Center for Khmer Studies Summer Fellowship

Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia 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.

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.


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.


CKS covers the costs of tuition, accommodation (bed and breakfast), local transportation whilst taking part in program activities, books and study materials, and some field trip expenses such as entrance fees to historical and cultural sites. CKS has also made available small program grants, worth up to $800, to help with international air fares, visas, and medical insurance. All other living and personal expenses will be incurred by the individual fellows.


US and French applicants should provide the following, preferably electronically:

  1. Application form
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Two (2) recommendations from professors (these can be submitted electronically directly from professor from university/professional email address)
  5. CV


Deadline for this program is often at the end of February.


Class Year

  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • Asia

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GWU Endorsement Required?