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Here are some recent job announcements, fellowships, conferences and other opportunities that may be of interest. Please scroll down to view complete information.


  1. Senior Academic Advisor: Environmental Policy and Science Position at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  2. Manager Position: US-ASEAN Business Council Office, Singapore
  3. Fall Student Volunteer, United States Department of the Treasury, Washington DC
  4. Tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Southeast Asian History, Ohio University


  5. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the NWO Project Buddhism and Social Justice, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, the Netherlands
  6. Scholarships to Attend the Annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium: From Village and Court to Global Commodity, 12-13 October 2013, Washington DC
  7. Fellowships at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS)
  8. Ph.D. & Senior Fellowships for Research in Cambodia for U.S Scholars, Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Workshops/Conferences/Calls for Papers

  9. Vietnamese Identities: A Pre-AAS Workshop at Temple University, 26 March 2014 (Travel Grants Available)


1. Senior Academic Advisor: Environmental Policy and Science Position at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

More Information: http://employment.harvard.edu/ and http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/Programs/Institute-for-Asia/Vietnam
Contact: Ben Wilkinson (bhwilkinson@gmail.com)

The Senior Academic Advisor, Environmental Policy and Science (the Advisor) will lead the development of innovative teaching and research activities at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) focused on the environmental challenges facing Vietnam and the other countries of the Lower Mekong Region (including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar). This multidisciplinary initiative will draw upon the insights of the social, natural, and applied sciences. It will be pursued through the Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI), a new initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The Advisor will serve as the founding director of the LMPPI.

The Advisorís primary duties include:
Setting the academic agenda of the LMPPI. Working in collaboration with FETP faculty and the leadership of the Vietnam Program, the Advisor will determine the research and teaching agenda of the LMPPI. The Advisor will identify a set of specific policy problems for the LMPPI to address and will develop a plan for implementing this agenda in conformity with the deliverables agreed to in the LMPPI cooperative agreement. It is expected the Advisor will lead the LMPPIís research program. The Advisor will also develop teaching modules for inclusion in both FETPís flagship Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program as well as in the LMPPIís executive education offerings. As a member of FETPís faculty, the Advisor will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of FETP and to support FETPís primary academic activities including the MPP program and policy dialog initiatives.
Spearheading the development of LMPPI human resources. The Advisor will work with the leadership of the Vietnam Program to design and implement a human resource plan for the LMPPI. This may include a search for fulltime faculty. The Advisor will also be expected to identify a network of affiliates to participate in the LMPPIís teaching, research, and policy dialog programs. This knowledge network will include scientists, scholars and practitioners from the public and private sectors from Vietnam, the United States, and the other countries of the Lower Mekong Region. The Advisor will also participate in the process of selecting and convening the LMPPI Advisory Committee.
Representing FETP and the Harvard Vietnam Program at academic and policy conferences. The Advisor is expected to participate in conferences and workshops relevant to the mission of the LMPPI in order to elevate the Initiativeís profile and establish linkages with the larger academic and policy community concerned with issues related to the environmental economic and social impacts of ecological change in the Lower Mekong Region.
Participating in the next phase of FETPís development. The Advisor will participate in the design and implementation of FETPís strategic development plan including the establishment of an independent academic institution in Vietnam that can acquire FETPís human and knowledge resources. In this capacity the Advisor will work with FETP and Vietnam Program colleagues as well as with external stakeholders in Vietnam and the United States.
Participating in program administration and development. While the Advisor is primarily focused on substantive issues of program implementation and development, he is expected to participate in the administration of the LMPPI. These duties may include but are not limited to contributing to the fulfillment of donor reporting requirements and liaising with donor representatives. The Advisor may also be asked to work with the Vietnam Program leadership to pursue additional funding sources for the LMPPI and related Program activities.


2. Manager Position: US-ASEAN Business Council Office, Singapore

Online Announcement: http://www.usasean.org/about/jobs/manager-singapore

The US-ASEAN Business Council is pleased to announce the opening of the new position of Manager - Singapore in the Council's Singapore office. The position will report directly to the Council's Regional Managing Director Kathy Santillo.

The Councilís position of Manager is based in Singapore and leads the Councilís programs and initiatives pertaining to specific industry sectors represented by the Councilís members. Currently, those industry sectors focus on the food and agriculture sector as well as the infrastructure sector. The successful candidate will identify partnership opportunities with relevant stakeholders including the U.S. government, ASEAN governments and other trade/sector-specific organizations and associations. S/he will also identify, monitor and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting those stakeholders. S/he is expected to have some contacts in pertinent government ministries throughout Southeast Asia and the ability to develop and grow those contacts further. In addition, s/he is expected to develop contacts with leading business executives, academics, think tank leaders and the media in Singapore and throughout the region. S/he will also support the efforts of the Councilís Singapore program, and will interact regularly with the leadership of the Councilís Committees on Food & Agriculture, Infrastructure and Singapore, and with the Washington, DC-based liaison as well as with representatives of the Councilís member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States. S/he will also provide support to the membership teamís goals of expanding the Council, with specific focus on the agriculture and infrastructure sectors, and assist in the retention of current Council members, potential upgrades and recruitment of new members.

