Date:    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:45:26 +0700

From:    Miles Kenney-Lazar <miles.kenney@GMAIL.COM>

Subject: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University


Dear all,


Please see information below concerning three new postdoctoral fellowships with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

Information can also be found at this website:



The deadline for applications is 30 September 2017. Any inquiries should be sent to applications@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp.


Please note that this is a slightly different postdoctoral fellowship than was advertised a few months ago. Potential candidates are welcome to apply to both.






Miles Kenney-Lazar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku

Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan





Since 1963 the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University has sought to promote interdisciplinary scholarship on Southeast Asia and beyond. CSEAS offers scholars from around the world the opportunity to pursue a range of scholarly endeavours in the invigorating atmosphere of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and main repository of the country’s cultural treasures.


CSEAS is now accepting applications for up to three postdoctoral fellowships on the themes of cross-regional studies, politics, the economy, social and cultural dynamics, the environment, and the global humanosphere.

The fellowships, which will be awarded in the first half of 2018, are tenable for a duration of 2 years (subject to performance evaluation). In addition to pursuing his/her own individual research agenda, there is a possibility of the fellow’s involvement in the Center’s teaching, research and outreach activities. Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel to and living expenses in Kyoto.

Research funds will be provided to facilitate his/her research activity.


*The deadline for applications is 30 September 2017.* Inquiries may be sent to applications@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp


*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.* ELIGIBILITY


   1. Applications in English are invited from candidates of all


   2. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for a PhD. from a

   reputable university no more than 3 years prior to the time of application.

   Applicants who are PhD. candidates must have been conferred their doctoral

   degrees by the time of taking up the fellowship.

   3. Applicants must provide a 1200-word research and publication plan for

   their time at CSEAS. This plan should include dates for publication outputs

   and possible venues for presentation/feedback. It should also include a

   statement on how the proposed research would complement existing CSEAS

   institutional research projects and/or how the proposed research opens up

   lines of collaboration with CSEAS faculty.

   4. Applicants should indicate the CSEAS research division that is most

   compatible to their research plan. The research divisions are as follows:

   - • *Cross-regional Studies*: This division fosters Area Studies

      approaches through the dynamic development of information resources and

      pioneering study resources. The intention of these endeavours is to utilize

      Area Studies approaches in a way that benefits the public sphere through

      social cooperation and practice-oriented initiatives.

      - • *Political & Economic Coexistence*: This division studies the

      political and economic dynamics of Southeast Asia in the context of

      globalization and regionalization. The division aims to analyze fundamental

      transformations in the arena of the political development and economy in

      Southeast Asia such as democracy, civil-military relations, political

      economy, economic trends and regionalism.

      - • *Social Coexistence*: The members of this division study the

      co-existence of groups and communities across Asia by looking at the

      changing interactions between culture and social dynamics. It explores

      issues such as social, religious, linguistic transformations, the politics

      of culture and knowledge production, the dynamics of family, gender and

      sexuality, in both contemporary and historical contexts. The emphasis is on

      fostering perspectives that challenge the disciplinary and geographic

      boundaries that have shaped the academic study of Southeast Asia and beyond.

      - • *Environmental Coexistence*: This division explores the

      co-existence of humans and the natural environment, focusing mainly on two

      areas. One is ecological resources, which pursues research on human ecology

      and environmental management systems. The other is life environment, which

      studies food, nutrition, and hygiene in relation to the environment.

      - • *Global Humanosphere*: By promoting dynamic comparative studies

      among more than one area of the world, this division engages with critical

      questions relating to issues of human development, global economy and

      governance, environment and natural resource use and peace and security in

      order to cultivate sustainable and peaceful coexistence of human societies

      in the 21st century.

   5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose and contact a current

   CSEAS faculty member who can act as a possible academic collaborator for

   the duration of the fellowship. Faculty profiles can be found here



   6. Applicants must indicate the name, affiliation and complete contact

   details of at least 2 academic referees at the time of application.

   7. Application dossiers must be submitted electronically to this submission



   by 30 September 2017. Please complete the online Applicant Information

   section and upload the following documents in PDF format :

   - i. Cover Letter (1 page)

      - ii. Curriculum Vitae (including a complete list of publications

      indicating which ones have been refereed, a full list of teaching

      experience including course names, a summary of academic experience, and

      information on language proficiencies).

      - iii. 1200-word Research and Publication Plan (as described in item

      3, above)

      - iv. Up to two samples of major publications with full citation


      - 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.


   8. Fellowships will commence as early as January 2018.

   9. The appointment will be tenable for a period of two years, subject to

   peer evaluation of performance by CSEAS.

   10. The fellow will receive a monthly salary 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.

   11. Financial subsidies for travel (one-way economy airfare) and moving

   expenses for the candidate only will be provided to successful applicants.

   12. 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.

   13. CSEAS Admin staff will be able to provide support in acquiring a

   Japanese working visa.WORKING CONDITIONS

   14. Fellows are expected to conduct research activity that leads to

   disseminating their work in reputable publication outlets. Publication

   objectives and outcomes shall be determined in consultation with the

   relevant CSEAS faculty counterpart.

   15. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided shared working space,

   access to office facilities and library resources at both CSEAS and Kyoto

   University research networks.

   16. Financial support of approximately JPY 300,000 per year (subject to

   approval) for fieldwork research and conference attendance will be provided.

   17. 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.

   18. There is a possibility for the postdoctoral fellow to be involved

   with university research and outreach programs.



Dr. Simon Batterbury

Professor of Political Ecology, LEC, Lancaster University, UK, Europe. S.batterbury @ lancaster.ac.uk

Principal Fellow | School of Geography | | University of Melbourne, 3010 VIC, Australia. |  simonpjb @ unimelb.edu.au



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