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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

  • 1.  Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

    Posted 12-21-2018 15:17
    Dear Community,

    The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University has an PD opening coming up.
    Short-notice, but if there is anyone who is interested please take a look!

    Mario Lopez

    DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

    The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University,
    Japan, invites applications for a two-year CSEAS Postdoctoral Fellowship
    under its program "Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies."

    Southeast Asia, through its regional inter-governmental institution of
    ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has emerged as a hub for
    Asian community-building. The highly diverse societies in this region
    have undergone rapid social, economic, political and environmental changes.

    Under this six-year program funded by the Japanese Ministry of
    Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), we aim to
    establish several sub-projects that are solution-oriented. By developing
    a "transdisciplinary platform", we seek to generate a practical dialogue
    between academic and non-academic stakeholders for transformative
    research on the ASEAN region.

    We attend to a variety of issues, such as:

    1) environmental degradation
    2) natural resource governance
    3) economic growth and distribution
    4) democratization
    5) aging, health, and welfare
    6) urbanization and depopulation
    7) emerging infectious diseases
    8) natural disasters

    The root causes of these pressing issues must be understood and
    solutions must be sought beyond the confinement of nationalism, academic
    disciplinarity, and barriers separating academic and non-academic

    This transdisciplinary program seeks to promote sustainable development
    in Southeast Asia by analyzing the complex interactions between
    ecological and socio-political environments; by developing strategies
    and techniques for managing social, political, economic, cultural and
    environmental challenges; and by creating a platform for dialogue among
    scholars from across disciplines (including the natural sciences) and
    with practitioners in non-academic institutions, government,
    non-government, and international organizations (for further
    information, visit One
    postdoctoral fellowships will be offered. The postdoctoral fellowship
    will be for two years, with a starting date of July 1, 2019. The
    fellowship is intended to provide an up-and-coming researcher with the
    time, space, and financial as well as institutional support necessary to
    produce outstanding scholarship that will promote the study of
    sustainable societies in Southeast Asia.

    We seek applicants from a diversity of backgrounds who are academically
    inclined and interested, including government, civil society, grassroots
    organizations, and business. We are particularly interested in
    candidates who work across these boundaries and are motivated to fulfill
    the aims and purposes of the Center's research program. Such candidates
    should be in a position to help CSEAS expand and strengthen its research
    and professional networks throughout Northeast and Southeast Asia.


    We encourage applications from researchers with a Ph.D. or proof of a
    solid research and publication track record in area studies,
    sociocultural anthropology, geography, sociology, economics, politics,
    political economy, political ecology, forestry, biology, medicine,
    ecology, hydrology, climate science, fisheries science, environmental
    science, disaster science, natural resources, governance or related
    disciplines. The applicant must not be the recipient of a JSPS
    Postdoctoral Fellowship or similar programs at the time of employment.
    While the application is open to candidates from all regions of the
    world, preference will be given to applicants from Southeast Asia or who
    have Southeast Asian heritage. Additionally, we have a preference for
    candidates who work on maritime/insular Southeast Asia.

    The applicant must submit the following documents online:
    Online Application form:

    1) Curriculum Vitae (must include information on language skills, both
    oral and written; list of presentations at international academic
    conferences and seminars; fieldwork experiences; list of grants and
    awards; and complete list of publications, indicating which ones are
    2) Two recommendation letters*
    3) Samples of major publications (two samples with abstracts; electronic
    copies or photocopies are acceptable)
    4) Summary of scholarly activities and achievements (1200 words or less)
    5) Statement of your research, writing, and publication goals for this
    fellowship, and your contribution to the research theme or topic(s)
    outlined by the research cluster that you wish to be a part of (1200 words)

    *The recommendation letter can be directly sent from the referee via by email attachment.

    Shortlisted candidates may be interviewed over Google Hangouts, and will
    therefore be requested to open a Google account or provide the CSEAS
    with information regarding existing Google addresses.

    For information on eligibility and application procedures, see here.

    For further inquiries, please contact us at
    (please use "CSEAS fellowships" as subject heading).

    CSEAS is an equal employment opportunity employer and we strongly
    encourage members from historically underrepresented communities,
    especially women, to apply.