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@usasean.org, clearly stating in the subject line which position you are applying for.

3. Fall Student Volunteer, United States Department of the Treasury, Washington DC

Application Deadline: 30 August 2013
More Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/348419900

This position is open to US citizens only.

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated students to participate in the Fall Student Volunteer program. Students will be exposed to the Federal work environment and will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Department of the Treasury as well as the Intelligence Community.

Student volunteers must possess a desire to learn about government and public policy as well as support OIA’s mission. Applicants should clearly demonstrate their ability to support OIA’s mission according to their backgrounds and skill sets. They will potentially engage on topics ranging from sanctions and illicit finance to information-sharing and organizational support. They will perform a variety of tasks relating to or in support of activities in the areas of intelligence, sanctions, illicit and terror finance, security, international economics, policy, and international affairs. Depending on qualifications, student volunteers may support the exercise of Treasury authorities through intelligence analysis, security efforts, and/or information-sharing activities. They may also perform duties related to knowledge management, graphic design, information technology, foreign language translation, or human resources.


4. Tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Southeast Asian History, Ohio University

Application Deadline: 1 December 2013
Online Announcement: https://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/7240
For More Information Contact Ingo Trauschweizer at trauschw@ohio.edu

The Department of History at Ohio University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the history of modern Southeast Asia. Applicants must have a strong record of research, high proficiency in at least one Southeast Asian language, and an agenda for future scholarly achievement. The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-division courses in Southeast Asian History and survey courses in World History, as well as teach and advise History MA and PhD students and MA students in the Asian Studies Program. Ohio University was the first U.S. institution to teach Southeast Asian history and is home to one of North America’s preeminent Southeast Asia library collections.

Teaching load is two courses per semester.

Please complete the online application and attach required documents. Required documents include a detailed cover letter, CV, a short writing sample, and sample syllabi. For references, applicants will be asked to key-in contact details for at least three (3) reference providers who will receive an email invitation to complete a letter of reference using an online quicklink. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by December 1, 2013.

5. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the NWO Project Buddhism and Social Justice, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, the Netherlands

Online Announcement: http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappelijke-functies/13-249-postdoc-position-in-the-nwo-project-buddhism-and-social-justice.html
Application Deadline: As soon as possible

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a One Year full-time position (Post-doctoral Fellow) in the field of Buddhist Studies, to begin as soon as possible.

Duties and responsibilities:
We seek a Post-Doctoral Fellow with excellent qualifications to work in the NWO Project Buddhism and Social Justice. Specialization is open, but the applicant should focus her/his work on the general subject area of the project. The project is ongoing (see http://www.BuddhismAndSocialJustice.com), with the One Year vacancy made possible by the departure of a present Post-doc fellow for a tenured appointment elsewhere. Applicants should have a demonstrably excellent academic track record in Buddhist Studies, and hold a PhD in Buddhist Studies or a related field, or its equivalent. They should have an excellent command of English and be prepared to present their research results in English. Within the one year time frame, the successful candidate should engage in research, prepare at least one article for publication, and participate in the project’s upcoming international conference.

What we offer:
 The position is for one year with a full-time appointment. The salary is determined in accordance with the current scales as set out in the collective labour agreement for the Dutch universities (CAO): min. € 2.427, max. € 3.491, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

For more information about the position please contact Prof. dr. J.A Silk, tel. +31-71-527-2510, email j.a.silk@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Please note that applications should not be sent directly to Prof. Silk.

How to apply:
 Candidates please send your application (in English), including:
• a cover letter stating your motivation for this position, and proposed project
• a CV,
• copies of your academic transcripts,
• a copy of your PhD thesis and other relevant publications,
• the names and contact information for three referees.

These items should preferably be submitted in a single PDF document called “Family Name-Given Name-13-249.” Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. A telephone (or Skype) interview may be part of the selection procedure.

Please *send your application* electronically, indicating the vacancy number to vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl. All application materials should be sent in pdf format. If it is not possible for you to submit an electronic application, you may mail your materials, citing the vacancy number, to:
M. van Asperen
Leiden University
PO Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands


6. Scholarships to Attend the Annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium: From Village and Court to Global Commodity, 12-13 October 2013, Washington DC

Application Deadline: 30 August 2013
More Information Regarding the Scholarships: http://www.textilemuseum.org/symposium/index.html#Student
More Information Regarding the Symposium: http://www.textilemuseum.org/symposium/

The Textile Museum is pleased to offer ten scholarships for this year’s annual Fall Symposium, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles,” October 1213, 2013.

