Cultivating the Humanities & Social Sciences Initiative

CHSS Research Grants are closed for applications

The application portal for Cultivating the Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) short and long-term research grants closed to applications on September 30, 2022.

Thank you to all who applied. Awards are expected to be announced in December 2022. The next cycle of funding will open in Summer 2023.

Thank you to the translators, Dr. Muhammad Shabbir Ahsen, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Urdu), Dr. Trương Thị Thu Hằng, National University of Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese), Indrajeet Kumar Jha, PhD, ARSD College – University of Delhi (Hindi), Rogério Sávio Ma’averu (Tetun), Dr. Khammanh Siphanhxay (Lao), and Net Wanna, Royal University of Phmon Penh (Khmer).

With support from Sweden, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is coordinating a new $2.68-million project to support scholars located in economically disadvantaged regions of South and Southeast Asia. The project will focus on support for scholars from conflict areas and post-conflict countries, and particularly on junior faculty, graduate students, senior and independent scholars, women, and ethnic minority groups.

“Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences and Supporting Under-represented Scholars of Asia” is a four-year transnational initiative that will enhance the research capabilities of scholars and universities in select South and Southeast Asian countries to help reduce the vulnerabilities of low and lower-middle income countries in the region. The grant to AAS is part of Sweden’s regional development cooperation in low income countries and regions of Asia to support local research and research capacities of relevance for poverty reduction and sustainable and inclusive societies. These opportunities are available to both AAS members and non-AAS members.

Please read the FAQ section thoroughly before submitting your application for a CHSS research grant.

Scholars in Residence Fellowship

This Fellowship will have a rolling deadline; applications to be accepted starting in 2023

SIDA-AAS Student Paper Prize

Graduate students are welcome to apply starting Winter 2022

Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Research Grants

Research grant applications due September 30th, 2022

More opportunities

More information coming soon…

Watch the informational session for more details about the CHSS Research Grant opportunity.

Sample Budget Template (Excel download)

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • South and Southeast Asian nationals holding a Ph.D. or Master’s degree or equivalent who are—or will be—engaged in the academic profession in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Scholars, students, independent researchers, and public intellectuals, who are based in low- and lower medium-income countries as well as those who come from and may be living in post-conflict areas or areas where conflicts are still ongoing.
  • AAS membership is not a requirement.

Fellowships and Grant Opportunities

Short and Long-Term Research Grants (CHSS)

About this Opportunity
  • The proposed short- and long-term research grants will support academic projects that advance the fields of the humanities and the social sciences in under-represented regions of Asia. In the humanities, they may include research focused on history, philosophy, religion, languages, literatures, and fine and performing arts. In the social sciences they include − but are not limited to − the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, law, politics, psychology, sociology, etc.
  • The Association for Asian Studies invites applications from low- and lower middle-income countries of Southeast Asia (e.g., Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as from less economically advantaged countries and areas of South Asia (e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India). When evaluating proposals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, the review committee will prioritize applicants who come from regions and/or institutions with resource and infrastructure constraints.
  • We also encourage collaborative projects, especially those that partner scholars from under-resourced institutions with colleagues at institutions that offer more resources and infrastructure to support their work.
  • In addition, the CHSS grant program encourages individual and group projects (such as those bringing senior and junior scholars together) that will explore the subjects of
    1. democracy
    2. human rights
    3. gender
    4. the environment
  • These themes may be researched on their own, or in combination with one another, or in ways that cut across the humanities and social sciences.
  • The program also welcomes proposals for special initiatives aim at the recording, preservation, and dissemination of endangered languages, oral histories, and traditional knowledge.
  • The proposed short- and long-term research grants should support the work of postdoctoral scholars, Ph.D., or Masters students who wish to undertake research essential for their thesis, dissertation. and/or book projects, or for manuscript revisions, conference papers, and journal articles.
  • Recipients of the CHSS short- and long-term research grants will subsequently be invited to submit a panel proposal at an AAS-in-Asia conference, where they will share the results of their research projects, participate in skill-building or publishing workshops, and explore opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals with our publishing partners based in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., as well as in the Association’s own publication series.
  • Applications are due September 30, 2022.
  • Award decisions will be made by November 30, 2022 and applicants will be notified in December 2022 if their project was awarded funding.
  • The grants will be awarded with the understanding that within two years of completion of their project, the recipients will present the results of their research at an AAS-in-Asia conference, or a similar international conference, with acknowledgment of the award. Any publication based on the funded research should also acknowledge the AAS-Sweden Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants.

Funding may be used for:

  • Research essential for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. and Master’s students thesis, dissertation, and/or book projects, or for manuscript revisions and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Small scholarly seminars and pedagogical workshops.
  • Translation, curriculum development, and textbooks projects that facilitate the dissemination and implementation of the research results.
  • Documentary films and visual arts projects.

Funding may not be used for:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses to attend a professional conference.
  • The funding may not be used in conjunction with another research grant.
Who is Eligible to Apply
  • Graduate students (both MA and Ph.D.), junior scholars, and senior scholars are eligible and welcome to apply.
  • Under-represented constituents of the transnational Asian Studies community, or those from or living in post-conflict areas or in areas where conflicts are ongoing.
  • People living in low and lower-middle income areas of South and Southeast Asia.
  • Masters’ students who may not be able to continue on a Ph.D. track due to circumstances beyond their control are also encouraged to apply.

Ideal applicants should be residing in (or from) the following areas:

Low- and lower middle-income countries of Southeast Asia (e.g., Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as from less economically advantaged countries and areas of South Asia (e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India). When evaluating proposals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, the review committee will prioritize applicants who come from regions and/or institutions with resource and infrastructure constraints. We also encourage collaborative projects, especially those that partner scholars from under-resourced institutions with colleagues at institutions that offer more resources and infrastructure to support their work.

How to Apply

Helpful Documents:

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply

Sample Research Proposal

Sample Budget Template (Excel download)

SIDA per diem rates

Please Note:

  • Applications are due September 30, 2022.
  • You will need to secure 2 letters from referees. Please notify your referees before sending them the invitation to submit their letter on your behalf in the application portal. Referees will receive an automated email with the link to the application portal from the AAS Grants Manager, Molly DeDona, at grants@asianstudies.org. If any issues arise, please contact the AAS Grants Manager for assistance.

Please prepare:

  • A cover letter outlining:
    1. How the research grant will be used
    2. How it will contribute to the applicant’s professional development and academic career
    3. How this will contribute to the field of South or Southeast Asian studies in general
    4. How this project or applicant is related to low-income or less economically advantaged regions of South or Southeast Asia
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) in English which should include:
    1. Your highest academic degree(s), including the granting institution, your field of concentration, and the year it was received
    2. Your academic experience(s) at higher education institutions, including any teaching and/or research experience(s). For each position, include the institution, department/faculty, your position title, whether this was full-time or part-time, and the dates worked.
    3. A full publication list (if applicable)
    4. Please ensure any work in English or that has an abstract in English is noted
    5. Please have CV’s of any Co-Principal Investigators and team members of your research project.
  • An 800-1,000 word research project proposal (including footnotes)
  • A budget of your project
  • A sample of the applicant’s writing work (no minimum length, but ideally 2,000 – 2,500 words)
  • A list of any other research grants you have previously received.
  • A timeline (as short as 2 months, or as long as 12 months).
    1. Successful applicants awarded funding for their projects are expected within two years of completion of their project, to present the results of their research at an AAS-in-Asia conference, or a similar international conference, with acknowledgment of the award. Any publication based on the funded research should also acknowledge the AAS-Sweden Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants.
    2. Short term grants are defined as less than 6 months, and long term grants are 6 – 12 months in duration.
  • Two recommendation letters by referees, who are familiar with the applicant’s field of research.
    1. Preference will be given to applicants who have never received a research grant in the past and/or who are based in an under-resourced institution. Each applicant must request that the letters be submitted via the online portal by September 30, 2022.
  • The grants will be awarded with the understanding that within two years of completion of their project, the recipients will present the results of their research at an AAS-in-Asia conference, or a similar international conference, with acknowledgment of the award. Any publication based on the funded research should also acknowledge the AAS-Sweden Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants.

FAQ

What amount of funding should I ask for?

It depends on the length of your project, in general, about $1,000 per month. For example, a 1 – 2 month project should request $1,000 – $2,000 USD, a 3 – 6 month project $3,000 – $6,000, etc. CHSS grants typically range from $2,000 – $12,000.

Do I need to be an AAS member to apply for funds?

No, you do not need to be an AAS member in order to apply. However, AAS members are also welcome to apply.

What should the funding be used for?

  • Research essential for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. and Master’s students thesis, dissertation, and/or book projects, or for manuscript revisions and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Small scholarly seminars and pedagogical workshops.
  • Translation, curriculum development and textbooks projects that facilitate the dissemination and implementation of the research results.
  • Documentary films and visual arts projects.

What may the funding not be used for?

  • Travel and accommodation expenses to attend a professional conference.
  • The funding may not be used in conjunction with another research grant.

Are stipends allowed under this grant?

No. Stipends, salaries, and time-based labor costs are not allowable costs under this grant.

When will award decisions be made? And when will I be notified if I was awarded funding?

Award decisions will be made by November 30, 2022. Applicants will be notified within a few weeks after this date if they are to receive funding.

How is funding distributed? 

For the individual research grants, AAS will withhold 20% of the total award which will be released upon submission of a research completion and financial report.  

I am a South/Southeast Asian national, but I currently reside outside South/Southeast Asia. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply. If you are currently based at a well-resourced institution, note that collaborative projects are encouraged, especially those that partner scholars from under-resourced institutions with colleagues at institutions that offer more resources and infrastructure to support their work. Collaborative projects should have at least one partner based in the one of the target areas (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, or India).

What countries are eligible? 

The Association for Asian Studies invites applications from low- and lower middle-income countries of Southeast Asia (e.g., Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as from less economically advantaged countries and areas of South Asia (e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India). When evaluating proposals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, the review committee will prioritize applicants who come from regions and/or institutions with resource and infrastructure constraints. Applications from the Maldives will also be considered.  

What is the definition of an “under-resourced institution?” 

We define “under-resourced institutions” as universities and think tanks that often lack the financial and human resources to develop their research capacity in the humanities and social sciences to their fullest potential. These institutions traditionally have limited grants opportunities for their faculty, fellows and students and they can also be geographically located at the periphery of major cities.  

Can current MA students apply?

Yes, current MA students may apply. Current PhD students may apply as well.

Am I eligible if I currently hold student loans?  

Any individual who currently is holding a student loan and intends to use the CHSS research grant to pay for tuition will not qualify.   

Can I submit more than one application to the CHSS grant program?

Yes, but only one research project per applicant will be awarded funding.

How many letters from a referee are needed on team or co-pi projects?

Only 2 letters from referees are required per application. As with individual projects, in the case of co-pi or team projects, the referee should be able to speak to the field of study in which the research project will take place. In co-pi projects, 1 referee letter per co-pi is advisable.

How many writing samples are needed on a co-pi or team projects?

Please cap the total word count to 2,500 words on co-pi or team project writing samples. In the case of co-pi projects, about 1,250 words per individual is appropriate. Writing samples for team projects should include a sample from the team lead, but may include all team members writing samples or co-written or edited papers.

How long do I have to work on my grant project?

The grants will be awarded with the understanding that within two years of completion of their project, the recipients will present the results of their research at an AAS-in-Asia conference, or a similar international conference, with acknowledgment of the award. Any publication based on the funded research should also acknowledge the AAS-Sweden Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants.

I am from an eligible country in Southeast Asia, but I have another citizenship. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, double nationality applicants can apply.

Is the grant also available for independent researchers not affiliated to any institution?

Independent researchers affiliated with think-tanks, NGOs or currently without an affiliation may apply.

If I am in SEA but not in the countries mentioned, would it be possible to apply with another researcher in the mentioned country?

It is possible to submit a joint application with the understanding that the purpose of this grant is to offer opportunities to scholars and institutions, who usually do not get access to the kind of support or resources available in other regions. In this case, the budget proposal will need to ensure that the funding essentially supports the researcher, who fits the eligibility criteria.

Is there an age limit for the applicants?

There is no age limit for the applicants.

If I am not awarded this time, can I re-apply in next round?

Yes, you can re-apply the following year. In addition, if your application is eligible for another AAS grants that is currently available, we will get in touch with you so that you can re-submit your proposal for this other opportunity, which will be assessed by a different selection committee.

Will proposals that require collaboration with official government institutions like the ministry of education or national museum be acceptable?

Yes, collaboration with governmental institutions or local NGOs meet the eligibility criteria since one of the goals of this CHSS project is to reduce the vulnerabilities of Southeast and South Asian low-income countries through policy-pertinent research to stimulate peacebuilding, cooperation, and development.


Scholars in Residence Fellowship (opening in 2023)

About this Opportunity
  • The SIDA-AAS Scholars in Residence fellowship aims to provide scholars whose lives, safety, and rights are endangered, with the necessary funding for short- (2 month) and medium-term (up to 12 months) relocation in a partner institution based in the regions or abroad.
  • This would include scholars who face threats to their academic freedom and live in areas with recent, protracted conflicts.
  • The Association for Asian Studies invites applications from low- and lower middle-income countries of Southeast Asia (e.g., Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as from less economically advantaged countries and areas of South Asia (e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India). When evaluating proposals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, the review committee will prioritize applicants who come from regions and/or institutions with resource and infrastructure constraints.
  • We also encourage collaborative projects, especially those that partner scholars from under-resourced institutions with colleagues at institutions that offer more resources and infrastructure to support their work.
  • This immediate response fellowship program is designed to assist scholars, students and public intellectuals who currently work − or live − in a hostile environment.
  • Drawing on the AAS’s institutional network in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., the goal is to identify suitable placements for the fellows to continue conducting research, teaching, and publishing in a safe environment.
  • These fellows will become part of the project’s network of scholars and will also benefit from and/or contribute actively to some of its components by means of collaborative projects, publications, workshops, mentoring of early career scholars or graduate students, etc. Moreover, the AAS monitoring, evaluation, and learning system and project partners will help ensure that the fellows remain safe during their fellowship with the necessary support and resources to carry out their academic work.
  • Rolling application deadline, with notification of successful applications to be sent out to the applicant within 3 weeks of the AAS receiving the application form.
How to Apply

The call for applications will open soon. The deadline is rolling, as this is an immediate response fellowship. Please note that you are unable to save and come back to this form; have the following information below ready as you go to fill out your application:

Prepare the following information before filling out your application:

Your CV in English, which should include:

  • Your highest academic degree(s), including the granting institution, your field of concentration, and the year it was received
  • Your academic experience(s) at higher education institutions, including any teaching and/or research experience(s). For each position, include the institution, department/faculty, your position title, whether this was full-time or part-time, and the dates worked.
  • A full publication list (if applicable).
  • Please ensure any work in English or that has an abstract in English is noted.

In addition, prepare 2-3 paragraphs, describing any risks you are experiencing and any direct threats against you. Specific information, including dates and locations of events, along with any corroborating information, is most helpful for our review of your application. Please know that any information you share with us will remain confidential among the review team.

SIDA-AAS Graduate Student Paper Prize (opening Winter 2022)

About the Prize
  • Ph.D. and Masters students are welcome to submit a paper for the SIDA-AAS Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • Winners will receive a travel allowance to the next AAS-in-Asia conference, where they will discuss their paper and officially receive their award.
  • Students will be able to submit their papers for consideration in the Fall/Winter of 2022. More details are forthcoming.
How to Apply
  • Please have the following ready before submitting your paper
    • Proof of Enrollment in a MA or PhD program
    • Your paper, which should be between 3,000 – 4,000 words

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