CSEAS Fellowship for Visiting Scholars, 2010
(Application Deadline: July 31, 2010)

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University is now accepting applications from scholars and researchers who work on Southeast Asia, or on any one of the countries in that region, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan, in order to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study.

Since 1963, more than two hundred distinguished scholars have visited the Center for periods ranging from six months to one year. They have availed themselves of the Center’s considerable scholarly resources and the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country’s cultural treasures, to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies. The Center’s multi-disciplinary character and the diverse research interests of its faculty offer visiting scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.

Five fellowships will be awarded for the second half of 2010 on a competitive basis. Fellowships are normally for a six-month duration, although in exceptional cases they can be extended for an additional six months.

Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel and living expenses in Kyoto. Research funds will also be provided to facilitate his/her work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic travel, subject to government regulations, and a number of other facilities are available to visiting scholars. Fellows will be expected to reside in Kyoto for the duration of their fellowship period. Scholars are normally invited to deliver a public lecture during their term at the Center. Fellows will also be encouraged to submit an article for possible publication in the Center’s quarterly journal, Southeast Asian Studies, and to contribute to the online Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia.


Five fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:

1) March 1, 2011
2) May 1, 2011
3) June 11, 2011
4) July 1, 2011 (2 slots)


Applicants must be mid-career or senior researchers who will be under 63 years of age at the time of the commencement of the fellowship appointment. This fellowship is not available to individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies.

Application Procedure

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application via e-mail. Email applications must have the following attached documents (A4 size in PDF or MS word format):

  • a completed application form (can be downloaded from our website (http://www.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp)
  • a curriculum vitae (not exceeding 5 pages, must include research experience and a list of main publications)
  • two referees
    Applicants must also contact their respective referees and request them to send their letters of recommendations to CSEAS via email. The letter should be written in their institution’s letter head.

Email applications and letters of recommendations must be sent to this address: grants@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Important note: please put “CSEAS fellowship” as the subject or title of the email message, otherwise your message will not reach us).

Applicants with no access to email may write to CSEAS to request for an application form. They must then submit the above forms, as well as ask their referees to send their sealed letters of recommendation directly to:

General Affairs Section
Attention: CSEAS Fellowship
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Kyoto University
46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents. Application materials will not be returned.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2010 fellowship must reach us no later than July 31, 2010 regardless of the postmarked date. We regret that we cannot entertain individual queries or follow-ups about the results of selection by email, fax, or telephone. Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of October 2010.

For more information and for updates, please see our website. (http://www.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/index_en.html)