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Summer 2006 Junior Fellowship Program in Cambodia

Center For Khmer Studies

Deadline: April 1, 2006

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, is offering five Junior Fellowship awards for a period of two months beginning on July 1, 2006. Junior fellows will be based in Siem Reap, near the historical complex of Angkor, where CKS has its headquarters, library and conference facilities. The objective of the program is to introduce young United States undergraduate students to Cambodia and Khmer civilization, history and culture.

Some knowledge of Cambodia and/or Southeast Asia is desirable but not necessary. The Junior Fellows will attend: (a) Khmer language classes for 6 hours/week; (b) at least one weekly seminar on Khmer history, culture and civilization organized by CKS; (c) field trip(s) in the vicinity of Siem Reap; and (d) a study trip to the Cambodian capital city, Phnom Penh. Fellows will also be expected to: (e) interact with French and Cambodian Junior fellows; (f) conduct and write up a research project on a topic of their own choice (20 pages maximum; including a critical bibliography); and (g) present their research to their peers at the end of the two month program. To foster connections to the local community, volunteer opportunities can be arranged.

Junior Fellow awards include round trip airfare from the United States to Cambodia, food, local transportation and books. CKS covers accommodation, tuition and field/study trips. In addition, Junior Fellows have access to CKS’s resources in Siem Reap, including the library, Internet and lecture/presentation facilities. Expect for the study trip to the capital city, Junior Fellows are expected to remain in Siem Reap for the two months and will be under the responsibility of CKS’s Summer Fellowship Program Director.

Application Eligibility and Requirements:
Candidates must be registered as undergraduate students in a United States university at the time of application and must hold United States citizenship.

Applicants should provide the following, preferably electronically:

Two page statement of research topic outlining area of interest and intended learning outcomes in Cambodia
List of relevant completed courses
Scanned university transcripts with cumulative GPA (scale 1- 4)
Two (2) recommendations from professors (can be submitted electronically directly from professor)
Brief description of the applicant’s overseas experiences and extra-curriculum activities

For further information or to submit an application, please contact:
The Center for Khmer Studies Summer Fellowship Program
Lesley Perlman
PO Box 9380 – Wat Damnak
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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