American Institute for Indonesian Studies

Fellowship Details in Applying for AIFIS Awards 2016-2017

Deadline for application submission is Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (will be extend up to end of March 2017)

A complete application consists of:

  • Application Form – submitted online:

Post Doctoral Scholar Application or Doctoral Candidate Application and including:

  • Project Description:

On a separate sheet of paper, in 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in Indonesia (e.g., libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. Indicate an Indonesian institution that will sponsor your research. Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources

  • Project Bibliography/Literature Review:

1 page maximum, additional pages will not be submitted to the readers for review.

  • Curriculum Vitae:

3 pages maximum, additional pages will not be submitted to the readers for review.

  • Two (2) separate letters of recommendationPh.D. candidates must have one letter from academic advisor.
  •   Graduate Transcripts Ph.D. candidates only

Eligibility Guidelines
Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or disability.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
  • Must have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation.

Application Deadline
The deadline for application submission is Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST(will be extend up to end of March 2017)

Fellowships Terms and Conditions

  1. Fellowships may be awarded to doctoral candidates who have completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation and scholars who have already received a Ph.D.
  2. Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. citizens only. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
  3. Applicants must propose and conduct field research in Indonesia.
  4. Fellowship tenure must be of at least 30 days duration. The fellowship tenure need not be continuous.
  5. Fellows must complete their fellowships (including submitting a final report) by October 30, 2018. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to AIFIS by this date.
  6. Fellowship awards will not exceed $5,750. No dependent allowance is available.
  7. Air travel procured in part or in full with funds from this grant must adhere to the “Fly America” policy.
  8. AIFIS is unable to provide health or other insurance to its fellows. Fellows are required to supply AIFIS with proof of health insurance as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance before leaving the United States.
  9. Fellowships are authorized only when AIFIS has given approval and a security clearance has been granted.
  10. AIFIS does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.

Tips for Letters of Recommendations

  1. Ask for letters as early as possible. The applicant is responsible for notifying referees of their request for letters and for ensuring those letters are submitted to AIFIS by the deadline.
  2. All references must be in English.
  3. Ph.D. candidates must submit one letter from their academic advisor with the Academic Advisor Form.
  4. Do not submit more references than the 2 required.
  5. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your referee to www.orcfellowships.fluidreview

Important Notes Regarding Applications

  1. Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States.
  2. AIFIS’s method of submission is only through www.orcfellowships.fluidreview. Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited.
  3. Ph.D. candidates who will obtain their doctoral degree by May 2017 and plan to use the fellowship for post-doctoral research should apply as a post-doctoral scholar.
  4. If you are a U.S. citizen Ph.D. candidate studying abroad please send MA transcripts and a letter from the registrar stating that you are registered in the Ph.D. program.
  5. Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by April 10, 2017. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly. Air travel must meet Fly American policy guidelines.

Application Submission
Method of Submittal: www.orcfellowships.fluidreview.
Your project description, project bibliography/literature review, and curriculum vitae can be uploaded as part of your on-line application. Documents in PDF format are preferred. Applicants should request that letters of recommendations be submitted directly by referee to www.orcfellowships.fluidreview.

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AIFIS Fellowship Program

AIFIS 2016 fellows:


Mr. Zachary R. Anderson (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Department of Geography and Planning)
“Pragmatism and Politics: Translating the Green Economy in an Indonesian Frontier.”