Undergraduate and graduate students in Southeast Asian studies, art history, anthropology, or a textile-related course of study are invited to apply. The scholarship will cover the cost of symposium registration for each recipient, it is not a cash award.

The Textile Museum believes that this scholarship opportunity at its annual symposium is a tangible way to express the museum’s commitment to academic leadership in textile research and will ensure that the next generation of textile experts receives the unique and in-depth knowledge that can only come at a conference such as this.


7. Fellowships at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS)

Application Deadline: 1 October 2013

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is an Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Building on the structures established by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," it is open to scholars especially in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Founded in April 2013, the HCTS assembles scholars from all over the world to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue and to enhance their understanding of transcultural processes. The Centre offers a Master's and a Doctoral Programme in Transcultural Studies.

In addition to five permanent fellows (the HCTS professorships in Transcultural Studies), a group of senior and junior fellows is invited each year to join the HCTS to pursue their own research and to engage in discussions with other fellows as well as graduate students around a common theme. Fellows can choose to be in residence in Heidelberg for a period ranging from between six months to two academic years.

The HCTS now welcomes applications (beginning on March 1st, 2014, or September 1st, 2014): 3 Visiting Fellowships are available to scholars worldwide.

In 2014-15, fellows at the HCTS are invited to pursue their own research, with a suggested focus on one of the following three themes:
1. Detours-Mediated Circulations of Knowledge; 2. Transcultural Exchanges in a Pre-modern World; 3. Urban Spaces

Researchers working on all historical periods, all regions of the world and from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply and to develop new, innovative ways to pursue their research from a transcultural perspective. Group applications are welcome. Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed within or outside the University who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the programme themes, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to intellectual life at the HCTS.

Application Procedure:
The application deadline is October 1, 2013. The application (in German or English) consists of two (2) items and should be submitted in electronic format (single PDF File):
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Research proposal (maximum of 1500 words)

To apply for a fellowship, please submit these materials as a single PDF file to the Acting Director, Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler, at application-hcts-fellows@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de.

For further Information, please see: hcts-fellows.uni-hd.de, or contact Dr. Isabel Gallin, General Manager, HCTS, at info-hcts-fellows@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de.

8. Ph.D. & Senior Fellowships for Research in Cambodia for U.S Scholars, Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Application deadline: 17 November 2013
More information on CKS Fellowships: http://khmerstudies.org/fellowships/

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, invites applications from U.S. scholars in all disciplines, who wish to conduct research in Cambodia. Ph.D. fellowships are for a maximum of eleven months for doctoral dissertation research. Senior long-term (6 to 9 months) and short-term fellowships (4 to 6 months or less) are for scholars who already hold a Ph.D. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens only.

Application forms are available at: http://khmerstudies.org/fellowships/usa-fellowships/

Center for Khmer Studies
Wat Damnak
Siem Reap, Cambodia

9. Vietnamese Identities: A Pre-AAS Workshop at Temple University, 26 March 2014 (Travel Grants Available)

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 October 2013

The AAS conference will be in Philadelphia next March, and Temple University’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society proposes, with support from VSG, to hold a pre-conference workshop at Temple (located a short train or subway ride away from the conference site). The primary aim of this workshop will be to permit grad students pursuing research on some aspect of Vietnamese Studies to present their work.

With this goal in mind, we are organizing a loosely structured workshop, with four panels to be pulled together by the organizers. The topic – Vietnamese Identities – is designed to encourage scholars from a variety of disciplines, studying a variety of time periods, to submit proposals. We would like to receive your abstracts of from 200 to 300 words no later than October 15, along with a CV. Scholars not presenting at AAS will receive priority as we create the panels. Please send copies of your abstract and CV electronically to both David Biggs (Dbiggs@ucr.edu) and Sophie Quinn-Judge (quinnjud@temple.edu).
VSG can make travel awards to grad students and financially challenged individuals to attend. Our typical travel grant, a check not requiring receipts etc (i.e. a grant not a reimbursement) is $300 - $400. The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society at Temple will be able to provide lodging for the Tuesday and Wednesday nights, preceding AAS. We will also provide meals to all paper presenters during the workshop.

VSG is NOT in a position to offer honoraria and AAS does NOT want to handle reimbursing travel or venture into booking. Those traveling from afar who need $$ (don't have travel funds, junior or senior scholars) can apply for a VSG travel grant. It is expected that they be members in good standing. We award those checks at the VSG Annual Meeting. It is expected that participants at AAS or the pre-conference Workshop make their own travel arrangements. 


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. 53706
Tel: 608.263.1755 / Fax: 608.263.3735
Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu