Library and Special Collections Fellowship

Fellowship Opportunity Announcement

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University Library, and the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan offers a four-week research fellowship to Southeast Asian scholars to use the research resources of the University of Michigan. Information on U-M collections can be accessed here and include specialized collections on the Philippine-American period, Philippine ethnology and archaeology, and the Vietnam War.   

The Fellowship provides reimbursement for international airfare, research funds, and stipend and housing while the scholar is in residence at Ann Arbor. The scholar will enjoy research space and computing privileges at the University, as well as assistance from the Southeast Asia research librarian and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic community at the University.  CSEAS collaborates with students and faculty members on programming at the University, including a regular lecture series, courses, workshops, and conferences, as well as outreach to the community in the form of school visits, resources for teachers, and public performances. 

Fellowship Details and RequirementsInternational travel reimbursement up to US$1,500 for round-trip travel from the scholars’ home to Ann Arbor, Michigan

The fellowship provides:

  • International travel reimbursement up to US$1,500 for round-trip travel from the scholars’ home to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Housing on the U-M campus for up to four weeks
  • Health insurance
  • Research funds of $200
  • Living expenses of $500

Scholars must be affiliated with an institution of education in Southeast Asia.  Research on any topic relevant to Southeast Asian studies is acceptable, though preference will be given to those whose topics are particularly relevant to the holdings of the University of Michigan. No special allowances or additional funds are available for scholars who choose to bring family members with them.

TimelineCompetition opens in January for the following academic year, with applications due on May 31

The competition for this coming academic year is now closed Applications for next year are due on May 31, 2016 for fellowships in residence in October 2016, March 2017, or July 2017.  On the application, scholars must indicate the month for which they are applying. Decisions will be made and communicated to the scholars in early July, with final acceptance of the fellowship required by July 31, 2016.

ApplicationApplications are due in electronic form by May 31. Submit all materials as one pdf file. A completed application includes:

Applications are due in electronic form to by May 31. Submit all materials as one pdf file.  A completed application includes:

  • Application Form
  • CV
  • Letter of affiliation with a Southeast Asian educational institution, specifying status, from the university administration/department head.
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor, if scholar is a graduate student.
  • Essay, not to exceed 3 pages, detailing 1) the nature of the research to be undertaken 2) the collections to be utilized and 3) expected publications or results of research.