Monday, March 30, 2015

Summer 2015 Internship Opportunity

Position Vacancy - Summer 2015 Intern
BGA Headquarters – Washington, DC

BowerGroupAsia, Inc. ( is a specialized advisory firm working with premier multinational companies and humanitarian organizations in Asia. BowerGroupAsia (BGA) clients include Fortune 100 companies. With 14 field offices in Asia (and expanding) BGA brings unparalleled expertise, experience and networks in Asia and the Pacific to support the world’s top companies in facilitating investments, solving problems, managing risk and capturing new opportunities.

We are seeking an intern for BGA headquarters office to:

·         Provide research support for the headquarters office and BGA field offices throughout Asia and the Pacific relating to politics, economics, regulation, international trade, and business intelligence;
·         Prepare and edit briefings, profiles, presentations, memos, research papers, BGA event handbooks and other materials for clients;
·         Aid in the development of country specific news updates for clients;
·         Monitor relevant news items for client updates on sector-specific developments;
·         Cover events in Washington relating to the Asia-Pacific region at think tanks, universities, embassies, and other foreign policy relevant institutions and convey associated reports to BGA staff;
·         Provide logistical support for BGA events in Washington;
·         Support the work of BGA research directors, senior directors and managing directors as needed;
·         Assist with data inputting and other administrative tasks.

Job Qualifications:

We seek a collegial and highly motivated colleague who is equally comfortable and effective working in small teams and independently and has the following skills:

·         Strong research, analysis and writing skills and the ability to utilize them in conveying critical insights and information on political economy and the business policy environment is essential. A proven track record in producing deliverables such as described above will be highly advantageous.
·         Computer competence with Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and web browsing tools is required.
·         Specific knowledge in some areas of business would be ideal, including but not limited to: finance, energy, information technology and electronics, transport and distribution, manufacturing, fast-moving consumer goods, agriculture, healthcare, and media.
·         Specific knowledge of and experience with the Asia-Pacific region is also ideal.
·         High proficiency in a Southeast Asian or South Asian language, or in Chinese Mandarin will be an advantage.
·         Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a CV or resume and a cover letter to Research Director Farrah Meisel ( Please note that this is a paid internship and a commitment of 35 - 40 hours per week is requested.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Intensive Course in Old Javanese

Second Intensive course in Old Javanese

Trawas, Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia - 31 July through 15 August 2015
organized by the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas)
in collaboration with the École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and
the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)
Aiming to support the training of a new generation of Old Javanese philologists and to stimulate international collaboration in this field, the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in collaboration with the École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies, EFEO) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) will organize this year, for the second time, an international intensive course in Old Javanese.
Concept. An academic retreat lasting 15 days attended by about 20 students who will be guided in intensive manner by three specialists of Old Javanese philology. The program will take place in typical Javanese natural surroundings while the learning experience will be enriched by excursions to vestiges of ancient Hindu and Buddhist civilization in East Java.
Aim. The student who has completed the intensive course is able independently to read and analyse Old Javanese texts and is aware of the available research tools (Dictionaries, Grammars, etc.).
Location. The program will take place on a location on the flank of Mount Penanggungan in East Java that is conducive to intensive collective study and in whose vicinity are found vestiges of ancient Java such as temples, sculptures and stone inscriptions in Old Javanese language.
Dates. The program will take place from 31 July through 15 August, 2015.
Teachers. The team of teachers is composed of Willem van der Molen (KITLV and University of Indonesia), Arlo Griffiths (EFEO and UI) and Dwi Puspitorini (UI).
Course content. The first week we will focus on intensive study of Old Javanese grammar, after which, during the second week, we will read representative samples of three principal genres of the Old Javanese textual corpus: Parwas, Kakawins, Inscriptions (2 hours per day each). Students who already have significant experience with Old Javanese, for instance after graduating from last year's course, can also be accommodated.
Language of Instruction. English.
Participants. We will admit about 15 participants from Indonesian universities or other institutions. We also welcome about 5 foreign scholars of Sanskrit or other related fields, or foreign graduate students, who wish to learn Old Javanese.
Admission. Admission will proceed through selection on the basis of an application file, which should consist of:
  • (a) your CV
  • (b) a statement of motivation explaining your interest in participation
  • (c) if relevant a reasoned request for financial support toward your international travel costs

