Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Announcement for Visiting Scholars and Small Research Grants, Year 2008-2009

The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University would like to inform you about the announcement for RCSD Visiting Scholar and Small Research Grants, Year 2008-2009. The fellowships aim to enhance capacity of human resources in the Mekong Region by using social sciences tools in exploring and understanding changes, relationships and complexity of issues such as transborder, resource management, ethnicity, cultural diversity, etc. in the context of regionalized development. It also aims to enhance understanding, information sharing and mutual learning regarding emerging issues of the Mekong Region, linked to a deeper and boarder conceptual understanding and analysis.

The Visiting Scholar Fellowships will be granted to academics, researchers, NGO workers from countries in the Mekong Region who would like to spend time in a dynamic multidisciplinary academic environment at RCSD for a period of three to six months. Fellows will be requested to write working papers based on their research projects and areas of their respective interests.

The Small Research Grants will provide the opportunity for interested people who are from both the academic and non-academic sectors such as a non-government organizations and media, etc to conduct research in the areas of social science and sustainable development focusing on the Mekong Region. Mid-career researchers, NGOs workers, development practitioners, and M.A and Ph.D. students who are pursuing their field research are eligible to applying for the research grants.

Both fellowships will be open to interested scholars, researchers, NGO workers, and media from countries in the Mekong Region whose citizenships were Thailand and neighboring countries in the Mekong Region namely; Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Southwest China only. RCSD will provide support which includes a monthly stipend, traveling costs, health insurance, books and supplies for the visiting scholars. As for Small Research Grants, the grant will also include monthly stipend, field research expenses and book and supplies.

Please find the announcement enclosed and an application form. It would be grateful if this information could be made available to the wider public and those who are interested applying for the fellowships. More information can be obtained by accessing our webpage: or contact us at

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