Jobs, Scholarships, and Conferences in Southeast Asian Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships

The Southeast Asia Program is seeking interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a strong foundation in Southeast Asia studies and international relations/political economy. We operate a fast-paced, dynamic program, and require interns who are detail-oriented and can work independently and as part of a team.

U.S. ASEAN Business Council

Policy and research internships: Semester internships based in Washington, D.C. Recent graduates encouraged to apply. For details, email

SNA International

Position open until filled.

Historian: Full-time position to conduct historical research and writing for Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, based in DPAA lab in Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MA minimum educational requirement.

Clemson University

Assistant Professor: Tenure-track position in history of Southeast Asia or South Asia.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 3

Candidates should make electronic submission of a cover letter, vita, three letters of reference and a writing sample to Prof. Steven Marks, SouthAsia/Southeast Asia Search Chair, Dept. of History, Clemson University, Hardin Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0527 by means of Interfolio: .

Midwestern State University

Assistant or Associate professor of the Indian Ocean World, Southeast Asia, and/or China

Deadline to apply: Jan. 15
Institution Type: Midwestern State University
Location: Texas, United States
Position: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, History, tenure-track, starting Fall 2020

Send letter of application, vita, and request three reference letters be sent by January 15, 2020, to:
Dr. John Ashbrook, Chairman
History Department

Translators: The Language Doctors

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

Interns: 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 and possess 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.

ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute

Deadline to apply: 12/31/2019

Visiting Fellow/China and Mainland SEA: Two- to six-month fellowship to study social and cultural impact of Chinese capital and labor flows into villages, towns and cities of Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and/or Laos, starting Jan. 2020. PhD required (political science, sociology, anthropology or demography studies preferred).

For question please contact:

Global Community Fellowship

A 13-15-month program for graduating seniors (2019) and young professionals to work at NGOs, schools, universities and social enterprises in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Receive a monthly stipend, travel insurance, 10-day training in Thailand and attend a midyear conference and year-end wrap-up. Participants pay for transport to and from Asia, plus funds for food during VIA gatherings.

Rosenberg Institute Scholar
College of Arts and Sciences



The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University Boston welcomes applications from scholars who wish to be considered for a short term appointment as a Rosenberg Institute Scholar.

This nonresidential appointment is for scholars who wish to complete a research and writing topic of contemporary or current policy relevance that focuses on Greater China, Southeast Asia or South Asia. We especially encourage applicants who are willing to disseminate their scholarship to a broad audience, or engage in public scholarship across various platforms.

The program supports a six month appointment on a nonresidential basis, as well as a brief residential component of a few days at Suffolk University’s campus in downtown Boston, during which time the Scholar will be asked to present a public seminar and interact with Suffolk University faculty and students. The Rosenberg Institute Scholar will be expected to complete an English language article or white paper that will be published on the Rosenberg Institute website, and become part of the institute’s continuing series of white papers. We expect that a first draft of the paper will be submitted before the end of the appointment; and that the Scholar maintain active communication with the Institute Director during the entirety of the appointment. The honorarium for this work to be paid at the end of the appointment is $7,500.

Applications are due no later than December 15, 2019.

Eligibility and Application Process

Most applicants should possess an earned Ph.D.  We will consider applications from scholars at any stage in their career, but they must be a member of the faculty of an accredited degree-granting institution. We especially welcome and encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in the field of Asian Studies.

Complete applications will include a completed application form, a full CV, one letter of reference, and a research topic proposal of no more than 1000 words. The proposal should at a minimum present the topic and its importance to contemporary policymaking; a hypothesis or thesis; proposed method of inquiry; possible ways to disseminate or raise awareness of the project; and a tentative completion schedule. In addition, the proposal should clearly indicate the applicant’s qualifications and ability to carry out the proposed project and other terms of this appointment. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are unable to process visas. Application should be made through the Suffolk HR website and additional materials should be sent electronically to Maureen Dooley at
Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in downtown Boston, and is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. To learn more about Suffolk University visit our website at

Please direct any additional inquiries to:
Professor Ronald Suleski
Director of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies
Suffolk University

Applications are now being accepted for the Asian Division’s 2020 Florence Tan Moeson fellowship, which supports a minimum of five business days of research in the Asian Reading Room of the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.). Here’s the link for the online application:
Deadline is midnight January 31, 2020. 

All research trips need to be completed before September 15, 2020. After notification, Asian Division staff will work with awardees on scheduling their trip to the Asian Reading Room.

The Moeson fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty at all levels, librarians, and independent scholars and researchers. Applications from outside the United States are accepted, but please be advised that the Library of Congress cannot assist in the procurement of any visa toward the use of this fellowship.

More info on LC’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Tibetan collections is available on the Asian Reading Room homepage. The homepage also includes several research guides, including one for the South Asian collection and the new LibGuide for South Asian manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-Asia)

Scholarships for undergraduate U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. For more information on undergraduate scholarships, click here. Funding also available for graduate students, for more information click here.

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.

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 focuses 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

The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Programs

For complete information on the educational exchange programs offered by USINDO (including a summer studies program, a masters fellowship, professional fellows, etc), visit the website. 2019 Applications for USINDO Programs are now closed.

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:

Boren Awards for Language Study and Research in Southeast Asia

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 application process. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, fields of study, and annual deadlines 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

Fellowships: National Asia Research Program

NARP Fellows conduct policy-relevant research on national security issues. For information on the program and the annual, competitive selection process, please visit the website.


CALL FOR PAPERS: “Moment of danger:” Crisis in the Twenty-first Century
UC Irvine Comparative Literature 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Submission Deadlines: December 20, 2019

“Articulating the past historically does not mean recognizing it ‘the way it really was’. It means appropriating a memory as it flashes up ina moment of danger.”
                                  —Walter Benjamin, “On the Concept of History”

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
•History and memory writing
•Representation of crisis across mediascapes
•Speculative fiction
•Anthropocene and posthuman studies
•Human, nature, machine interactions
•Performance studies
•Religious crisis and secularization
•Politics of memory/hope/imagining
•Critique of political economy
•Humor and play
•Translation studies
•Neofascism and rightwing retrenchment
•Insurgent politics
•Fake news
•Anxiety, disorder and mental illness
•Constellation, (un)worlding and (un)relationality
•Affect theory

Submission Details
We welcome submissions from Masters and PhD students at all stages of their graduate careers, as well as independent scholars and creatives. Submissions should be sent by December 20, 2019 to Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and creative submissions should include a representative sample OR concise description of your work, depending on what is most applicable to your medium of choice. Please include your name, affiliation (if any), and key scholarly interests. Conference activities will begin the evening of Thursday, February 20th, 2020 and end the evening of February 21st, 2020. Events will be held on the UC Irvine campus.

CALL FOR PAPERS: UC-Berkeley & UCLA SE Asia Conference in April 2020

“Ethnic and Community Identity in SE Asia”

This conference is designed to explore aspects of group and individual identity in the region. Broadly conceived, papers would consider the ways in which people are articulating, embracing, or contesting different forms and reconfigurations of personal or group identity. Such forms might encompass aspects of ethnic, gender, or religious identities, or perhaps overlaps across these and other dimensions of identity. Papers might consider the political implications of how people and groups articulate or embrace identity and possible conflicts pitting groups against the state or each other. The hope is that papers will explore newly emerging forms of identity as well as long-existing ones that are being reconceptualized or reasserted in new circumstances. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome as are ones that cross disciplinary lines.

Possible paper topics might touch on any of the following:

  • state ethnic labeling policies and their implications;
  • contestation centered on competing ethnic identities and terminologies;
  • identities or communities formulated in terms of gender or sexual orientation;
  • identities defined in terms of religious affiliation or organizations;
  • academic, state, or public discourse surrounding racial or ethnic identities;
  • ethnic or identity politics that cross national boundaries and complicate state narratives.

The two centers invite submissions for presentations from scholars and graduate students conducting original research in the social sciences and humanities that address the primary theme of the conference. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be emailed to UCLA CSEAS by Monday, January 20, 2020. Abstracts should include your name, affiliation and discipline and contact information (including e-mail address).

