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.


  1. Applications in English are invited from candidates of all nationalities.
  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 portal 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 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.

  9. Fellowships will commence as early as January 2018.
  10. The appointment will be tenable for a period of two years, subject to peer evaluation of performance by CSEAS.
  11. 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.
  12. Financial subsidies for travel (one-way economy airfare) and moving expenses for the candidate only 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. 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.
  17. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided shared working space, access to office facilities and library resources at both CSEAS and Kyoto University research networks.
  18. Financial support of approximately JPY ¥300,000 per year (subject to approval) for fieldwork research and conference attendance will be provided.
  19. 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.
  20. There is a possibility for the postdoctoral fellow to be involved with university research and outreach programs.

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