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We are pleased to announce the details of our expanded and enhanced 2018 InterAsia Program Transregional Research Fellowships program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Since 2012, the SSRC has offered a Transregional Research Fellowship program aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in transregional research under the rubric InterAsian Contexts and Connections. These fellowships serve to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. In addition, the fellowships establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Since its inception, the intellectual thrust of the program has been the reconceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Research proposals supported by the fellowships examine processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and translocal contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). 

We are currently reviewing 2018 applications for two competitions, and will announce all final selection decisions in March 2018.

The first, the Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections, builds upon the SSRC’s current transregional grants program through which more than 65 individual fellowships totaling nearly $2.5 million have been awarded (please see detailed descriptions of our fellows’ research projects here). These fellowships support junior scholars (up to five years out of the PhD) as they complete first books or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the fellowships create networks and shared resources that will support fellows well beyond the award period, providing promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers. In 2018, approximately fifteen awards of up to $45,000 each will be awarded to scholars located in any world region. Award funds are to be disbursed flexibly over the period May 1, 2018–August 31, 2019. 

The second, the SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen, is a short-term fellowship opportunity offered in collaboration with the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Support will be provided to a small cohort of researchers who are working on projects that reflect the existing research expertise at the University, and that build upon the Global and Transregional Studies Platform's research themes: Movements of Knowledge, Transregional Populisms, and Religious Networks. Recipients will be based in residence at the University of Göttingen for the 2018 summer semester (approximate dates April 15, 2018–July 15, 2018).

For additional details on both fellowships competitions, please see our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


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