CSEAS Fellowship for Visiting Research Scholars 2017-2018


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University is now accepting applications from scholars and researchers who work on Southeast Asia, on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study.

Since 1963, more than three 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 research scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.

Seven fellowships will be awarded for 2017-2018 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 be provided to facilitate his/her work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic travel, subject to government regulations. Visiting Research Scholars are considered as employees of Kyoto University and are therefore subject to some of the University’s regulations. They will be expected to reside in Kyoto for the duration of their fellowship. They are expected to deliver a public lecture during their term at the Center and participate in conferences and other academic activities within Japan as representatives of the CSEAS. They are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Center’s journal, Southeast Asian Studies, the online journal Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, and other in-house publications, and contribute to expanding the CSEAS’ global alumni network.



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

1) October 1, 2017
2) December 1, 2017
3) January 9, 2018 (librarian)
4) February 1, 2018
5) April 1, 2018
6) May 1, 2018



Applicants must be productive scholars of high reputation under 65 years of age at the time of the fellowship appointment; those over 65 may be considered only if they are outstanding. This fellowship is not available to individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies. Only experienced librarians are eligible to apply for the library position. Scholars who have previously held CSEAS fellowships must wait six years after the completion of their fellowships before reapplying.


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)  a completed application form

b)  a curriculum vitae  (not exceeding 5 pages, must include research experience and a list of main publications)

c)  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 letterhead.

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 ask 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, Japan

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 2017-2018 fellowships must reach us no later than March 31, 2017 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 June 2017.
For more information and for updates, please see our website. (http://www-archive.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/www/2016/en/)