Ms. Katherine L. Bruhn (PhD Student, University of California – Berkeley, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies)
“From Sanggar to Ekomoni Kreatif:  West Sumatra in Indonesia’s Art World”

Mr. Walker H. DePuy (PhD student, University of Georgia, Department of Anthropology)
“Towards a Political Ecology of Social Safeguards: Translating “Rights” Across an Indonesian REDD+ Project”

Ms. Florence W. Durney (PhD Candidate, University of Arizona, School of Anthropology)
“Co-management and Fishing Communities: A Study of Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia”

Mr. Micah R. Fishern (PhD Candidate, University of Hawaii – Manoa, Department of Geography)
“Re-Mapping Indigeneity into the Plan: Landscapes and Livelihoods Along Indonesia’s Frontier”

Mr. Jonathan D. McLeod (PhD Candidate, University of Arizona, School of Anthropology)
“Conservation, Climate Change and Coming of Age in West Papua, Indonesia”

Ms. Rachel C. Thompson  (Phd Student, Harvard University, Department of Anthropology)
“Jakarta, Sinking City: The Socio-Ecology of a Flood-Prone Metropolis”

Ms. Emily Wright (Master’s Student, University of Hawaii – Manoa, Department of Geography)
“Opening Doors, Markets, and Waters: Seaweed Production Systems in Transition”


AIFIS Luce Indonesian Fellows 

Huda Shalahudin Darusman (Bogor Agricultural University)
Implementation of behavioral guidelines to assess the quality of life of the senile non-human primate.”

Anita Lie (Widya Mandala Catholic University)
Linguistic and Cultural Identity of Indonesian American Youths of Chinese Descent in the United States.”

Uus Saepuloh (Bogor Agricultural University)
Characterization of Genomes Sequences of New SRV Isolated from Indonesian Wild Macaca fascicularis and Macaca nemetrina.”

Turita Indah Setyani (University of Indonesia)
Old Myth Transformation in Indonesian’s Present Era: Nature Relations and Nusantara (Indonesia) Philosophy.”

AIFIS 2015 fellows:


Kian Goh (Urban Design & Climate Change Adaptation, MIT)
“A Political Ecology of Design: Contested Visions of Urban Climate Change.”

Ronald Lukens-Bull (Anthropology & Religious Studies, U. of No Florida):
“When Pluralism Became a Value for a Muslim Militia: Exploring the History of GP Ansor.”

Adam Miller (Conservation & Community Development, Planet Indonesia International)
“The Impacts of Wildlife Trapping and Trade on Bird Communities in Gunung Palung National Park.”

Deanna Ramsay (Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Chicago)
“Eating, Drinking, and Writing: Finding Food in Indonesia’s Past and Present.”

Thomas Seitz (Political Science, University of Wyoming)
“Valuing Votes: Grassroots Development, Political Culture and Democratization in Indonesia.”

Kelli Swazey (Cross Cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University)
“Symbolic Visitors: Resistance to Touristic-centered Development and Religious relations on Banda Neira.”

Sarah Tucker (Fisheries and Conservation, Smith College/Udayana University)
“Improving traceability and identification in eastern Indonesian grouper fisheries.”

AIFIS Luce – US Fellows 

Andy Chang (Sociology, UC Berkeley):
“Heroes of Globalization: Migration, Social Mobility, and Cultural Change in Taiwan and Indonesia.”

Colin Cahill (Cultural Anthropology, UC Irvine):
“Purity and Cleanliness on Indonesia’s Civet Farms.”

David Gilbert (Anthropology, Stanford Univ.):
“Identity, place and plants: Sumatra’s forest-farmers.”

Lisa Kelley (Geography, UC Berkeley):
“Patterns of Cacao Expansion in Southeast Sulawesi.”

Jenny Zhang (Education, UC Berkeley):
“The Logics of Reform: Education, Literacy and Development Practices in Indonesia and the United States.”

AIFIS Luce – Indonesian Fellows 

Elisabeth Rukmini Goei (Chemistry Education, Atma Jaya Univ.).
“Peer-tutor: the recruitment, the development of leadership skills, and the targeted future faculty member.”

Ratno Lukito (Comparative Law, Universitas Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta)
“In Between the Two: The Trajectory of State and Religion Continuum in Indonesia and America.”

Azalia Muchransyah (Film, Bina Nusantara University International)
“Using Film as a Social Marketing Strategy to Improve Acceptance of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Among HIVInfected Prisoners in Indonesia.”

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