Junior Resident Fellows Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Due March 29th


The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students and recent graduates an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week (July 1 st-August 9 th , 2019) Junior Resident Fellows 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 major Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor, World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples. Fellows will also spend time in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh.

Who is eligible for this program? 

  • Citizens of one of the above 3 nationalities

  • Undergraduates or recent Baccalaureate degree (from Year 2 of Bac)

  • Good level of English in reading, speaking and writing


What to Expect?

CKS has been running the Junior Resident Fellows Program in Cambodia since 2004 to enthusiastic reviews. The program is intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, who may be considering graduate studies or careers involving the region. With this in mind, the focus is on striking a balance between academic rigor and extra-curricular activities, including field visits designed to give students a better understanding of contemporary Cambodia. Cambodian history and culture cannot be fully understood without considering the influence of powerful regional neighbors such as Thailand, Vietnam and China or international powers, like France, the United States, and more recently the United Nations. The program will, therefore, also focus on Cambodia’s past and present relationships with its neighbors 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 daily). The course begins 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 is given to how Cambodia has come to terms with the horrors of its more recent post-Khmer Rouge past, and the ways it is re-engaging with regional and international communities. Outside the classroom, fellows participate in field trips, including visits to historical and cultural sites, and interact with organizations in and around Siem Reap working in development, education, democracy promotion, human rights and journalism.

Language: The language of instruction is English. All fellows are expected to have sufficientEnglish language skills to be able to participate in classroom discussions. The American and French fellows will receive daily instruction in the Khmer Language, and the Cambodian fellows will attend English- language reading, writing and speaking skills seminars.

Cost:  CKS covers the costs of tuition, accommodations (bed and breakfast), localtransportation while taking part in program activities, books and study materials, and some field trip expenses such as entrance fees to historical and cultural sites. CKS also has small program grants, of between $600 – $800, to help with international air fares, visas, and medical insurance. All other living and personal expenses will be incurred by the individual fellows.


Program Requirements: 

Fellows are required to attend all classes, all field trips, and to participate in classroomdiscussions. They will also work on a short paper (10-15 pages) on a related topic of theirchoice, which they will present at the end of the program (10-15 minutes). This might be from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, politics, history, environment, urban development or sociology.

Download Application Form:

1. US Application form

2. French Application form

3. Cambodian Application form

For further information or to submit an application, please email, CKS Summer JuniorFellows Program, Tith Sreypich, at juniorfellowships@khmerstudies.org or write to PO Box 9380 – Wat Damnak Siem Reap, Cambodia.

For Frequently Asked Questions on the Junior Resident Fellows Program CLICK HERE

For the Previous Syllabus and Reading Material Click Here