Please compile your application in a single pdf file and send it to as soon as possible to:
Panitia Kursus Intensif Bahasa Jawa Kunoemail: with cc to
Admission for foreign participants will be open from the date of publication of this announcement until 15 April.
Costs. Selected participants are expected to travel on their own expense to Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. In exceptional cases, we may be able to offer a contribution to those costs. There is no registration fee, and we will shoulder the costs of transportation between Surabaya and the location on Mount Penanggungan, lodging, board, excursions, and study material.
For details:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The United States-Indonesia Society - Call for Applications



The deadline for USINDO's Summer Language Study (Summer Studies) Program application submission is approaching: March 31, 2015. 

USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program from June to August held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students and recent graduates selected in a competitive application process.  This year Summer Studies program will begin on June 1 and end on August 5, 2015, including a 10-day term break to accommodate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of the fasting month, Ramadan.  In addition to the language course, the program will now also include short internship/volunteer work opportunities with local organizations in Yogyakarta. 
  The 2015 Summer Study Language Program Applications are available here. In addition to the Application Cover Page, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation.
For complete information on the program, download the information sheet here or visit the USINDO website

Applications must be received by USINDO no later than March 31, 2015Applicants will be notified of the decisions at the end of April 2015, subject to availability of funds.  
Application Submission
All application documentations must be submitted via email to

Recommenders must submit the letter of recommendation directly to the above email address. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their applications are submitted on time. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and undergraduate college seniors, enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate degree program, or recent graduates of any tertiary educational institution (within 6 months).

Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be judged by the clarity of communication in their personal statements and by their demonstrated interest in Indonesia. A good academic record will be required as well as a demonstrated interest and success in learning languages. Previous foreign travel is desirable but not necessary. Stated career plans will be judged in part on the likelihood that such a career will involve communicating knowledge of Indonesia to a broader audience.

Applicants will be required to participate in all Summer Studies activities, including attendance at classes and taking a final examination. Participants will be required to sign a statement verifying this intention, as well as a release form, upon admission to the program. Participants should be available to depart from the United States with the group.

The cost of the program participation is $2,000. Program cost covers tuition, housing and board, airfare, student visas, and health insurance. All other incidentals will be the responsibility of the students.
USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in the US. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO.
USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC.
Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until December 2015AND must have at least four blank visa pages in their passport.
Health Insurance
USINDO purchases international health insurance and will pay for the premium for each student for 3 months coverage (June, July, August). Students will be responsible for any deductible payments.
Contact Information
Additional questions can be directed to or call 202.232.1400.


USINDO's mission is to expand mutual understanding between the United States and Indonesia and its people, and to strengthen the bilateral relationship, including the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.  We implement our mission through expert lectures, conferences, and discussions in each country, and through educational and legislative exchange programs and partnerships. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Call for Applications for 2015/2016 MA Human Rights and PhD Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University, Thailand

The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) at Mahidol University in Thailand is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the 2015/2016 Academic Year for their Master of Arts Human Rights (International Program) and PhD Human Rights and Peace Studies (International Program).
Exciting scholarship opportunities are also available! For further information visit the IHRP website at:
IHRP programs are uniquely interdisciplinary and are redefining the fields of human rights and peace studies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Both the MA and PhD programs have attracted students from over 40 countries with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. IHRP offers a wealth of unique learning opportunities including fieldtrips for students to engage with local NGOs, meet with government officials, and gain a new understanding of human rights and peace in the field.
IHRP produces graduates who are:
  • knowledgeable about human rights and peace from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • equipped with research skills and an ability to relate their expertise within different political, economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • and possess the practical skills necessary to engage with and address human rights and peace challenges in society.

Further Information:
To learn more about the programs, application requirements, and scholarship eligibility visit our website at:

Application Deadline:
All application materials for the PhD and MA programs as well as scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday 30 April 2015.