Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program Siem Reap, Cambodia

Summer Junior Fellowship Program (2017) - Summer students

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the American Research Center in Cambodia, is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 weeks (from Saturday July 01st, 2017 to Thursday August 10th, 2017) Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples. It has a full range of study and research facilities, including the largest publicly accessible research library outside of Phnom Penh with over 12,000 books, journals and other reading materials in English French and Khmer, study carrels for up to twenty fellows, a spacious seminar room and conference hall. Resident fellows will also spend time studying in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.

What to Expect?

CKS has been running a Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Programs in Cambodia since 2004. The program is intended for those individuals who have a genuine interest in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, and who may be considering graduate studies or careers in the region. With this in mind the focus is on striking a balance between academic rigor and extra curricula activities and field visits designed to give students a better understanding of contemporary Cambodian society. Cambodian history and culture cannot be fully understood without considering the influence of powerful regional neighbours such and Thailand, Vietnam and China, and international powers, like France, the United States, and more recently the United Nations. The program, therefore, will also focus on Cambodia’s past and present relationships with its neighbours and its place within the region.

How is the Program Structured?

The program is led by a qualified instructor who has extensive teaching and research experience in Cambodian and Southeast Asian Studies. It is structured around interactive classroom sessions from Monday-Friday (2 hours in length) held in the CKS conference and seminar facilities in Siem Reap, and classroom in Phnom Penh. Select field trips will include visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, and interactions with national and international NGOs. Classroom sessions will begin by briefly covering Cambodia’s ancient past before examining major social, political, economic and cultural change since the country gained independence from France in the early 1950s. Particular attention will be paid to how Cambodia has come to terms with the horrors of its more recent past after the Khmer Rouge, and the ways it is re-engaging with regional and international communities. Outside of the classroom, in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh fellows will have the opportunity to go on field trips and interact with organizations working in the areas of development, education, democracy promotion, human rights and journalism. Total contact time is 45 hours; this does not include time spent on field trips.


The language of instruction is English. All fellows are expected to have sufficient English language skills to be able to participate in classroom discussions. The American and French fellows will also receive instruction in the Khmer Language, and the Cambodian fellows will be required, if necessary, to attend English language reading writing and speaking skills seminars.

Program Requirements

Fellows are required to attend all classes, including language, all field trips and participate in classroom discussions. They will also work on a small project (10 – 15 pages) on a related topic of their choice, which they will present at the end of the program (15 mins max). This could be from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, politics, art history or sociology.

Application and Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates must be registered as undergraduate students at the time of application and must hold United States, French or Cambodian citizenship (Cambodian applicants see below). Graduating seniors are eligible.

US and French applicants should provide the following, preferably electronically:
Application form
A two page statement outlining why they want to join the program, how they think the program will help them in their future careers, as well as a summary of their topic of interest to be presented at the end of the course.
Scanned university transcripts with cumulative GPA (scale 1- 4) (Because of limited internet service please ensure your transcripts are sent using the smallest files available).
Two (2) recommendations from professors (these can be submitted electronically directly from professor from university/professional email address) or write to PO Box 9380 – Wat Damnak Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Summer Junior Fellowship Program (2017) - Cambodian Scholars Application Process

Deadline: April 30th, 2017

The fellowship covers the cost of accommodation, tuition, field/study trips, local transport and include a small daily stipend allowance. In addition, the fellows will have access to CKS’s resources in Siem Reap, including the library, Internet and lecture/presentation facilities.

Application and Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates must be proficient in English speaking, reading and writing (TOEFL 400-500 or equivalent).
Each applicant should provide the following:
A one page statement of purpose (providing the reasons for wanting to participate in this program)
A two page statement outlining their topic of interest
Evidence of English level

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Sim Puthea: