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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies

Call for Papers

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 18th Northeast Conference on Indonesia

“Jokonomics across the archipelago: Lived economies of Indonesia”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Francisia SSE Seda,
Professor of Gender and Economic Change Sociology, Department of Sociology,
University of Indonesia
October 13, 2018, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Conference Date: October 13, 2018
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Abstracts due by: September 22, 2018
Notifications of acceptance on: September 28, 2018
Submit Abstracts at:

In 2014, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was elected president of Indonesia amid a wave of optimism for the future
direction of the country. His economic policy platform, dubbed “Jokonomics,” was a central feature of his
campaign. Four years later, what impact have Jokonomics had on daily life in Indonesia? From the global
spice trade to gold mining in Sumbawa, the local economies of the Indonesian archipelago have been brought
the world, and the economies of the world have been brought to the archipelago below the winds.
Understanding the “lived economies” of the archipelago is a continuing challenge for scholars from a wide
array of academic disciples.

The Cornell Indonesian Association is pleased to invite submission of abstracts for the 18th Northeast
Conference on Indonesia, hosted in cooperation with the Yale Indonesian Forum. We welcome abstracts for
presentation across all academic disciplines as they concern the various economies of Indonesia, including the
following areas of study:

1. Science and Technology
2. Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, and History
3. Economics and Politics
4. Literature, Arts, Culture, and Religion

Submission Guidelines
Presenters should not limit their presentations to period, locale, or definitions of “economy.” The 2018
Northeast Conference on Indonesia hopes that the breadth and looseness of the theme “Lived economies of
Indonesia” inspires participants to present challenging, cross-disciplinary scholarship.

Presentation abstracts should be submitted in English and should be no more than 500 words. Authors may
submit no more than one individual and one co-authored abstract. All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by a
committee of graduate students in corresponding areas of study. All submissions must be made through our
online form, which can be found here: Note: the body of the abstract should
not include the author’s name or affiliation.

Presentation Guidelines

Each presenter is allotted 20 minutes for their presentation, with a 10-minute question and answer session
following each session. The Northeast Conference on Indonesia wishes to promote the use of Indonesian in
academic settings and for academic purposes, and thus presentations can be done in English or Indonesian,
but not both. Should you decide to present in English, your presentation should include a Powerpoint display
in Indonesian (to the best of your ability). Likewise, a presentation in Indonesian should be accompanied by
an English Powerpoint display.
For questions or concerns, please send an email to Michael Kirkpatrick Miller,




Upcoming Conferences

International Convention of Asia Scholars

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

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

Conference Date: 24th – 25th September 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  

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.

Call for Proposals: AAS-in-ASIA Conference

Deadline: October 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website)
Conference date: July 1-4, 2019
Conference location: Bangkok, Thailand

On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Thammasat University, we are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for organized panels and roundtables (no individual paper proposals accepted) to be presented at the sixth AAS-in-ASIA Conference to be held July 1-4, 2019 at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the broad theme: Asia in Motion: Asia on the Rise?

One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. Panels are welcomed from scholars in disciplines across the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings. For more information, or to submit a proposal, please visit the website.

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

Dates: October 19-20, 2018
Location: Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN

Give the wonderful students at your university a boost by nominating their papers for an essay prize awarded by the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs! There are two prize categories, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. See the details below.

Four Percy Buchanan prizes of $100 each, plus travel expenses of up to $100, will be awarded for the best original graduate student research papers. Papers should be no longer than 35 pages double spaced including the bibliography. Students will have an opportunity to present winning papers at the conference. There is one prize for each of the four main AAS regions: China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Graduate student winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field.  Graduate students may submit their papers directly without faculty recommendation.

The Sidney DeVere Brown Prize, and the Mikiso Hane Prize are awarded to the two best original papers composed by undergraduates. Prizes of $100, plus travel expenses of up to $100, are awarded to the authors of the winning papers. Paper submissions should be between 10 and 35 pages double spaced and must be accompanied by a letter from the student’s professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Undergraduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in The Wittenberg East Asian Studies Journal.

Please note: Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Papers become the property of MCAA and will not be returned. Decisions of the judges are final.

Do consider submitting your students’ best papers for this competition.  You may do so by accessing the Awards link on the MCAA’s home page, and then follow instructions on the Submissions link.  All papers must be submitted in digital format.

The deadline for submission (sorry, no extensions can be considered) of all papers is June 15, 2018.

This year the MCAA will be held October 19-20, 2018 at Metropolitan State University.


Jobs and Scholarships

Assistant Professor: Department of Anthropology, NIU

Initial review: December 1, 2018

Northern Illinois University Department of Anthropology anticipates hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in environmental archaeology starting August, 2019. Candidates in all areas of environmental archaeology are encouraged to apply. However, candidates are encouraged to link with one or more of NIU’s interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes.

The candidate is expected to be engaged in active field work, to maintain a strong externally funded research program, and to supervise undergraduate and graduate student research in the field. Research interests that complement existing department strengths are particularly welcome. The successful candidate will be responsible for supervising graduate students, and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses including introductory courses in archaeology, as well as upper level courses in their area of expertise. Teaching responsibilities normally include four courses per academic year, though only two in the first year. The Anthropology Department is a four field department with an MA graduate degree program. The successful candidate must complete the requirements for a PhD in archaeology by August, 2019.

Candidates should submit a letter describing their scholarship, record of external funding, plans for future research, and teaching qualifications and interests, plus a full vita and the names and addresses of three references to: address letter to Kendall Thu, Chair, and send to the attention of Ruthann Yeaton, ARCHEnv Search, Department of Anthropology, Stevens Building Room 190, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL 60115 or email application materials to Initial review will begin December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Pre-employment criminal background investigation required. NIU is an AA/AEEO institution.

Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID)


One Research Associate at the Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID), School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai.

Academic Qualification: 
A Master’s degree or higher in social sciences

Job Description:
 The candidate will on work on the relations between Southeast Asia and China. He/she must be good in English and speak one of the Southeast Asian languages. Preference will be given to a candidate who has some experiences working on the Mekong region and/ or China

Interested candidates should send the following:

  • His/her CV (In English),
  • Two to three letters of recommendation,
  • A short statement (2-3 pages) about his/her research background and interests and samples of English publication, if any,

To ARCID by post (School of Social Innovation ,Mae Fah Luang University, 4th floor, Building E1, Thasud, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand) or by email ( or

The candidate will be offered a competitive salary package. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information please visit our Facebook page:

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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!


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Research Assistant (interests in Global South): University of Texas – Austin

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 semi-sovereign 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

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

Research Fellowship: Center for Digital Society, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta

Deadline: September 25, 2018
CfDS Research Fellowship Program 2.0_Guidelines

Center for Digital Society is a research center established by the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. The institution is created under the concern over the impeccable influence of information technology on the contemporary dynamics of society and politics.

We would like to inform you that we are opening an opportunity of a fellowship program for early-career researchers in your institution to conduct research related to digital society issues in Indonesia. The program is designed to encourage and support early-career researchers who are interested in innovative and relevant research in areas related to digital society, especially in topics like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Cybersecurity.

The CfDS Research Fellowship Program application will open on September 1, 2018 at 12:00 am (GMT+7) and the deadline to submit the application and all supporting materials is on September 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM (GMT+7).

Please refer to the attached PDF document for more detailed information about the CfDS Research Fellowship Program.

Ph.D. Scholarship: SE Asian Environmental History, Murdoch University

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Expressions of interest are sought for a fully funded three year PhD scholarship at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, in association with the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant ‘Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World’, anchored at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University. The successful applicant will join a team of scholars led by Emeritus Professor James Warren and focusing on the Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific regions. Investigations centre upon periods of acute environmental crisis, variously characterized by natural disasters, epidemic disease, socio-economic instability, and migration, bondage, and mass mortality. Within this framework, researchers will investigate current and traditional perceptions of environmental risk and risk management, explore past-to-present patterns to the human and environmental dimensions of crisis, and apply the results of historical research to enhance environmental risk and governance protocols. This groundbreaking initiative is not limited to the discipline of history, involving geography, anthropology, and the environmental sciences. Applications are invited for candidates with similar or complementary research interests.

Essential criteria include:

  • A first-class Honours or Masters degree with a thesis component in a relevant historical or related social science field;
  • Archival and/or fieldwork experience;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The successful candidate will be based at the Asia Research Centre and School of Arts, Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. The Asia Research Centre has a strong
track record of innovative research in the social and environmental history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean World, and offers a supportive and collegial environment to
postgraduate students. The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants. The scholarship provides a stipend of AUD$27,082.00, fees for international students only, plus some additional funding for archival research and fieldwork. Applications should include a current CV and completed thesis proposal form ( and be sent to by 1 September 2018. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit proposals via Murdoch University’s postgraduate scholarship application process (deadline 30 September 2018). Prospective applicants must be able to commence no later than mid- 2019. More information please visit or write to Professor James Warren at

Visiting Research Fellowship: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS)

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) is offering Visiting Research Fellowships. The program offers opportunities for both Indonesians and non-Indonesian nationals who are completing their Indonesia-related PhD and post-graduate theses abroad. The program supports their field research in Indonesia over a 3 (three) to 6 (six)-month period. CIPS also opens this opportunity to post-doctoral or non-degree research. The preferred research areas are in economics, public policy/public management, education, politics, and development studies. Kindly check here for more details of the CIPS Visiting Research Fellowship Program.

CIPS is a public policy think tank dedicated to providing policy analysis and practical policy recommendations to decision-makers within Indonesia’s legislative and executive branches of government. CIPS focusses its research and policy advocacy on issues concerning education policy reform, food security and agriculture, as well as general issues affecting the livelihood of low-income communities. We have previously cooperated with local governments, the National Development and Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, UNESCO, and many other reputable organizations.

The Visiting Research Fellowship program offers the researchers the necessary office space while conducting their research in Jakarta. We are also able to offer administrative assistance for the stay of the researcher and other arrangement of the field research. For more information, please visit the website or email

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:

2019 Grants for Scholars (Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries)

Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is pleased to offer grants intended to offset expenses for out-of-town scholars wishing to utilize the rich resources held by the UW-Madison General Library System. Awards of up to $2,000 each are available to scholars living in the United States and $3,000 to those from elsewhere around the world. Scholars may be asked to share their research experience with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students on an informal basis during their visit. A short follow-up report is also requested at the completion of their stay.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants should meet one of the following:

  • Researchers who have earned a Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. candidates with an approved dissertation

Applicants’ proposals should state the specific areas and unique collections to be used in our libraries and provide information as to why these collections will be of crucial benefit to the research. Scholars wishing to delve into the vast resources of the Wisconsin Historical Society are encouraged to apply, as specific funding is reserved via the John A. Peters Fellowship Endowment.

Applications are due December 31, 2018 with decisions made in February 2019. Recipients of the grants must use their awards within twelve months beginning April 1 of that year.

For more information, visit, call 608-265-2505, or email

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.