Friday, January 30, 2015

2015-2016 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies

2015-2016 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) invites applications for its 2015-2016 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies through the Dorothy Borg Research Program on “The United States and Southeast Asia: Past Legacies, Present Issues and Future Prospects.” The Fellow will devote half of his/her time to teaching one course per semester (one on United States and Southeast Asia relations, the other on a topic to be agreed with the Director of the Institute), and the remainder to his/her research. The Fellow will help support the ongoing Dorothy Borg Southeast Asia Research Program, participate in the INTERACT teaching collaborative, which seeks to place regional and comparative studies in global perspective, and will also be an active participant in day-to-day WEAI programs and events.
Candidates from all social science disciplines, including history and political science whose research involves Southeast Asian primary language sources are welcome to apply. The fellowship will cover a 10-month period beginning August 1, 2015, and comes with a stipend of $45,000 plus benefits. There will be a possibility of renewal for an additional year, but this is not guaranteed.
About The Dorothy Borg Research Program on "The United States and Southeast Asia: Past Legacies, Present Issues and Future Prospects"
"The United States and Southeast Asia: Past Legacies, Present Issues and Future Prospects" is a three-year initiative to support teaching, research, and public outreach on issues relating to the United States and Southeast Asia, funded by the Dorothy Borg endowment. The program is named in honor of Dorothy Borg, a historian of United States-East Asia relations whose influence on political scientists like Gerald L. Curtis, Andrew Nathan, Robert Jervis, historians like Carol Gluck, and many others helped to bridge the work of history and contemporary analysis. The goal is to relate past experience to present issues in the areas of U.S.-Southeast Asia relations, comparisons, and transnational commonalities and conflicts.
This program is designed to strengthen the profile of the Institute by contributing to the understanding of current issues and challenges in the United States-Southeast Asian relationship through an interdisciplinary approach in the areas of developing curriculum; generating new knowledge through research through collaboration across Columbia and with other universities; and hosting several high-profile public events based on this research.
  • Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements (completed and filed the dissertation) between July 2010 and July 2015.
  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in a social science discipline, including history and political science, with a focus on modern or contemporary Southeast Asia.
  • Applications from individuals who hold or have held regular faculty positions will not be considered.
Application Procedure
The following list of materials is required for all applicants.
  • Completed Application Cover Sheet
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of classes taught (if any)
  • Course evaluations for classes taught (if any)
  • A statement not exceeding 300 words that conveys your personal outlook on trans-regional and global approaches and their role in the curriculum
  • Two course proposals to be offered at Columbia University
  • 3 letters of reference (signed and sealed) that include an evaluation of your research, proposed courses and prior teaching experience
All application materials (including letters of reference) must be received by the Institute on or before February 25, 2015. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Candidates may be invited for a phone interview or interview in person at AAS. All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential.
Awards will be announced no later than April 29, 2015. Acceptance of award is due no later than May 5, 2015.
Please return completed applications to:
Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies
ATTN: Laura Lechner
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, Room 934
New York, NY 10027
For more information on the Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies, please contact Laura Lechner, Student Affairs Coordinator, at

Friday, January 23, 2015

Call for Applications: MA/MSc in International and World History - Columbia University and the London School of Economics

Call for Applications: MA/MSc in International and World History -- Columbia University and the London School of Economics
Deadline: MARCH 2, 2015 
The MA/MSc program in International and World History seeks talented applicants for its Fall 2015 entry. This unique two-year program offers students an opportunity to work with preeminent historians at Columbia University and the London School of Economics to explore transnational forces that have shaped and continue to remake our world: migration, trade, war, technology, epidemic disease, and environmental change. The innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training, providing the students with new frameworks and tools to understand our past. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.
Students spend the first year in New York and the second year in London and receive degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s greatest cities, graduates develop life-long contacts on both sides of the Atlantic, using Columbia and LSE as launching pads for a wide range of careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The program offers summer research fellowships and financial aid opportunities. 

Visit to learn more about the program, or find us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vacancy Announcement at UNOPS


Vacancy Announcement

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. To ensure more effective support and oversight of ongoing projects/programmes and facilitate the development of new projects/programmes, UNOPS established its Cambodia Office in early 2013. This Office oversees a regional portfolio that includes a multi-donor funded project to support the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the malaria programmes funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (GFATM).

As UNOPS is expanding its operations in Asia, we are looking for highly competent Interns to join the regional business and project development team in Cambodia.

