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This two-day dissertation writing workshop for UC students will be held January 28-29, 2022 at UC Berkeley. The deadline to submit applications is September 13, 2021.


UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies and UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies are accepting applications for participation in a two-day writing workshop for Ph.D. candidates whose research in the humanities and social sciences focuses on Southeast Asia. The workshop will be held Friday-Saturday, January 28-29, 2022 at UC Berkeley. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, September 13, 2021.

The workshop is intended for advanced students who are currently engaged in writing a dissertation or earlier stage students who are developing dissertation proposals. The purpose of the workshop is for the participants to present their work and secure feedback from faculty and fellow students, with an emphasis to be placed primarily on the theoretical and/or conceptual foundations of the material presented, with some discussion on research methods and writing approaches.

This workshop is open to graduate students currently enrolled at any University of California campus. UC Berkeley CSEAS and UCLA CSEAS will cover roundtrip airfare, ground transportation and lodging for three nights in Berkeley for most participants. Participants within easy driving distance will receive mileage reimbursement and two nights’ lodging in Berkeley. Some meals will be provided.

The workshop will be held at the Institute of East Asian Studies in downtown Berkeley. It is supported by the UC Berkeley-UCLA consortium grant as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia.


Applicants should be Ph.D. candidates currently writing their dissertation proposal or Ph.D. candidates with at least one chapter of their dissertation completed.

Required Application Materials:

  • Applicant's name, department, university, email address, dissertation title, and dissertation chair;
  • A one-page proposal, single spaced, that clearly addresses the state of the dissertation proposal or dissertation; and
  • A one-page letter of support from one's dissertation chair (can be submitted separately).

Application materials are due on Monday, September 13, 2021 and should be sent by email to (PDF or .doc format). Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, October 8, 2021.

Invited participants will be asked to have their materials finalized to submit to UC Berkeley for distribution by Monday, December 20, 2021.

The workshop will be moderated by Dr. David Szanton (UC Berkeley). 

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Published: Thursday, July 1, 2021