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Post-Doctoral Opportunity at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

  • 1.  Post-Doctoral Opportunity at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University

    Posted 02-05-2019 04:24

    Dear Community

    I am posting information on a post-doctoral felllowship on offer at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). I apologize it is short notice the deadline being the 28th February, 2019.


    Since 1963 the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University has sought to promote interdisciplinary scholarship on Southeast Asia and beyond. CSEAS houses a lively and collegial community of international scholars who pursue a range of academic endeavors in the invigorating atmosphere of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and repository of the country's cultural treasures.

    CSEAS is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship tenable for a duration of up to 2 years (subject to performance evaluation). In addition to pursuing his/her own individual research agenda, the fellow would be involved in facilitating the Center's research and scholarly outreach activities.

    Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover living expenses in Kyoto. The fellow will also receive one-way travel and relocation subsidies, an allocated research budget and institutional assistance in applying for additional internal and external research grants.

    The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.
    The fellow would be expected to commence on 1 August 2019.

    For information on eligibility and application procedures, see here.

    CSEAS is an equal opportunity institution committed to providing employees with a work
    environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, gender, gender
    identity or sexual orientation.


      1. Applications in English are invited from candidates of all nationalities.
      2. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for a PhD. in Southeast Asian studies (or a closely related discipline) from a reputable university no earlier than January 2016. Applicants who are PhD. candidates will be asked to provide official evidence that their doctoral degrees will be conferred by the time of taking up the fellowship.
      3. Applicants must provide a statement of their current research interests and how these would be channeled into a definitive publication plan for their time at CSEAS. This plan would ideally include prospective dates for output and possible venues for presentation/feedback. It should also specify how the fellow intends to contribute to the wider scholarly community at CSEAS.
      4. Applicants should nominate the CSEAS research division which is most compatible to their research plan. The research divisions are as follows (please follow this link for more information:
        • Cross-regional Studies
        • Political & Economic Coexistence
        • Social Coexistence
        • Environmental Coexistence
        • Global Humanosphere
      5. Applicants should nominate a current CSEAS full-time faculty member (excluding visiting fellows and affiliated staff) whose research interests are compatible with their own. The postdoctoral fellow will be automatically appointed to his/her faculty counterpart's research division for the duration of the fellowship. As such, it is strongly advised that the applicant contact the proposed faculty member beforehand. CSEAS faculty profiles can be found here:
      6. Applicants must indicate the name, affiliation and complete contact details (including official profile URLs) of 2 academic referees at the time of application.
      7. Application dossiers must be submitted through the online submission portal ( by 28 February 2019. The following documents are required:
        • i. Cover letter
        • ii. Curriculum Vitae (including full publications history, teaching and academic experience)
        • iii. Research plan for the fellowship term (as detailed in item 3 above) up to 1200 words.
        • iv. Up to two writing samples (preferably published articles/chapters with full citation record).
        • v. Academic Testamur indicating conferral of PhD. OR a letter from the relevant university administration office indicating the status of the applicant's Ph.D. candidacy.


      1. The fellowship will commence in August 2019.
      2. The appointment will be tenable for a period of up to two years, subject to peer evaluation of performance by CSEAS.
      3. The fellow will receive a monthly net stipend of approximately JPY ¥400,000. All salary and benefits-in-kind are subjected to taxation, social insurance and other deductions in accordance with Japanese law.
      4. One-way economy airfare to Japan and limited moving expenses will be provided to successful applicants.
      5. Rental subsidies are not included in the salary package. However, CSEAS administration staff may offer assistance in securing University housing or accommodation in the open housing market.
      6. CSEAS Admin staff will be able to provide support in acquiring a Japanese working visa.


    1. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided with a shared working space, access to office facilities and library resources at both CSEAS and Kyoto University research networks.
    2. Financial support of approximately JPY ¥300,000 per year (subject to committee approval) for fieldwork research and conference attendance will be provided.
    3. Fellows are expected to conduct research activities that lead to disseminating their work in reputable publication outlets. Publication objectives and outcomes shall be determined in consultation with the relevant CSEAS faculty counterpart.
    4. Fellows are expected to work with CSEAS administration staff in organizing and facilitating scholarly activities such as seminars, conferences, workshops and other established center programs and events.
    5. There is a possibility of part-time graduate teaching/mentorship within CSEAS during the fellowship term if it is determined to be beneficial for both CSEAS and the postdoctoral fellow.

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