The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 2020


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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 2 postdoctoral fellowships tenable for a duration of up to 2 years (subject to performance evaluation). In addition to pursuing his/her own individual research agenda, the fellows would be involved in facilitating the Center’s research and scholarly outreach activities.

Successful applicants will receive a stipend to cover living expenses in Kyoto. Fellows 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 31 August 2019.
The fellows would be expected to commence on 1 April 2020.

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. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have a PhD. in Southeast Asian studies (or a closely related discipline) from a reputable university conferred no earlier than July 2016. All applicants need to provide a testamur/official document signed by the University registrar indicating that their doctoral degree has been/will be conferred before April 2020 (letters from thesis supervisors or Heads of Department are not sufficient). 
  3. Applicants must provide a 1200-word Research Plan, indicating their current research interests and how these would be channeled into a definitive dissemination/grant seeking/publication outcomes 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 program-specific faculty/researchers, affiliated faculty/staff, JSPS fellows, researchers and other visiting and non-permanent faculty) 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 upload letters of recommendation from 2 academic referees at the time of application.
  7. Application dossiers must be submitted through the online submission portal (#) by 31 August 2019. The following documents are required:
    • i. Cover letter
    • ii. Curriculum Vitae (including full publications history, teaching and academic experience)
    • iii. 1200-word Research Plan for the fellowship term (as detailed in item 3 above).
    • 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 Registrar indicating the status of the applicant’s Ph.D. candidacy. Note that letters from Heads of Department or Supervisors are insufficient.
    • vi. Letters of recommendation form TWO academic referees.

  9. The fellowship will commence in April 2020.
  10. The appointment will be tenable for a period of up to two years, subject to peer evaluation of performance by CSEAS.
  11. 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.
  12. One-way economy airfare to Japan and limited moving expenses will be provided to successful applicants.
  13. 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.
  14. CSEAS Admin staff will be able to provide support in acquiring a Japanese working visa.

  16. 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.
  17. Financial support of approximately JPY 300,000 per year (subject to committee approval) for fieldwork research and conference attendance will be provided.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Current Fellows


Andrey Damaledo

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Australian National University, 2016

My research interests focus mainly on eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste, though I am also developing new interests in other parts of Southeast Asia. The topics of my research are: transnational migration, nationalism, identity politics, conflict, peacebuilding and cultural anthropology. My PhD thesis was awarded the prestigious Anne Bates prize for the most outstanding research on Indonesian studies at the Australian National University. I am the author of a monograph entitled “Divided Loyalties: Displacement, Belonging and Citizenship among East Timorese in West Timor” (ANU Press 2018). My works have also been published in journals such as The Australian Journal of Anthropology and Review of Indonesia and Malaysia Affairs. My current research projects include: grassroots peacebuilding in Southeast Asia; Indonesian migrants in East Timor; religion and mobility in Timor Island (with Julius Bautista – CSEAS); traditional palm wine and sustainable livelihood in East Timor (with Domingos Freitas – UNTL).

Edoardo Siani

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, SOAS University of London, 2017

My current research project investigates notions of sovereign power in contemporary Buddhist Thailand. It draws from years of ethnographic research in Bangkok with religious practitioners like diviners (mo du) and spirit mediums (rang song) as well as ordinary individuals during an exceptional period in Thai history—the transition to a new reign. The project explores the hypothesis that sovereign power in Buddhist Thailand is understood as a divine substance, embodied in different quantities by different individuals. As sovereignty becomes contested in a period of transition, these individuals—religious practitioners and ordinary people alike—display their political aspirations by mastering idioms of Buddhist leadership. They thus signal their willingness to act as the bearers of sovereignty by drawing from and innovating on an existing model of leadership. From a theoretical perspective, this research brings classical works on power and cosmology in Southeast Asia into a dialogue with the scholarship on sovereignty.

Theara Thun

Ph.D. in History, National University of Singapore, 2018

Thun Theara

I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled “From Conventional Chronicles to Scholarly Historiography: An Intellectual History of Cambodia, 1850s-1960s”. The book is based on my PhD thesis, which was recently awarded the Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for the best PhD thesis in the Social Sciences/Humanities, National University of Singapore. After completing this manuscript, I intend to work on a collaborative book project on the politics of ethnicity in Cambodia between the 1950s and the 1980s.