Duty Station
Business Intelligence and Strategy Analyst (Intern)
Phnom Penh
Project Development and Communications Analyst (Intern)
Phnom Penh
Graphic Designer and Desktop Publisher (Intern)
Phnom Penh

Interested applicants are requested to apply via the UNOPS Global Personnel Recruitment System (GPRS)
More information about the contract modality and the application process can also be found on

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to participate in the recruitment process.

UNOPS, Phnom Penh Center’s 6th Floor, Room # 628,
Corner of Sihanouk and Sothearos Blvds., 12301 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CfP: Female Religious Authority in Southeast Asia: Exemplars, Institutions, Practices

A double session on "Female Religious Authority in Southeast Asia: Exemplars, Institutions, Practices" will take place at the EuroSEAS Conference in Vienna, August 11-14, 2015.

The panel description is below and paper proposals on the topic are invited.This panel shall also include papers on religions other than Islam.

Interested parties are requested to send a 300 word paper abstract until February 15, 2015 (to David Kloos <Kloos@KITLV.NL> and Mirjam Künkler <kuenkler@Princeton.EDU>).

CfP: Female Religious Authority in Southeast Asia:  Exemplars, Institutions, Practices

This panel looks at forms of, and changes in, female religious authority in Southeast Asia in comparative perspective. The significant role of women in participating in, and shaping, religious scholarly traditions through the centuries is still hardly reflected in either academic or public perceptions. Nearly all classic accounts of religious authority, whether in Islam,  Buddhism or Catholicism, proceed from the assumption that this authority is male. The possibility that women might exercise various aspects of religious authority is usually not considered. Yet, when we dissect religious authority into its various manifestations (leading prayer, preaching, providing religious counselling, issuing legal injunctions, redacting and transmitting scripture, judging in religious courts, shaping the scholarly tradition), nuances emerge that call the exclusively male character of religious authority into question.
        In recent years, a few case studies of women exercising any of these roles in particular contexts have been published by scholars working in different fields, including history, sociology, anthropology, politics, and law. Publications have focused on such topics as female teachers, scholars, and preachers, women’s religious reading and study groups, ritual leadership, the role of the state in shaping female religious authority, and religious feminism. What is missing are comparative accounts that attempt to formulate hypotheses as to which conditions and developments (theological, jurisprudential, social, economic, political) particularly enhanced, promoted, and stifled the phenomenon. This panel will bring together papers that discuss how different actors, including (male) religious leaders, agents of the state, and the majority of ‘ordinary’ or non-activist believers, facilitate female religious leadership? How does this vary across different religious backgrounds (Islamic, Catholic, Buddhist)? What generalizable patterns can be discerned across different religions? And how do these patterns relate to national contexts and the importance of locality?

Conveners: David Kloos and Mirjam Künkler

We will hold a double session with 7-8 presenters and several paper discussants. Papers will be pre-circulated and read by all participants, so that everyone is prepared to discuss the issues at hand in depth.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A S Book Review Coordinator Position Available

AS Book Review Coordinator Position Available
The Association for Asian Studies is seeking a PT Book Review Coordinator for the Journal of Asian Studies(  The coordinator will regularly communicate and work with AAS secretariat staff in Ann Arbor, JAS editorial staff at UC-Irvine, and individual area-specific book review editors to facilitate and oversee the book review process.  Primary functions will include:

1. Screening books submitted for review to the secretariat by publishers to determine "review worthiness" and to direct them to the most appropriate individual book review editor (BRE).

2. Improving coverage by regularly consulting with all parties mentioned above to determine which recently-published titles have not been submitted for review and should be solicited from publishers.

3. Monitoring status of reviews in progress through an online tracking system and direct communication with BREs.

Ideally the coordinator will be a trained Asianist scholar located in or near Ann Arbor, and be able to regularly visit the secretariat office in the Briarwood area to physically review submitted books as mentioned in #1 above.  The coordinator also should be familiar with the overall Asian Studies publishing scene, and have broad interests beyond their own academic specialization.  Good organizational and communication skills as well as a proactive approach will be essential in overseeing the review process, facilitating regular and effective communication between 14 BREs, the editorial office, and the secretariat, and in requesting books from publishers.

We anticipate the position will require approximately 8 hours or one day per week.  The coordinator will be expected to arrange regular face-to-face meetings with local BREs when possible, and with non-local BREs and editorial office staff via email, phone or Skype to discuss submitted books, identify significant works that have not been submitted for review, suggest possible review writers for individual titles, etc.  In addition to regular weekly communication, partial travel funding is provided to enable JAS editorial staff to meet and discuss policies and procedures at the AAS annual conference.

