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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies


Volunteer Announcement:  Tutors and Learners

Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS), Foreign Language Learners (FLL) program is designed to help students learn a new language by partnering them up with a native speaker of that language.

We are currently recruiting tutors and learners for our program. Please encourage students to apply to our program as it is a great opportunity for them to improve their speaking and listening skills. Also If you know of any students that are exceptionally skilled in a language, please let them know about our program.

Contact: Daniel Kwak, Foreign Language Learners coordinator.

Job Announcement: UCSC Political and Legal thought Assistant Professor

The Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Theory in areas of non-Western political and legal thought.

Open date: June 27th, 2017
Next review date: September 29th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Click here for more information.

Internship Announcement: Auditsi Consulting Group

The Auditsi Consulting Group, a management consulting company based in Jakarta, is looking for candidates for internships in professional companies in Indonesia.

About Us:
• Auditsi Management Consulting delivers worldwide executive search solutions and is committed to securing exceptional talent to lead and direct the most successful organizations on the planet.
• For more than 23 years we have been advising clients on top leadership matters and recruiting the most effective executives for their organisations.
• We work with a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity firms, family-owned companies and nonprofit organisations.
• As a privately held firm, we are able to dedicate our resources to what really matters – providing outstanding service for clients. We consider client needs to be paramount

Ideal candidates shall be willing to attend up to 12 months of internship, he or she shall have interests in subjects such as; Marketing, Communication, Business Development, Social Study, and Human Resources, Social Media Management will be an added value. For more information on specific positions, please click here.
For more info, contact Susan Chandra at, or Daniel Fabien at

Papers: Hmong Americans, Perspectives and Prospects in Local and Global Contexts (Amerasia Journal)

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Guest Editors:
Professor Yang Sao Xiong (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Professor Nengher N. Vang (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Professor Chia Youyee Vang (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Publication Date: Issue planned for Summer/Fall 2018 publication
Due Date: Paper submission (5,000-6,000 words excluding endnotes) due November 15, 2017

As an emergent but rapidly expanding field, Hmong American/Diaspora Studies has the potential to stimulate a rethinking of traditional paradigms of Asian American Studies and move the discipline in promising directions. Hmong Americans’ historically asymmetrical relationship with the United States government and their contemporary experiences as a marginalized ethnic group have much in common with the experiences of other Asian Americans. At the same time, Hmong relationships with their “homeland” countries, with the U.S. racial state, and with other racial and ethnic groups in American society and elsewhere are unique and complex. Most publications—both scholarly and popular sources on the Hmong, as well as those on Hmong in Asia and Hmong in the diaspora—are still written primarily from the perspective of non-Hmong persons. Our concern about the state and progress of the field is that Hmong’s voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are often distorted or excluded altogether. Equally problematic are analyses that divorce Hmongs’ social conditions from their historical and political contexts.

In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we call for empirically based research papers that seek to articulate the current state and future direction of Hmong American/Diaspora Studies. We seek papers that examine Hmong Americans’ multifaceted experiences from an emic (insider/native) perspective, including, but not limited to, their experiences with racialization, racism and racial formation, politics, collective action, citizenship, education, community formation and organization, identity, transnationalism, media/art, and gender/sexuality. We especially welcome papers that situate Hmong American experiences in historical, comparative, or global contexts using interdisciplinary approaches, theoretical perspectives, innovative methods, and original data.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
The guest editors, in consultation with Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, decide which submissions will be included in the special issue. The process is as follows:

  • Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editors
  • Paper approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
  • Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Hmong Americans Issue” in the subject line. Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Professor Yang Sao Xiong (, Professor Nengher N. Vang (, Professor Chia Youyee Vang (, and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (

Call for Applications: Boren Awards for Language Study and Research in Southeast Asia

Deadlines: Boren Scholarships (Undergraduates) – December 8, 2017 (campus deadline), final deadline is February 8, 2018
Boren Fellowships (Graduate students) – January 30, 2018

The application for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open at!

Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.

Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of East & Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highly motivated to work in the federal government following graduation.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.

The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.

Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2017‐2018 academic year. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‐800‐618‐NSEP or

Call for Abstracts: Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference – “Possession and Persuasion”

Deadline: December 13, 2017
March 9-11, 2018
Venue: Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Possession and Persuasion conjure a range of images and concepts, from cultural performance, to the control and mobility of objects, bodies, and spaces, to modes of coercion, influence, and authority. The terms also evoke possibilities of resistance and transformation. How are entanglements of subjectivity and materiality at work across Southeast Asia? How have possessions and persuasions, broadly imagined, organized studies of Southeast Asia, and to what futures do they beckon?

Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 20th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference invites submissions that engage these questions. The conference will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Chiara Formichi from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will deliver the keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 13, 2017 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review submissions, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. Each panel will have a faculty member serve as a discussant.

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 file. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe’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
  • Keywords to aid thematic organization
  • The abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 13, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: January 24, 2018
Deadline to Confirm Attendance: February 2, 2018
Full Papers Due: February 16, 2018

Call for Applications: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Deadline: December 30, 2017

The Blakemore Freeman fellowship covers tuition for a year of study, and includes a stipend. The following candidates are eligible to apply for the Fellowship:

  • Pursuing academic, professional, business, or technical career involving regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree by the start of the program.
  • At or near the advanced level in the language. Minimum requirement is three years of language study at college level, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study abroad language programs.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

More information available at:

Call Applications: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) invites applications for Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies.
Preference will be given to candidates who have done or can work on projects associated with one or more of the following themes: Myanmar’s ongoing peace process, including its implications for implementation of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and the development of political and administrative structures at the sub-national level; Myanmar’s external relations, including those with ASEAN, China, Japan, and other major powers; Prospects for Myanmar’s economic transformation; Emerging political configurations in the run-up to the 2020 general elections; Dynamics of civil-military relations, including in the economic and legislative spheres.

Other requirements
Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in any area of the humanities or social sciences (especially economics, political science, sociology, anthropology). Successful applicants are expected to start on or after 1 April 2018 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the point of employment.
Fluency in English and an ability to conduct research in Burmese, along with good communication, networking and interpersonal skills.

Depending on the expertise of the candidate, he or she will be conducting one or two projects related to the themes listed above. Visiting Fellows are also expected to contribute to ISEAS in the following ways:

  • Monitor economic, political and/or social cultural trends in Southeast Asia.
  • Write for a range of ISEAS publishing outlets such as ISEAS e-publications, Working Papers, academic journals and books.
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research efforts.

Fellowship Benefits

  • An all-inclusive and fixed monthly stipend commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • A monthly housing subsidy (applicable to non-Singaporeans and non-PRs only).

The fellowship term varies between 3 months and one year, with possible extension.

Please submit one original and one copy of a complete application consisting of the following:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Research Statement (elaborating on what you think are the key questions to be examined in Myanmar; 300-500 words)
  • Research Plan (for one or two projects; each plan should address the research question, methodology and timeline; 3 pages each, double-spaced)
  • Dissertation abstract and table of contents
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript of grades and certified copy of Ph.D. degree (if degree is not in hand at time of application, a letter is needed from the thesis supervisor stating the expected date of completion)
  • Two letters of recommendation (sealed and signed; original copy only)

Enquiries: Please contact Ms Tracy Ki (
Please send application package by 31 December 2017 to:

Ms Tracy Ki
Senior Manager (HR)
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614

Call for Proposals: International and Interdisciplinary Conference in Kolkata

Dates: January 8-9, 2018  

Topic:  Terrorism, Fundamentalism and Pluralism: East and West
Dates:  January 8-9, 2018
Abstract (100 words) by email:

Directed and organized by the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange, Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion Elon, NC, USA. Acceptance of proposal will be mailed within 2 weeks or earlier to participants. Email your abstract:, Copy to:

Subtopics:  Terrorism , Politics of War, Religion and Politics, Fundamentalism : Tolerance and Intolerance, Violence and Paths to Solve, Racism and Inequality, Diversity and Inclusion, One Path or Many Paths, Non-Violence of the Brave, Philosophy of Gandhi, Conflict Resolution, Absolutism and Relativism, One or Many paths to Ultimate Reality. Organizers are also open to topics related to the main theme.

For more information, please visit the following webpages:*. .

Advisory Board: Yolanda Espina (Portugal), Tommi Lehtonen (Finland), Debkumar Mukhopadhyya (India), Deven Patel (USA), Nina Petek (Slovenia), Rizwan Rahman ( India), Ming Shao (China), Dibyendu Talapatra (India), Richard Vulich (USA), Su Chen Wu (Taiwan), Yanling Xu (China)

Scholars from different corners of the world join our conferences. The Cambridge Scholars Press has published seven books co-edited by members of our advisory board from selected papers from our last conferences. We also publish papers in our Journal of Indian Philosophy & Religion if the theme of the paper is in the area of publication of the Journal. Scholars can bring their students to join the undergraduate competition and “Encounter India program.”

Undergraduates can also submit papers for international competition. Best 2 papers selected will be awarded a discounted short trip inside India along with free tickets to cultural programs.

Call for Papers: 12th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII)

CHAGS XII is the conference of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research and is locally hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The conference will take place 23–27 July 2018 on the premises of the School of Social Sciences, with the theme “Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research.” The keynote speakers will be P. Bion Griffin, Nurit Bird-David, and Peter Schweitzer. The Call for Papers will run from November 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018. Conference registration will start in January 2018. For more information about paper submission, please see this webpage:

Additional Links and Opportunities
Job/internship opportunities: Turn area studies into an internship or a career. See job listings at NGOs, think tanks, government, and private-sector employers.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Interns: Pan-Asian social service organization accepting candidates for interns for business development grant writing and workforce development and outreach liaison duties. Contact Michelle White at or 773-784-2900.

U.S. Department of State
Student internship program: Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at Washington headquarters and US embassies, consulates and missions worldwide.

Room to Read
Positions open: San Francisco-based organization that helps develop literacy skills among primary and secondary school students.

Asia Society
Career opportunities: Internships and jobs posted regularly on website.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Jobs listed under Opportunities tab of ASEAN website.

Devex: Do Good. Do it Well
International aid and development jobs in 1,000 agencies, companies and NGOs in 100 countries.
International development jobs and consulting opportunities.

Hess International Educational Group
Teach English across Asia: Taiwan-based organization offers free training, benefits, and flex scheduling. Email NIU alum Derek Wright at or seewebsite.
Privately funded website offers searchable database of nonprofit international jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that posts jobs regularly.

World Health Organization
Global health agency in the United Nations system encourages online applications for potential employment.