The conference is open to all scholars and graduate students. Some travel funding is available for faculty and graduate students at UC and CSU campuses.

The conference will be held at UCLA and cosponsored by the UCLA Library.

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
11288 Bunche Hall
Box 951487
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Call for Papers

2020 Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference
Northern Illinois University

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: February 14, 2020
Confirmation of Attendance Deadline: March 1, 2020
Full Papers Due: March 15, 2020
Conference Date: April 18, 2020

Northern Illinois University’s 2020 Southeast Asian Studies Student Conference is inviting submissions for its annual symposium, which is set for Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Holmes Student Center in DeKalb, Illinois.

We welcome submissions of abstracts by January 31, 2020. Our purpose is to celebrate original research from a broad range of fields that engage with Southeast Asia creatively. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers from a variety of disciplines. Best papers will be noted.

The Southeast Asian Studies Conference Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid the process, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel or lodging grants for this conference. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions.

Please submit abstracts to the following email address:

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format (not a PDF). 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 of the email should include the following information:

  • Author name(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s)
  • Title of paper
  • Primary email address
  • Paper topic or keywords
  • Abstract (attached as an MS Word Doc)


Michael Hawkins (PhD Northern Illinois University) is Professor and Chair of Creighton University’s History Department. His research interests include empire, Islam, and agency in Asia with a particular interest in notions of historical time. Michael is a former Fulbright Fellow to the Philippines where he lived for many years. His is the author of Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippine Muslim South and the forthcomingSemi-Civilized: The Moro Village at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Cornell University Press, 2020).


Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies Club
Graduate Colloquium

Seventh Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference
Conference Dates: April 3-4, 2020
Abstract/Proposal Submissions Deadline: February 2, 2019

The Trans-Asia Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference April 3-4, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jamie Newhard (Washington University in St. Louis). Our theme this year is “InnovASIA: New Orientations in Asian Studies.” The conference encompasses Asia-related research across disciplines and aims to facilitate greater communication among fields, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints. Participants will have the valuable opportunity to share their work with the local community and receive feedback from peers and professors, as well as gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines. We welcome submissions for individual as well as panel presentations at by Sunday, February 2, 2020.

For more information about the conference and submission details, please see the attached CFP, our webpage and Facebook page or contact us with your questions at!

ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast) Conference
Conference Date: June 12-13, 2020
Submission deadline: February 29, 2020

The Organizing Committee of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 2020 at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, independent scholars and graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies to submit proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other disciplines related to Asia and the Asian diasporas.

22nd Cornell SEAP Graduate Student Conference
“Engendering Migrations: Southeast Asia”
Conference Date: March 13-15, 2020

Cornell University recently launched a Global Grand Challenge across departments and programs on the theme of Migrations: Researching, Teaching and Building for a World on the Move. For the 22nd annual Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference, we invite submissions that speak broadly and creatively to this theme, and to the engendering of migrations across time and space. The Graduate Student Conference will highlight dynamic research on Southeast Asia carried out by graduate students across disciplines and the globe, united by this common theme.

In its narrowest sense, “migrations” refers to the movement of people and animals between places, we encourage submissions that also explore the movement of ideas, practices, material objects, or even disciplinary boundaries, within, beyond, or relating to Southeast Asia.

We particularly encourage reflection on how these migrations are “engendered,” in the dual sense employed in Ashley Thompson’s Engendering the Buddhist State (2016). Thompson considers both the general use of “engendering” – to originate, cause or give rise – and how “gender” itself may play a role in that origination. For Thompson, historical events are fundamentally intertwined with their aesthetic representations, social constructions, and gendered dynamics. In the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Conference, we hope participants will similarly consider how gender, or other previously-obscured categories, may be intertwined with and engender the Southeast Asian migrations we study.

The Graduate Student Conference will be held March 13-15, 2020 at the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, located on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, New York.

Call for papers submissions is now closed.

Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have faculty discussants; therefore, presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 14, 2020.

Please contact Bruno M. Shirley, conference committee chair, at with any questions regarding abstract submission or the selection process.


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.

For more information, please email
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.