Asian Studies in Asia (ASIA) Fellows Award

Deadline: January 11, 2008

“The Awards are research grants that support young and middle-level Asian professionals to carry out a research project for a period of six to nine months in any one of the eighteen participating countries and one territory indicated, except their own.

The ASIA Fellows Awards are given in the fields of arts, culture, humanities and social sciences. Any research project that will study or further investigate human activities may be considered for the award.

Eligible applicants
are citizens of and residents in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Republic of Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam may apply. Research projects can be carried out only in any one of the above mentioned countries (except the applicant’s own). However, residents of Hong Kong cannot apply for the fellowship and conduct their research in China or vice versa; and citizens of Singapore cannot apply for the fellowship and conduct research in Malaysia or vice versa.

Applicants must have a Master’s/Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training and experiences (minimum of 3 years of university teaching experiences for scholars or 5 years of work experience for professionals); 45 years old or younger at the time of the application deadline. However, those up to 50 years old proposing to do research in the field of Humanities may be given special consideration; and Proficiency in English or in the language of the host country appropriate to the proposed research project.

Those who are currently enrolled in a degree program, or have just completed a degree program for less than one to two years will not be eligible to apply. Those who were a recipient of a Ford Foundation fellowship grant within the last two years prior to the application is also ineligible.

The Award shall include the following provisions: Round-trip travel between home country and host country; Maintenance Allowance; In-country living allowance to cover housing and other expenses based upon the cost-of-living in the host country;
Limited Accident and Health Insurance; Field Trip/Language Training Allowance; Research Allowance including computer purchase and internet connectivity to communicate with colleagues, other ASIA Fellows and to access the Asian Scholarship Foundation website; Excess Baggage/Shipping Allowance

The Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Its office in Bangkok administers the ASIA Fellows Awards in the region with assistance from partner offices in Beijing, New Delhi, Manila, Hanoi, and Jakarta.

The principal goal of the ASIA Fellows Awards is to increase the overall awareness of intellectual resources in the countries of Northeast, South and Southeast Asia and to contribute to the growth of long-range capabilities for cross-regional knowledge sharing. The ASIA Fellows Awards seek to develop regional expertise, establish a multilateral network of Asian specialists from many disciplines, professional fields and countries, stimulate interdisciplinary research and inter-societal comparison, and contribute to new developments within existing area studies communities. The awards offer opportunities for outstanding young and mid-career Asian scholars, and professionals to gain knowledge of the countries in the region and an understanding of the contexts that shape global and regional issues through research.

Filipino applicants can send their completed application requirements to:

ASIA Fellows Awards
c/o Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC)
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City
Metro Manila 1101, Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 929-2671, 922-9625
Fax: (63-2) 924-4178, 922-9630

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