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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies

Call for Papers

The 17th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia

“Escaping the Homeland: Contesting Diasporic Narratives”

April 21, 2018 – Yale University
The Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia Call for Proposals EXTENDED through March 20, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST US
Notification of Acceptance (via email): March 21, 2018

Proposal Submission

The proposal is limited to 450 words (excluding references). Your proposal should include:

1) a description of your project
2) research questions
3) perspective(s) or theoretical framework
4) methods
5) conclusions/tentative key findings
6) the significance of the work
7) a short list of references to situate your work in the literature.

In your email body, please include your name (and co-presenters, if any), institutional affiliations and department, status (undergraduate or graduate and what year or post-doc), title of the paper/presentation, email address, and phone number (including the area/country code). Please send all materials to All questions should be directed to that address as well. While the conference committee will provide accommodation (1 night) for selected presenters, they are encouraged to seek additional funding from their home institutions.

8th Annual International Conference on Political Science Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR 2018)

Conference Date: 24th – 25th September 2018
Full paper submission deadline: 23rd March 2018
Location: Singapore

PS SIR 2018 provides a forum in which scholars from different countries, with diverse scholarly interests and orientations, can engage in exploring and exchanging experiences, observations, comparisons and theories of importance to understanding the perceptions, policies and actions of particular actors and communities, as well as issues and developments of wider, actual or potential significance in a globalizing world.

You may visit the following link for PSSIR accepted and published papers  

If you need additional time, please email us at We hope you can be part of PSSIR 2018.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. the Hon. Dr. Stephen Martin, Chairman, Board of Governors, Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF), Chairman, Bank of China (Australia), Former Speaker Parliament of Australia, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) Curtin University of Technology, Former Pro Vice Chancellor International, Victoria University.           

Assoc. Prof. Andrew T. H. Tan, Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, Australia – “Asia Strategic Environment”  

PSSIR 2018 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2251-2403, E-Periodical: 2251-2411 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners.

Journal on Law and Social SciencesAll authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS) – Print ISSN: 2251-3043, E-periodical: 2010-2283). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JLSS.

Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

PSSIR 2018 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

The deadline for abstracts has been EXTENDED to 28 MARCH 2018 for the International Conference on Business & Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia, hosted by Asia Centre in Bangkok on 12-13 July 2018.
With increasing attention to business and human rights, this conference takes a critical look at the standards and practices on business and human rights in Asia. In particular, it seeks to examine if this current interest in business and human rights conveniently ignores any violations of civil and political rights by the State and its responsibility to guarantee human rights protection. This dimension is critical in the context of a region that seems giddy with numerous business and human rights initiatives undertaken by governments, who themselves are human rights violators, and human rights organisations and others that find it easy to engage with businesses rather than governments. While many businesses have begun to speak to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, the larger concern is whether the focus on business and human rights removes the spotlight from the State.
A book project with a reputable international publisher will follow this conference. A selection of high-quality papers will be made by the co-editors.
All abstracts and queries can be sent to and full details on themes and objectives are available at our event site and Facebook page.

MCAA Conference 2018

Proposals are due April 16, 2018

Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN, is pleased to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 19-20, 2018. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world.  Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

We write to solicit panels, roundtables, and individual papers in all fields dealing with China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent scholars are encouraged to share their work and attend the conference.

The submission portal for proposals will open on February 1, 2018, and the review of proposals submitted by April 16th will begin soon thereafter in April.  Applicants will be contacted with the results by June 29, 2018, if not sooner.  Persons presenting papers must be members of MCAA and must pre-register by July 23, 2018 in order to be included in the conference.

MCAA 2018 will feature a special roundtable dedicated to the topic of publishing for graduate students and early career scholars.

Contact: Hiromi Mizuno, the program chair and PhD in History, University of Minnesota,

4th Kuala Lumpur International Conference on Social Science & Humanities

Deadline for Abstract/Paper Submissions: 30 April 2018
Dates: 02-03 May 2018

Venue: Scholar’s Inn, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact E-Mail ID:
Language: English

COTS 2018

  • COTS: 12-14 October 2018
  • Location:
    Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    206 Ingraham Hall
    1155 Observatory Drive
    Madison, WI 53706
  • Deadline for proposals for presentations: 1 August 2018 

The organizers welcome proposals for individual paper presentations, panels of papers, roundtable discussions, film screenings and other formats as suggested by participants. For individual paper presentations and films, please send an abstract (250 words).

For roundtable discussions, please send an abstract (250 words) and list of participants. For panels of papers, please send an abstract of the panel (250 words) as well as abstracts of the individual papers.

Questions and proposal submissions should be sent to Tyrell Haberkorn, (Chair, COTS 2018).


Upcoming Conferences

7th International Conference on Hmong Studies

Location: The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul
Date: April 6-7, 2018, The reception on the 6th of April is free and open to the public

With more than 15 presentations and three film showings by scholars from throughout the world, this year’s conference is not to be missed. This will be an opportunity for the general public to come and meet many of our presenters and for the conference attendees to get to know the community.

You will find registration information by following this link:  The abstract of the papers to be presented is also on the Center for Hmong Studies’ website.

Lee Pao Xiong | Director of the Center for Hmong Studies | Professor of Hmong Studies & American Government.

WLGO 2018 Conference

The University of Iowa World Languages Graduate Organization would like to invite  graduate, post-graduate, and professional students in Southeast Asian Studies program to participate in the 2018 WLGO Graduate Conference, “Exploring Voices”.

Date of Conference: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.


12th China Goes Global Conference (Sino-Southeast Asia Issues)

Location: Shanghai, China
Dates: June 18th-20th, 2018

International Conference on Business & Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia

To be held on 12 – 13 July 2018.  More information on conference objectives and themes are available at the conference website and our Facebook event.

International Convention of Asia Scholars

Dates: July 16-19, 2019
Location:  Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

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.

CFP | 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

Date: 23 Jul 2018 – 27 Jul 2018
Venue: National University of Singapore

For more information about the conference please go to the NUS website.

The Rohingya Crisis: A Multidimensional Tragedy

One-day conference entitled The Rohingya Crisis: A Multidimensional Tragedy, which will be held on 24 August 2018.  More information can be accessed from the Asia Centre website and the Facebook event page.


Jobs and Scholarships

Translators Needed:

We are a linguistics company that provides language translation services to the federal government and are continuously seeking to hire bilingual people on a full-time or part-time basis to help us with our growing volume of translation work. Currently, we are looking for people who speak Burmese, and would be very grateful to hear from you if you or anyone you know speaks that language.

Depending on your availability, we are able to provide either W2 or 1099 arrangements.

We are looking forward to your response and future assistance. If needed, we are happy to provide all of the necessary training!


Sinaí Méndez
The Language Doctors Recruiting Team
Phone: 1-800-414-6140

Research Assistant: University of Texas – Austin currently hiring RAs, with interests in Global South.

The Global Leadership Project at the University of Texas is looking to recruit country specialists to collect biographical information on political leaders around the world and update this data in our website. Foreign language readers are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Global Leadership Project (GLP) is the first dataset to offer biographical information on leaders throughout the world including members of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and other elites whose power is of an informal nature. At present, the GLP encompasses 145 sovereign and semisovereign nation-states and 38,085 leaders, each of whom is coded along 31 parameters, producing approximately 1.1 million data points in a cross-sectional format centered on 2010-13. With this data, one can compare the characteristics of leaders within countries, across countries, and across regions. The GLP promises to serve as a fundamental resource for researchers, policymakers, and citizens, and several research papers are currently under review or in progress.

We are about the launch the second wave of data collection with a grant from the World Bank and we are looking for individuals to take a strong role in such tasks as:

(a) Look for biographical information of political leaders of your country of expertise such as leaders of the judiciary, executive, and members of the parliament. This data is usually available online. In countries where the data is not easily available in online sources, the coder is expected to make research in other sources (i.e. newspapers, parliamentary archives, etc..) where the data might be available.

(b) Update the data found in our website

The work will be done remotely. So, there is no need to be in the US or in Austin to work with us. Some stipend will be paid per country coded, i.e. around $500. However, the “payoff” from this project would be primarily in the form of name recognition in your website under the data one collected and CV improvement purposes. We will fully attribute credit to the country experts for the country on which they work.

In bottom of this email you can find the list of countries that we are currently looking for country specialists.

If you are interested please let us know by sending a copy of your CV, along with your country(ies) of interest

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

The McConnell Foundation

Program Date: June 27 – July 31, 2018
A complete SAIL application with attachments, in addition to the Scholarship application page are due April 2, 2018. Applicants will also be required to take part in a phone interview within two weeks after the application deadline.

To apply for the scholarship, please download both the scholarship and SAIL applications at:

Scholarship Details:
• Covers full SAIL tuition cost at the shared room rate
• Includes comprehensive travel insurance
• Offers $1,000 travel allowance ($500 upfront & $500 upon successful program completion)
• Must provide one blog to The McConnell Foundation during or after completing SAIL
• Agree to conduct one presentation on their experience to a student or community group
• Fellows will mentor one student for next year (can be done remotely)
• Agree to participate in next year’s orientation if reasonably feasible.
Fellowship Eligibility
To be eligible for The McConnell Foundation SAIL, you must be:
• An American Citizen 18 years or older
• Permanent resident within the 5 counties in Northern California (Modoc, Tehama, Siskiyou, Trinity or Shasta Counties). A “resident” must have lived in eligible locations for at least 4 years
• Unlikely to have opportunity to travel abroad without this scholarship
• Show a specific interest in and knowledge of Laos
• Demonstrated scholastic ability
• Demonstrated self-awareness and ability to manage stress
• Able to provide a doctor’s note with proof of physical and mental health for traveling overseas
• Show intention to apply the learnings from the experience
• Show a track record of community engagement.

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) competition will open on April 2, 2018!

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will offer a number of information sessions and open houses over the coming months.

Complete information on the competition, campus resources & deadlines, and more is at

The program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2018, May 2019, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni. But all are welcome to attend the upcoming information sessions!

To be eligible for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, you must be a U.S. citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project.

Information sessions will be held on:

Tuesday, March 13, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall
Wednesday, April 4, 4-5pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Thursday, April 19, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall

We will also have drop-in FUSP open houses – all in 301 Ingraham Hall – on:

Monday, April 30, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, May 8, 10am-12pm
Thursday, May 10, 1-3pm

In addition to the above, the Writing Center is offering a “Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays” workshop on Wednesday, April 11, 4-5:30pm in Helen C White. Learn more and register @

You can set up an appointment at any time with the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by emailing or calling: & 608.265.6070. Skype appointments for those abroad are encouragedCall for Applications:

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Deadline: Annually December 30

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

Deadlines: Boren Scholarship (Undergraduates& Graduate students) applications are closed for 2018, but will reopen later in the year.  Please check back for new deadlines (campus & final) or go to the Boren Awards website for more information 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


Additional Links and Opportunities

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/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.