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Asia Fellows Program

Asia Fellows Program: Asian Studies in Asia (ASIA)

Program Summary

The ASIA Fellows Program offers opportunities to outstanding young and mid-career Asian scholars, policy makers, journalists and media professionals, to study and conduct research in a participating Asian country for up to nine months. Applications are accepted for projects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The principal goal of the program is to increase overall awareness of the intellectual resources in the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and South and Southeast Asia. Projects contribute to the development of long-range capabilities for cross-regional knowledge sharing. The program is establishing a multilateral network of Asian specialists in Asia, and contributing to new developments within existing area studies communities.

Fellowships may involve a variety of activities, including field-based research, language study, or courses related to another Asian country (preferably in a different region of Asia). Fellows may also have opportunities to present guest lectures or to conduct seminars and workshops at the invitation of host institutions. Projects must focus on an Asian country other than the applicant's own. While an applicant from South or Southeast Asia may propose a project in a country within his/her own region, preference is given to applicants who propose to study or conduct research in a region of Asia other than their own (e.g., a fellowship to an Indian scholar or professional for research/study in China). Applicants should not plan to study or conduct their research in a country with which their home country has a difficult diplomatic relationship because of the uncertainties of securing an affiliation and obtaining a visa for research or study for a long-term stay. Fellowships are not for the principal purpose of completing doctoral dissertations. The program includes an orientation conference and an annual conference at which fellows present their work to fellow grantees, members of the ASIA Fellows Program Advisory Board, and to scholars from the country in which the conference is held.


The program is open to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Republic of Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, the People's Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. Projects can be carried out only in these countries. The program is not open to applicants from Afghanistan, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, North Korea, or Taiwan, and projects cannot be carried out in these countries.

*Citizen of the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea or a participating country in South or Southeast Asia.
*Master's or doctoral degree or equivalent professional training and experience.
*Proficiency in English or in the language of the host country, as appropriate to the proposed research project.
*A minimum of three years of university teaching experience for scholars or five years of work experience for professionals.
*Preference is given to candidates under the age of 45 and to those without recent experience in the proposed host country.


The fellowship covers: travel to and from host country, living allowance, health insurance, computer purchase and internet connectivity, books, and professional materials


The deadline for application submission is January 11, 2002.

Application and for more information
Applications are available online or from one of the regional offices. Applications are reviewed during the spring, and notification of fellowship awards takes place in late spring. The annual conference and orientation is held in Bangkok in early summer and fellowships begin shortly thereafter. Exact dates for all deadlines and events are available each year from the ASIA Fellows Program office in Bangkok or from one of the other regional offices.

For further information on the program, please contact Dr. Lourdes Salvador, Regional Director, at the Asia Fellows Program office in Bangkok. Email: Also visit the Asia Fellows website at:

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