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1. Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Small Grant Awards: American Institute for Indonesian Studies

2. Indonesia Research Fellows: Harvard University

3. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships For Language Study Abroad

4. Call for Papers: Southeast Asian Studies Symposium

5. Call for Papers: The Cultural Dynamics of Region Formation in Southeast Asia: Sport, Popular Culture, Literature, Education

6. Call for Abstracts: Growth: Critical perspectives from Asia

7. Dissertation Workshop: Theravada Civilizations Project

8. Center of Lao Studies

9. Volunteer in Asia and Study in Indonesia, VIA

10. Training Program: Indonesian Hinduism: Past, Presence and Manifestations


Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Small Grant Awards

American Institute for Indonesian Studies


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 seven grants of $5,750 each for research in any field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian Studies, with preference given to applications focusing on science and technology, broadly understood; women’s empowerment; food security; and Islamic Studies and/or Indonesia-United States Relations. These grants can be applied toward travel, accommodation and support of research activities in Indonesia.

Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). For further information or to submit an application please consult our website ( or contact American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), Kahin Center for Advanced Studies on Southeast Asia, 640 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850 or email

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Indonesia Research Fellows

Harvard University


Indonesia Research Fellows 2013–14: Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program offering fellowships to Indonesia researchers, academics, and practitioners to pursue independent research at the Ash Center at Harvard University August 2013 to June 2014. Deadline to apply: February 15, 2013. See program website for details

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

For Language Study Abroad


The applications for the 2013-2014 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

National Application Deadlines:
Boren Fellowship: January 31, 2013
Boren Scholarship: February 13, 2013*

*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Call for Papers

Southeast Asian Studies Symposium


Papers focusing on any topic relating to Southeast Asia are welcome. Scholars are urged to submit paper proposals to existing panels. A list of approved panels may be found at  Papers not corresponding to any of the existing panels may be submitted as individual papers. For further information, please visit the symposium website

Deadline: November 25, 2012

Call for Papers

The Cultural Dynamics of Region Formation in Southeast Asia: Sport, Popular Culture, Literature, Education


EuroSEAS Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2-5 July 2013 (Panel 53)

In Southeast Asia as elsewhere, the disciplines of political science, international relations, and economics dominate the study of regionalism and regionalization. Yet studies rooted in history, culture and language offer very different insights into how regions are formed, what their nature is, and more basically what  constitutes a “region.”

Based on case studies of different cultural events, practices, and flows in historical and contemporary fields such as popular culture, sports, literature, and cultural and educational exchange, this panel will examine the relationship between cultural dynamics and regionalism/regionalization in both theoretical and practical terms. We seek papers on themes or case studies that can shed light on questions such as: how has cultural interaction and production given (or sought to give) cultural substance to regionalism (intentional, top-down processes) and regionalization (the increasing density of undirected regional interactions)? What is the comparative importance of state and non-state actors in promoting a cultural sense of “we-ness? ” in Southeast Asia? How might cultural approaches to regional formation differ from, and compliment, existing studies of regional culture and history? And, finally, if we think about economy or security as defining a region, can we think productively about cultural dynamics in the same way?

Please direct abstracts (200-250 words) or inquiries to the panel organizers no later than November 30, 2012, Simon and Nissim Otmazjin

Call for Abstracts

Growth: Critical perspectives from Asia


13-14 June 2013 – Asian Dynamics Initiative – University of Copenhagen

Over the past fifty years we have witnessed phenomenal economic growth in Asia, lifting millions of people out of poverty, and propelling many Asian nations to premier ranks in the global order, but as the social and ecological costs become more apparent, economic and demographic growth looms as both promise and peril.

The concept of growth has not only been central to economic theory and ecological critique, but also to social and cultural theories of societal and civilizational trans-formation that increasingly challenges universalizing Western notions of modernity. This conference critically examines the notion of growth and the ways in which it is shaping social-political landscapes in Asia. We define and question growth in this very broad sense, implying that quantitative changes are inevitably accompanied by qualitative transformations, and paying equal attention to the intricate interconnectedness of naturally occurring growth and human interference as well as to its limitations, stagnation, decline and renewal. Understood in this extended sense, the term and related concepts can be fruitfully used to explore social, economic and cultural processes across time and space within the macro-region of Asia (and beyond) from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Based on this notion of growth not as an autonomous, self-determined entity but as the outcome of close and constant interaction between nature and purposeful human action, at this conference we propose to rethink and scrutinize this concept from an Asian perspective and from multi-disciplinary vantage points – cultural, economic and social.

15 January 2013                Deadline for submitting abstracts
15 February 2013               Notification of acceptance
27 May 2013                      Deadline for submitting paper

Please visit the conference website to read the full call for abstracts

Abstracts including title, name and affiliation should be sent to

Dissertation Workshop

Theravada Civilizations Project


Arizona State University, Tempe/Phoenix, Arizona, March 6, 2013

DEADLINE for proposals: November 30, 2012.

The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive dissertation workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the international meeting of the Theravada Civilizations Project in March 2013 in Arizona.  Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. The South and Southeast Asian diaspora communities as well as the rise in global interest in vipassana meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

The Theravada Civilizations Project  is comprised of scholars from Arizona State University, Bowdoin College, the University of Chicago, Cornell University, the École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Harvard University, the University of Leeds, the University of London,  the University of Louisville, Missouri State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Toronto, the University of Vermont, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin, and in consultation with scholars from a range of other Asian, Australian, and European institutions.  A description of the larger project can be found in Juliane Schober and Steven Collins, “The Theravada Civilizations Project: future directions in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia,” in The Journal of Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 13 (1), May 2012. Since project members and other scholars in the field are based at many different locations, graduate students preparing their dissertations often do not have the opportunity to present and gain detailed feedback on their work from several experts in the field.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and/or post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research, dissertation writing, or revising dissertations for publications; and who are

(2) engaging some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or researching aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.

The workshop will be limited to 6 doctoral students and/or post doctoral academics, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods on themes related to Theravada traditions and communities in Southeast Asia.  It will provide a day of intense discussion, presentation, and close review of dissertation proposals, outlines, and/or draft review on March 6, 2013.

Priority will be given to doctoral candidates at North American universities.

The Theravada Civilizations Project will be able to provide 1,000 US dollars in support for participants to help cover travel and accommodation. Meals will be provided at the workshop. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support.

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal to apply. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations.

Applications consist of two items only:

(1) A current Curriculum Vitae, and

(2) A dissertation proposal, or a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length.

Application materials must reach Ashley Thompson at no later than November 30, 2012. Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions. Applicants will be notified in early January 2013. For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Thompson at the above email address.

Center of Lao Studies


Please see all the new events and programs at the Center of Lao Studies here:
Volunteer in Asia and Study in Indonesia

With one-year programs in six countries throughout Asia and the Indonesia summer program, VIA has a great number of opportunities for those dedicated to effecting real change in Asia and building cross-cultural understanding. With 50 years of experience sending American volunteers to Asia, VIA has a wealth of knowledge about how to make an impact in the communities where we operate. Each year we send 20 to 30 qualified, deeply motivated Americans on our long-term programs.

VIA volunteers create lasting change by teaching English at local institutions and building capacity at grassroots organizations tackling issues from environmental sustainability to anti-trafficking. In addition, VIA offers the opportunity to study in Indonesia through a 4-5 week research and language program that immerses participants in Indonesian culture and contemporary social issues.

Visit our website at to apply today!

Training Program

Indonesian Hinduism: Past, Presence and Manifestations


Hindu University of Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali

For the first time, the Hindu University of Indonesia opens its doors for an international audience and announces the launching of a two-week Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism.

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If you have any inquiries, please write an email to our Program Coordinator Dr Alexandra Landmann at

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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