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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. International Crisis Group Program Director, Asia
  2. FRIAS Research Focus Fellowships, University of Freiburg
  3. Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Emory University
  4. Washington D.C. Semester in International Affairs (Undergraduates)
  5. Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment Internship, Thailand


  6. SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Student Fellowship

Conferences/Calls for Papers/Information Sessions

  7. Call for Papers: The Vietnam Studies Group 2014 Graduate Paper Prize Competition
  8. Call for Papers: 25th Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 2-4 April 2014
  9. Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) International Conference: Chiang Mai University, 15-16 February 2014

1. International Crisis Group Program Director, Asia

Application deadline: 11 December 2013
Submit applications to: open.positions@crisisgroup.org
Contract type: Permanent, full-time

The International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization with some 130 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

Employment at Crisis Group provides a challenging and intellectually stimulating work environment, be it in field locations or in one of our advocacy offices, working as a team with colleagues from varied backgrounds, many with distinguished track records in the academic, media or policy worlds.

The Program Director will lead research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy activities of the Asia Program. The Program Director will have overall responsibility for approximately 20 staff members located throughout Asia, spread across three sub-regional projects: South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.

- Establish and implement a research agenda, in conjunction with relevant colleagues, designed to contribute to the objectives of conflict prevention, containment and resolution in Asia;
- Coordinate and supervise the analysis and research necessary to produce high-quality reports and briefings on crisis situations in Asia over the course of the year;
- Maintain and extend the advocacy program in Asia, optimizing advocacy efforts linked to the publication of the reports, with the objective of promoting the adoption of Crisis Group’s policy recommendations by concerned actors;
- Works with the Communications unit to maximize the Asia Program's public and private impact through writing and other communications means;
- Provide leadership, vision and direction to the work of the Asia Program, supervising staff and managing the Program’s budgetary and administrative matters in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Policy Officer and three Asia Project Directors;
- Work closely with representatives of governments and international and local organizations in gathering information, seeking input and feedback, and supporting the distribution of Crisis Group’s reports;
- Support fundraising efforts with selected government and private donors through meetings and other outreach, with the assistance of the development team; and
- Serve as a member of Crisis Group’s Senior Management Forum (SMF).

- Excellent knowledge of Asian politics, conflicts and societies, and extensive contacts with governmental and non-governmental officials, the media, and local and international civil-society organizations working in the region;
- 10+ years professional experience in conflict analysis, journalism, NGO, international organizations or government work related to Asia with field experience in the region;
- Expertise covering governance issues, security-sector reform and institution-building;
- PhD or Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience;
- Excellent writing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
- Very strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent public presentation skills, a very strong capacity for effective teamwork and proven experience in a supervisory role;
- Experience communicating with the public through speaking, writing and social media;
- Experience in overseeing budgetary and administrative matters, and management of a team;
- Fluency in English required; and
- Ideally based in Asia, but with a willingness to undertake extensive travel throughout Asia, and to North America and Europe.

Application procedure:
Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter and contact details of at least 3 referees. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length and which should be sent as an e-mail) the candidate should briefly describe his/her motivation and experience related to the post.

Please send applications by email to open.positions@crisisgroup.org, including "Asia Program Director" in the subject line. Recruitment will remain open until 11 December 2013. Please note, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please

2. FRIAS Research Focus Fellowships, University of Freiburg

Application Deadline: 10 January 2014
More Information: http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/news/call-for-applications/cfa-fcfp

In the academic year 2014/2015, the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS) will organize a one-year FRIAS Research Focus on “Dynamic Alignments and Dealignments in Global Southeast Asia”.

“Dynamic Alignments and Dealignments in Global Southeast Asia” examines how global flows and challenges impact on the actors, patterns and processes that drive social and institutional alignments and dealignments in a strategically important, economically vibrant and politically volatile region. It explores at different organizational levels – international, national, local – and from an interdisciplinary perspective how cultures of cooperation are negotiated and by which encounters and narratives changing alignments between nations as well as diverse ethnic, economic, religious, political and professional groups are framed. The Research Focus has been constituted by Sociocultural Anthropology, Political Science, Economics and East Asian History. Proposals on topics such as “Democratizing Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia,” “Negotiating Academic Cultures: International Cooperation in the Social Sciences,” “Environmental Cooperation between Singapore and China,” and “Cooperation and Conflict at the Subnational Level” are welcome, but any proposal otherwise fitting the umbrella theme is eligible.

For this Research Focus FRIAS advertises 4 Junior Fellows and 4 External Senior Fellows. Fellowships can be provided for a maximum of 12 months. Senior scholars may also apply for shorter periods of no less than 3 months. Start of the program is 1 September 2014. The Focus seeks to form a vibrant interdisciplinary research group of international scholars with the objective of strengthening Southeast Asian Studies and working on topics related to the umbrella theme mentioned above. Fellows will participate in colloquia, workshops and other activities facilitating the output of high-quality publications.

The Junior and External Senior Fellowships pertaining to the Research Focus are co-funded by an EU mobility program which requires an open call for all funded fellowships and a review of applications. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2014. The short application period is consequence of the fact that the EU program has only been approved this fall. We would be delighted if you would consider an application.

Focus conveners are Prof. Jürgen Rüland (Political Science, juergen.rueland@politik.uni-freiburg.de), Prof. Judith Schlehe (Anthropology, Judith.schlehe@ethno.uni-freiburg.de), Prof. Sabine Dabringhaus (East Asian History, Judith.schlehe@ethno.uni-freiburg.de) and Prof. Günther Schulze (Economics, guenther.schulze@vwl.uni-freiburg.de).

If you have any questions regarding the remuneration of fellows, housing, travel or related matters please consult the FAQ on the above website or write to: fcfp-fellowship@frias.uni-freiburg.de By telephone: Dr. Katrin Brandt: +49 761 203 97351, Monday - Thursday: 10.00 - 12.00 (UCT+1). For questions related to the research theme or formulating a research proposal as requested in the application form, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Jürgen Rüland or any of the co-conveners.

More on eligibility and detailed information on the “FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme” (FCFP) is available on the website: http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/news/call-for-applications/cfa-fcfp

3. Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Emory University

Application Deadline: 15 January 2014
More Information: http://www.chi.emory.edu/ , https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47977

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry of Emory University is accepting applications for up to three Post-Doctoral fellowships for an academic year of study, teaching, and residence in the Center. The FCHI Fellows Program offers research opportunities to those trained in the humanities as traditionally defined and to others seriously interested in humanistic issues; research projects must be humanistic, but fellows may hold the Ph.D. in any discipline. We especially seek applicants and projects that will benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the group of Fellows and the work of the FCHI.

Post-Doctoral Fellows, who must have the Ph.D. in hand before the submission of their applications, are awarded to those who have held the Ph.D. for no more than six years before receiving the fellowship.

Besides being an active member of the Centers intellectual agenda through the academic year, Fellows will be expected to offer an upper-level interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar on a subject of their choice during the spring of the fellowship year. Stipends of $40,000 will be offered to Post-Doctoral Fellows, along with a research budget of $2,000, shared office space in the Center, and library access. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 15 January 2014; awards will be announced in mid-April 2014.

Application forms and further information are available from the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at 404-727-6424 or foxcenter@emory.edu, on the web at www.chi.emory.edu, or write to: Fox Ctr. for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 1635 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.

The Bill & Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Emory University
1635 North Decatur Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-6424
Fax: 404-727-1669

4. Washington D.C. Semester in International Affairs (Undergraduates)

Application deadline: 21 February 2014
More information: http://internships.international.wisc.edu/internships/dc-semester/

The Washington, DC Semester in International Affairs is a fall-semester program for undergraduates that combines an international affairs-focused internship and regular seminars with prominent speakers and distinguished UW-Madison alumni who work in professional, academic, and diplomatic fields related to international affairs.

While in Washington, students enroll in a seminar course that incorporates topics in global affairs with regular visits from expert speakers working in professional, academic, and diplomatic fields related to international affairs. Students also visit major institutions and organizations, and intern a minimum of 20 hours per week in a government agency, corporation, non-profit, think tank, or embassy with an international affairs focus.

Student Eligibility:
- 3.0 GPA (minimum)
- Evidence of coursework in international studies
- Junior or senior standing

Application Process:
In addition to the application, students will be asked to submit:
- Current Transcript
- Resume
- Writing sample
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

5. Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment Internship, Thailand

More Information: http://www.onesqa.or.th/en/home/Internship_Program.pdf , http://www.onesqa.or.th/en/home/index.php

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for an internship at the Ministry of Education's Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information, please visit the link posted above, or email Brian Kelley at kelleypol@onesqa.or.th/

6. SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Student Fellowship

Application Deadline: 3 February 2014
More Information: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/dpdf-fellowship/

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Student Fellowship Competition is organized to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective research proposals through exploratory research and exchanges with other scholars within interdisciplinary areas of study.

The DPDF program covers all travel and lodging expenses for fellows to attend both workshops, as well as meals during the workshop period. In addition, applicants may request up to $5,000 to support expenses directly related to summer research, such as travel, accommodations, and limited research equipment and supplies. Please read the Summer Research Funding section in the DPDF Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Student Applicants for guidelines as to allowable expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be currently enrolled full time in Ph.D. programs at accredited universities within the U.S. The "international field" is open to students enrolled in Ph.D. programs within the U.S. and other select countries. Review each research field's description for specific information.
- Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year (including study towards a master's degree at their current or previous institution).
- Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals within their doctoral programs after the conclusion of the fall workshop but no later than the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Similarly, applicants must also be on track to complete all other pre-candidacy/pre-ABD requirements by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Students who have already submitted proposals to funding agencies for support of dissertation research are no longer eligible to apply to the DPDF Program. Refer to the FAQs for details.

For more information regarding selection criteria as well as application requirements and procedures, please visit the fellowship webpage at http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/dpdf-fellowship/.

7. Call for Papers: The Vietnam Studies Group 2014 Graduate Paper Prize Competition

Deadline for Submissions: 5 January 2014

The Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) announces that it is accepting submissions for its fifth annual graduate student paper prize competition. The competition encourages the direct involvement of graduate students in the growth of Vietnamese studies and supports their professional development. The competition is open to full and part time graduate students, regardless of their disciplinary specialization. Preference will be given to sole-authored papers based on original field, archival, and/or statistical research. However, thematic reviews that critically synthesize existing literature on a particular topic related to Vietnamese studies will also be considered.

Papers may be written in English or Vietnamese. Submissions may be sent to cfirpo@calpoly.edu, and will be reviewed by a VSG sub-committee, which will evaluate the entries on the basis of their scholarly merit, theoretical and/or methodological originality, clarity, and style. Papers should also have implications that transcend their disciplinary boundaries to reach a broader academic audience.

The winner will receive a $500 prize and a one year subscription to theJournal of Vietnamese Studies. If the winner agrees to pick up their award in person at the VSG annual meeting during the AAS Annual Meeting (March 27-30 in Philadelphia), then the winner will also receive a $200 travel prize. In addition, they will receive a free year-long membership in VSG, as will the honorable mention, if the sub-committee designates one. The winner(s) will be notified by February 2014.

Additionally, it is a requirement that all submissions come from current VSG members. If you are not a current VSG member, simply submit the annual student rate ($10), to:
Professor Lien-Hang Nguyen,
VSG Treasurer
1715 Patterson Office Tower
Department of History
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

Checks should be made out to the AAS. It is strongly desired, but not required, that students who have submitted a paper for consideration attend both the VSG meeting and AAS conference.

8. Call for Papers: 25th Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 2-4 April 2014

Theme: “Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives- Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens”

Deadline for abstracts: 8 January 2014
More Information: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/spas/?page_id=875

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) will host the 25th annual graduate student conference in Spring of 2014. The event hopes to feature and promote the graduate-level research of students hailing from a wide range of backgrounds including Hawai’i, the US Mainland, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The conference will provide the UH Manoa student community, faculty, and staff with exposure to a diversity of contemporary themes and research topics in Asian and Pacific Island Studies. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Nancy Lee Peluso from UC-Berkeley. In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature performances by various Asian and Pacific dance and music groups. The event will also provide the opportunity for students to network with peers from all over Asia and the Pacific.

As this year’s theme indicates, we invite scholars to submit abstracts for papers that:
- Push the boundaries of existing knowledge of Asia and the Pacific
- Challenge conventional perspectives on Asia and the Pacific
- Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches
- Contest approaches based on a national or regional focus
- Engage new and emerging trends in Asian and/or Pacific Studies
- Involve original research on Asia and/or the Pacific
- Present Asian and/or Pacific performance practices

THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS IS 8 JANUARY 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the conference planning committee at gradconf@hawaii.edu.

9. Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) International Conference: Chiang Mai University, 15-16 February 2014

Theme: “Transforming Societies: Contestations and convergences in Asia and the Pacific”

More Information: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/APSA2014/home.php

Asia and the Pacific today faces momentous challenges as it enters the second decade of the 21st century, in the wake of the rapid processes of social transformation in the region precipitated by globalization. While we see bustling cities and towns and modernization of rural areas in some parts, we also witness the choking of cities and the ensuing culture shocks, as well as the uprooting and depopulation of rural communities/areas.

Various countries in the region – from China to the Pacific Islands, from the South China Sea to the Indian subcontinent and beyond – are experiencing different degrees and speeds of urbanization, industrialization and development. It is a region of great promise and huge potentials. Yet, it is also a region full of diversity and paradoxes. It must also be recognized that many countries in the region face rising inequalities and conflicts that threaten their social fabric and stability. Various classes and groups of people, in particular the younger generation and indigenous communities, face a revolution of rising expectations, yet many experience a revolution of rising frustrations. Issues of identity revolving around ethnicity, religion, and sub-regions often crop up, raising tensions and anxieties. All these must be addressed effectively and with a long range view, bearing in mind that people in the region face a common future.

Given the above background, the role of sociology in particular and social sciences in general as the corpus of knowledge to analyze and interpret changes in the 21st century is very critical. Sociologists and other social scientists must use their critical faculties to make sense of these contestations and challenges, examine possible convergences, and suggest alternatives for the benefit of the respective societies and for humankind.


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