Category: Graduate

OPPORTUNITIES: Taiwan Ministry of Education Short Term Research Grant

April 12th, 2014

As the concept of the “global village” evolved, Asia has become a focal point in the 21st century. The ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) would like to encourage international students and scholars to undertake 2 to 6 months short term research activities in Taiwan. It also seeks to promote mutual understanding and academic cooperation between Taiwan and the international community.

“The Ministry of Education Short Term Research Award” was established to provide financial assistance to those who are pursuing a Ph.D. degree or Post-Doctoral fellows, whose fields of studies are related to Taiwanese culture, social science, art or its related comparative research areas to conduct their research in Taiwan. The award includes:

1. A monthly research subsidy:

  • NT$25,000 (equivalent of US$830) for PhD award recipients; and
  • NT$40,000 (equivalent of US$1,330) for Post-Doctoral fellows.

2. Airfare subsidy for one round-trip economy-class direct flight between the applicant’s home country and Taiwan.

Interested applicants need to submit a request to a host university in Taiwan or a Ministry of Education (MOE) affiliated research institute, such as the Center for Chinese Studies or the National Educational Research Institute, no later than September 30th each year for the following year’s research project.

Please see below for information related to the qualifications, applications, terms and conditions, and research report form for the award. Please email questions to

Taiwan Research Award Cover TECO

Taiwan Research Award Form

Taiwan Research Award Guidelines


OPPORTUNITIES: Visiting Fellowships for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers on India’s Political Economy

April 1st, 2014

Applications are invited for two visiting fellowships from advanced PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers working on themes related to the political economy of contemporary India. The fellowships are to be held at one of the following institutions: Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley; King’s India Institute, King’s College London or Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR, Mumbai). The visiting fellowships will be of up to one month in duration and worth up to £4000 each. The fellowships are offered under the auspices of a trilateral partnership between the three institutions funded by the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI).

Applicants must be based at a university in India, United Kingdom or the United States, and should propose to spend time at one of the three institutions located in a country other than their place of residence. While in residence, visiting fellows will be invited to make a presentation of their research and to take part in other activities at the relevant institution. Applications should consist of a) a cover letter setting out the candidate’s research and proposed use of the visiting fellowship; b) a full CV; c) a writing sample (of up to 10,000 words). The visit should take place between September 2013-March 2014. Applications should be sent to Dr Louise Tillin ( by the deadline of May 19, 2014(decisions are expected by early June).


Opportunities: Call for Papers: 2013 Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference

November 6th, 2013


February 28 – March 2, 2014

George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

***Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014***

OVERVIEW: The Cornell Southeast Asia Program invites submissions for its 16th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held February 28 – March 2, 2014 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Tom Pepinsky from the Department of Government at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts from graduate students who have completed original research related to any of the areas in Southeast Asia. Submissions are welcome from all fields of study and on any topic or time period. The theme for this year’s conference is “Southeast Asia in the Disciplines.” Throughout the past few decades in many segments of academia, an emphasis has been placed on the concept of interdisciplinarity within the politics of knowledge production. While recognizing the importance of interdisciplinarity in Southeast Asian Studies, we would like to step back to better understand how scholars approach the study of Southeast Asia from within their respective disciplines. We are particularly interested in papers that reflect on the ways that a presenter’s particular research engages with and/or critiques knowledge production from the vantage of their particular discipline, with a focus on research methods and methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and understandings of socio-cultural, political, environmental, and economic processes. The conference seeks to showcase new projects in Southeast Asian Studies and to encourage vigorous dialogue between graduate students and faculty.

The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review all abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid the process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract.
Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 15. All accepted papers will be rigorously reviewed for potential submission to SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. If selected, we will work with you to further prepare the paper for submission.

A limited number of modest travel allowances may be available for those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions first. Please indicate along with your abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegiate engagement, all presenters are requested to attend the entire conference.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Please submit abstracts to the following email address: All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format. Do not send a .pdf. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, johnsmith.doc for John Smith’s abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information.


– Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address

– Title of paper

– Paper topic or keywords

– The abstract (maximum of 250 words)

– Expectations of Funding Needs


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2014

Confirmation of Attendance Deadline: January 22, 2014

Full Papers Due: February 15, 2014

Please contact with any questions.


Opportunities: Call for Applications: China Studies

October 15th, 2013



The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is offering the Predissertation-Summer Grants through the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies.

Predissertation grants provide funding for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. The grants are for graduate students—with a Ph.D. prospectus in hand or developing one—to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for their own fieldwork or archival research.

More information on these grants, including the application form, is available at

The deadline for applications is November 12, 2013.

Please see the 2012 Predissertation Grantees here.

Please send all inquiries to


Post Doctoral Fellowships in South Asian Studies AY 2014-2015

September 9th, 2013

The South Asian Studies Council (SASC) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for post-doctoral positions at Yale University for AY 2014-2015. The Council expects to make one or two appointments. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to modern and contemporary South Asia, in the humanities or social sciences.

All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one SA-related language and fluency in English; and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. The post-doctoral fellow will teach one course in each of two terms related to his/her interests, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the South Asian Studies Council. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; names and contact information of two references. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 – $60,000, depending on rank and seniority of the selected individual, and health coverage.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on January 10, 2014 and continuing until the selections are final.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Academic Jobs On-Line. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below:

Ms. Kasturi Gupta
Program Manager
South Asian Studies Council
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
34 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206



OPPORTUNITY: 2 Junior Research Group Leader Positions with the University of Heidelberg

August 15th, 2013

In the context of the excellence initiative II of the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research in Germany the Ruprecht-Karls- University of Heidelberg is looking for the implementation of the institutional strategy: „Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University“ in the area of Transcultural Studies for two Junior Research Group Leaders.

The university is looking for outstanding young scholars to build up and independently lead a group of young researchers working towards a PhD degree in the following four thematically related fields:

  • Cultural Heritage and Shaping of Traditions (Focus: Cultural Studies and/or Art History)
  • Designs of Life and Configurations of Order in Different Cultures (Focus: Cultural Studies and/or History)
  • Interpretations of World, Society, and History in the World Religions (Focus: Cultural Studies, History, Study of Religion, Theology)
  • Transcultural Flows: Reciprocities and Asymmetries (Focus: Cultural Studies, Philologies, Geography)


  • an above average PhD dissertation
  • outstanding publications
  • Experience in international research and
  • Experience in the organization of larger cooperative projects or of large congresses is highly desirable

Aims of the implementation of the two junior research groups:

  • experiment with the creation of new structures of staff and hierarchy in the arts and cultural studies;
  • develop a new area of concentration of research in the humanistic studies which will interpret central questions of culture, religion, society and history;
  • connect the existing area studies with their geographic emphasis on Asia, Europe and the Americas in a new way.

The Junior Research Group Leaders will be engaged from January 1st, 2014

The Junior Research Group Leaders will have the right to supervise PhD students and to evaluate their dissertation (Promotionsrecht). The teaching load will be four hours per week during term time. The salary level is (at the least) TV-L E15. Junior Research Group Leaders will be appointed until 31.10.2017. The positions are subject to continuous evaluation. Positions within the research groups are also temporary with a maximum time allotment of three years for PhD students (2 PhD students, salary level TV-L E13/2).

The application should contain a CV, list of publications and courses given, copies of certificates and an exposé of the Junior Research Group Leader’s proposed project as well as a description of the thematic focus and of the intended interdisciplinary composition of the potential group of young researchers (up to 10 pages) will have to be handed in by September 15th to:

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Transcultural Studies
Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning
Marstallstraße 6
D-69117 Heidelberg.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The NEW Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies

June 1st, 2013

Offered in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the grants reflect the Foundation’s belief in Buddhism’s relevance to contemporary issues.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Working with the Foundation, ACLS will offer an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS will organize competitions for Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Professorships.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.

“We are honored to partner with the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “The humanities study how people create and convey meaning; the study of religions is thus one of the core concerns of the humanities. This new initiative will help bring Buddhist studies to the center of academic inquiry worldwide.”

“We are committing substantial resources to strengthening the teaching and study of Buddhism in modern society, supporting outstanding scholars and institutions worldwide. This is an important step towards realizing my family’s vision of developing a Buddhist Learning Network to further the study of Buddhist philosophy and broaden its impact in the twenty-first century,” said Robert Y.C. Ho, chairman of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation.

Dissertation Fellowships assist advanced graduate students at a critical point in their academic careers, helping them accelerate progress to the degree and prevent attrition in later stages of doctoral study. This one-year fellowship will allow Ph.D. candidates to devote full time to preparing dissertations.  The fellowship period may be used for fieldwork, archival research, analysis of findings, or for writing after research is complete.

Postdoctoral Fellowships enable scholars early in their careers to establish scholarly credentials and strengthen their research records. This is especially valuable in emerging fields, where those just starting out often break new ground. These two-year fellowships provide funding that will allow recent recipients of the Ph.D. to revise the dissertation into a publishable manuscript or to begin the first new project after completion of the Ph.D. degree.

Collaborative research grants foster interdisciplinary scholarship at a time when more and more contemporary issues cannot be adequately addressed by a single discipline. Recently, scholars across the university have shown a growing interest in the intellectual wealth of Buddhist studies and a desire to work with Buddhist studies specialists.

These grants will support work that may be interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary.  International and multilingual projects are encouraged.  Especially welcome are projects that relate several traditions in Buddhist studies to each other or that relate scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.

Visiting professorships in Buddhist studies enable universities without programs in the field to explore the contributions it could make to their institutions.  Institutions with existing programs of Buddhist Studies may strengthen their curricula and research capacity.  Institutions without such programs may accept a visiting professor as a means of exploring the contribution this field could make to the institution’s portfolio.  These grants will allow universities and colleges to host accomplished scholar-teachers in Buddhist Studies as visiting professors for one semester or one academic year.

Application guidelines and more information are available at

Please send all inquiries to



ANNOUNCEMENT: BU Global Programs announces the first India Essay Prize contest! WIN $500!

April 9th, 2013


India Essay Prize
Prize: $500 Award
Who: All BU Students
Deadline: April 28, 2013

As part of Boston University’s India Initiatives, and to celebrate the BU-India Symposium on May 10, 2013, BU Global Programs announces the India Essay Prize contest for the best student essay submitted by a BU student on an Indian topic.  We want to celebrate India through good writing, thus all topics relevant to India – cultural history, scientific achievement, philosophical ideas or other areas – may be submitted.  The Essay Prize is for nonfiction prose and we welcome entries that inform, delight, teach and highlight an aspect of India in the form of personal or academic essays, research papers, commentary or biography.  Any student enrolled at BU is eligible to enter – undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time.

Essays should be less than 1,500 words (3 to 5 pages) and be submitted online per the submission guidelines below.  Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff and/or professional writers.

  • One winner will receive a $500 award;
  • The winner will be publicly announced on May 10, 2013 at the BU-India Symposium; and
  • The winning submission will be featured on the BU Global Programs website.

Guidelines for Eligibility and Submission

  1. The deadline for submission is midnight, Sunday, April 28, 2013.
  2. All BU students (undergraduate or graduate; part-time or full time) are eligible;
  3. Entries may be nonfiction prose only, and be less than 1,500 words, typed double-spaced in Arial font;
  4. Add your BU student ID# on the top left corner of the essay (the student’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the essay page itself).  Names should appear on the submission form only;
  5. Students may submit multiple entries, each with a new submission form;
  6. Entries written for classes or as part of undergraduate theses are eligible (however, works that have been previously published are not eligible);
  7. The winning essay will be featured on the BU Global Programs website and used for promotion in other media for BU Global Programs. The student will retain copyright.

For further questions and information, please contact Deepti Nijhawan, Director, India initiatives, BU Global Programs at


AIIS Research Fellowship Programs

March 21st, 2013

For more than 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

  • Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.
  • Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree.
  • Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.

The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.

Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Smithsonian Institution. Some fellowships for non-U.S. citizens and artists are supported by AIIS Rupee funds in India. Fellowships for six months or more may include support for dependents.

Visit for more information and application.


OPPORTUNITY: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition for Boston University Students: China, Latin America, and Sustainable Development

March 20th, 2013

The Pardee Center would like to remind you of an opportunity and upcoming deadline for Pre-Doctoral students as part of the Global Economic Governance Initiative, a joint program between BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Center for Finance, Law and Policy, and the Center for International Relations.

Applicants are sought for a pre-doctoral fellowship position examining the social and environmental impacts of China in Latin America. The successful candidate will be a PhD student in Geography, Economics, or Political Science who has completed his/her comprehensive examinations and is open to conducting a dissertation on China in Latin America. The person must be fluent in Spanish, though Portuguese speakers will also be considered. Successful candidates will also demonstrate proficiency in quantitative analysis, environment and development policy, and have an interest in Latin America. Successful candidates will also need to demonstrable organizational skills and the ability to write clearly and accessibly. Knowledge of the political economy of China is a plus.

The successful candidate will receive a stipend at the GRS Teaching Fellow rate. The fellowship will begin during the summer of 2013 and last for one academic year. The fellowship could be renewed for one extra year based on merit. Supervisor for this fellowship is Kevin P. Gallagher, Associate Professor of International Relations.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter demonstrating interest and appropriateness for the position to with the subject line PRE-DOC FELLOWSHIP and your last name (e.g., PRE-DOC FELLOWSHIP SMITH). The submission deadline is Friday, March 22, 2013.