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Funding from the Ford Foundation allows SEAS to provide
limited support for the research-related purposes of
Yale University graduate and undergraduate students
with a demonstrated commitment to the field of Southeast
Asian studies (Burma/Myanmar,
Cambodia, Indonesia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).
Purposes for Support
purposes for support include (but are not limited
to) language training*, masters thesis summer research,
pre-dissertation research field work, and funding
supplements required to bring a research project to
fruition. We do not fund long-term, basic dissertation
research, nor do we consider applications for funding
of activities connected with dissertation writeup.
Requests for funding of brief visits (< 3-4 weeks)
to fieldwork locales are considered to be minimally
productive, and will generally not be funded unless
they are necessary follow-ups to previous, more substantial
stays at the site. The Council strongly favors study
or field research durations of at least six weeks
We expect other sources of funding to be pursued
before and/or in addition to SEAS application
if possible, and such effort will be considered
positively by the award selection committee. (* Note:
As the best strategy for acquiring full funding, we
recommend that students request maximum allowable
amounts in all applications, rather than dividing
their total budget among potential funding sources.
AWARD OVERLAPS below.)
*Undergraduates seeking Yale credit for summer
language study abroad, click
for submission of 2013 Summer applications
(including all supporting materials and recommendation
letters) will be February 28, 2013. Applications
for academic 2013/2014 semester projects should also
be submitted at this time. We generally will not consider
applications for more than $3,000, in keeping with our
effort to provide minimal funding for training and research
necessary to a student's program and otherwise not available.
Please calculate your
budget carefully: post-award revisions in total amount
are not permitted.
Any graduate or undergraduate student currently enrolled
at Yale may apply. Applicants who will graduate before
the proposed project takes place will not be funded.
If relevant, please specify in as much detail as necessary
your language proficiency for the proposed project.
Applicants who are not native speakers are strongly
encouraged to submit the Language
Proficiency Evaluation Form or comparable
documentation. Applicants judged to be lacking appropriate
language preparation will ordinarily NOT be funded.
application materials must be submitted electronically
through the Yale Student Grants Database via File
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Please include the following
in each application:
Application Cover Page
(complete onscreen and save for upload on student
proposal (2 pages) succinctly specifying
the request, and justifying its importance
of transcript, from Student Information
Systems (SIS) (http://www.yale.edu/sis),
download and save as a word document or pdf
for application file upload)
letter of recommendation (from the faculty
member most directly relevant to the project).
-> Writers of recommendations should submit
letters via file upload. (See
Student Grant Database instructions). You will
be able to monitor upload completions, and it
will be your responsiblity see that the submission
deadline is met by your recommender.
- If relevant ->Language
Proficiency Evaluation Form (>click
here to download), or
letter from language instructor,
or personal statement regarding language
proficiency/training. These materials should also
be submitted via file upload if possible.
> Do NOT include
any other materials (e.g., c.v., bibliography,
additional letters of support, appendices). All
such materials will be deleted from your application
prior to review.
UNIVERSITY POLICY REGARDING HUMAN SUBJECTS
Yale University policy requires that certain
types of research projects involving human
subjects be reviewed and approved by an
Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to
the start of the study to ensure that the
project meets University Policy and any
other applicable regulations. To see if
your project needs to be reviewed, for advice
on working with human subjects, assistance
with consent forms, and for more information
about the IRB process and requirements go
SEAS Council REQUIRES all applicants
who may be working with human subjects to
CONTACT the Human
Subjects Committee to determine
whether their project requires a review.
Contact should be made as early
as possible, as the volume of applications
to the HRC increases later in the spring
DELAYS IN CONFIRMATION OF IRB APPROVAL
COULD MEAN DELAY IN RELEASE OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP
Although the Council initially reviews and ranks
all SEAS applications, final awards are not determined
until after a "Student Grant Overlap Meeting,"
usually held in mid-April. At this time, representatives
from a majority of grant and fellowship sources
throughout the University convene to coordinate
funding for students who may be recipients of more
than one award. A process of negotiation for sharing
or relinquishing awards for individual students
aims to eliminate any overfunding, and thus free
up program resources for full or partial awards
to selected students who may be underfunded. Awards
and negotiations are based on the Total Project
Budget as presented in the application(s), and recorded
in the database. (Barring appropriate explanation,
an applicant's Total Budget for a particular
project should be the same for each application).
We hope to notify all applicants of SEAS awards
on or before May 1.
**Should full funding
or over-funding of the total project budget occur
through additional sources, you will be expected
to decline or reimburse any SEAS award amounts over
As per University policy:
with SEAS funds must register your travel and complete
all of the required forms on the Yale
College Fellowships and Independent Activities Registration
page prior to receiving your award. (See Yale's
Travel Policy for Yale College Students).
GRADUATE STUDENTS must
submit a signed Assumption
of Risk Form. Completed, signed forms must be
turned in to the SEAS office prior to implementation
of awards. >Click
here to access
are encouraged to REGISTER your travel in
case of emergency. >>Click
here to access the Yale Travel Registration site.
See Yale's International Travel Guidlines at http://learn.yale.edu/world/travelform/index.asp
brief written report summarizing the results of
your project, and how your funds were used is required
at completion. Report forms will be available through
the SEAS office. Please note that if you are traveling,
you will need to submit your used airline
ticket as part of your report. If the cost of
the ticket is significantly lower than budgeted
in your application, you may be asked to submit
documentation showing how the surplus funds were
used. SEAS reserves the right to audit your use
of awarded funds. You
are advised to keep a log of all expenses associated
with this project, and to save receipts in case
an audit is requested for any reason.
you fail to undertake or complete your project as
planned and presented in your application, immediate
notification is required. Full or partial return
of awarded funds may be expected.
Please address any
questions to Kris
administrator for the Southeast Asia Council, or
Kiernan, Council Chair and A. Whitney Griswold
Professor of History.
COUNCIL ON SOUTHEAST ASIA
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
Campus Address: Luce Hall
34 Hillhouse Avenue, Room 311
Tel: 432-3431; Fax: 432-3432