We are able to offer an annual stipend of $8,000 for the position paid on a quarterly basis.

Interested parties should respond via email to Michael Paschal at with a letter elaborating on their interest in the position, and a short C.V.  We will begin to review applications immediately and hope to make an appointment prior to the upcoming annual conference in Chicago in late March.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Lee Kong Chian Nus-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia


The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University (Stanford) are pleased to announce that applications are welcome between now and 1 March 2015 for the 2015 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia. Interested individuals with backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority. 

One or two candidates may be awarded fellowships. A successful candidate will spend one, two, or three months at NUS and one, two, or three months at Stanford, writing and conducting research on, or related to, contemporary Southeast Asia.  Fellows will also have opportunities to speak and take part in seminars and workshops organized by relevant campus units. In determining the overall length of the fellowship and the sequencing of the stays at each campus, the preferences of the fellow concerned will be taken into account. 

Fellowships will normally begin and end within the period from 1 June 2015 to 31 August 2016. Each fellowship will coverone roundtrip economy-class airfare from the fellow’s country of residence to NUS (or Stanford), continuing on to Stanford (or NUS), and returning from Stanford (or NUS) to the fellow’s country of residence, and will include a stipend of US$ 7500 per month during the fellowship period. 

Applicants should submit the following six (6) items:
(1) a project statement (not exceeding three pages) that addresses the candidate’s research project’s central analytic question(s), explains its intellectual contribution to scholarship on Southeast Asia, and describes the writing and research envisaged during the fellowship. The statement should also clearly state the specific research outcomes envisaged.
(2) a detailed schedule of the proposed fellowship period including dates of anticipated residence at NUS and at Stanford.
(3) a sample of published, English-language work by the candidate that is directly or indirectly related to the research project.
(4) the candidate’s full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
(5) full contact information, including email addresses, for three (3) academic referees who should be able, if asked, to evaluate the proposal and the candidate.
(6) full contact information for the applicant including an email address.

Complete applications are due by 1 March 2015.  Results will be announced no later than late April 2015. 

Applications should be sent simultaneously to both NUS and Stanford at these addresses:
NUS - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia, Research Division, Dean’s Office, FASS, National University of Singapore, The Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Block AS7, Level 6, Singapore 117570
Email:; tel: (65) 6516 7035; fax (65) 6773 6878

Stanford - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia,
Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Encina Hall E-301, Stanford University, 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6055, USA
Email: ; tel: (650) 724 6403; fax (650) 650 723 6530

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The research training program, in partnership with Thailand’s Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development, focuses on the management and prevention of non-communicable diseases. 
 The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) has expanded its collaborations with several government and community organizations in Thailand to establish a training plan in nursing, interdisciplinary, and health systems research.  As Thailand has made progress in decreasing infectious diseases, the Southeast Asian country is experiencing an upsurge in chronic disease. UMSN’s Fogarty International Training Program for Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand aims to build research capacity focused on prevention, primary care, and long-term management of chronic disease.

Candidates must be from Thailand. All visits will be held on the University of Michigan campus. The grant, funded by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute for Nursing Research, includes two options for prospective candidates:  

Three-Year, Three Visits (3-4 Months/Visit) Training Option
·         For junior faculty early in their career development.
·         Four candidates each year
·         Multiple year postdoctoral fellowship to achieve specific objectives over the five years of the grant to become independent NCD researchers
·         Return each year for three years with specific objectives and outcomes
Single-Visit, Short-Term Training Option:
·         Open to mid- and senior-level scientists, teachers, administrators and policy makers who have an interest in NCDs 
·         May enroll in one of many short courses/programs available at University of Michigan during the summer months. [See summer courses]
Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2015

Applications are also now being accepted for the two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Four postdoctoral positions available at the Weatherheast East Asian Institute at Columbia University

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University is pleased to announce four postdoctoral positions for the academic year 2015-16. Three of these positions are part of the Borg Research Program, a three-year initiative to support teaching, research, and public outreach on issues relating the United States and East and Southeast Asia, funded by the Dorothy Borg Endowment.  The fourth position is part of the INTERACT program,  a pioneering program that focuses on developing global studies in the undergraduate curriculum through a network of postdoctoral scholars focused on cross-regional, trans-regional and interdisciplinary study.

For specific information on individual positions, including how to apply, please see links below: 

All application materials must be received by the Institute on or before February 25, 2015.   For more information, please contact