority, will be provided, with (except in exceptional cases) a ceiling of $10,000 a month.

(Senior) Research Fellowships are intended for areas of particular interest to the Institute, and for scholars with at least three years of post-doctoral experience and a significant research profile. Appointments are for two years, with the possibility of extension for a further two. The salary ranges are $42,000 to $95,000 per annum (Research Fellow) and $84,000 to $175,000 per annum (Senior Research Fellow).

Postdoctoral Fellowships Candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD within the last 4 years. The research may be in any field in the humanities and social sciences, extending into legal, commercial and environmental concerns. The salary package is $ 3,500 per month, with a one-time relocation allowance of $2000, and support for fieldwork and conference attendance.

Areas of research focus

  1. The changing family (Prof Gavin Jones) focuses onchanging family forms, roles and structures in Asian societies, as other institutions take over some family functions, low fertility, delayed marriage and longevity transform family composition, and labour market realities and changing gender relations affect internal family dynamics.
  2. Migration (A/Prof Brenda Yeoh) explores the issues arising from increased levels of human mobility in the region, both within and across national borders. Mobility of high-level professional and managerial personnel, labour migration, both documented and undocumented, and human trafficking all raise theoretical and methodological questions and major policy issues, as does the role of migration in urban change.
  3. Religion and Globalisation (Prof Bryan Turner) explores the changing patterns of religious practice, belief and identity in recent times, particularly in Southeast Asia, China and South Asia. The title implies a particular interest in transnational and diasporic interactions, the engagement with modern technologies and values, and new global or glocal forms of identity.
  4. Cultural Studies in Asia (Prof Chua Beng Huat) consciously challenges disciplinary boundaries to address new topics, issues and concerns thrown up by the rapid globalization of contemporary cultures. ARI is interested in new understandings of the everyday life cultural practices of contemporary Asia, as in adaptations of older patterns in literature, and the performing and graphic arts, in rapidly changing contemporary conditions.
  5. Southeast Asia China interactions (Prof Anthony Reid) explores both historical and contemporary themes that are bringing East and Southeast Asia closer together, and is interested in any mix of the political, economic, cultural or social.
  6. Southeast Asian Archeology (A/Prof John Miksic) focuses on a problems connected with early historic sites of Southeast Asia. Major topics include: early trade; urbanization; maritime archaeology; intercommunication between sites; and ceramics as indicators of spheres of cultural and economic interaction.

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) is a university-level institute formed in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). The mission of the Institute is to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region, located at one of its communication hubs. ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined, and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines. Through frequent provision of short-term research appointments it seeks to be a place of encounters between the region and the world. Within NUS it works particularly with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Law and Design, to support research, conferences, lectures, and graduate study at the highest level.

Interested applicants are invited to email/facsimile/mail their curriculum vitae (including details of referees and email), a synopsis of the research project, at least one sample of their published work, and ensure that 2 or 3 referees submit directly to us a report on their academic standing and comment on their research project by 28 February 2005. Send applications and references to the Institute Manager at address below.

Contact Info:
The Institute Manager, Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
AS7, Level 4
5 Arts Link
Singapore 117570
Fax: (65) 6779 1428


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