Center for Khmer Studies Junior Fellowship Program in Cambodia (2021 summer JRF program is postponed to summer 2022 due to the pandemic)

Supports two months of study in Cambodia.

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) and Henry Luce Foundation seek to introduce undergraduate students to Cambodia and Khmer civilization. Five junior fellows will be selected to study in the town of Siem Reap, near the historic temple complex of Angkor.

Junior Fellowships include round trip airfare from the United States, tuition, room, board, local transportation, field trip expenses and books. In addition, Junior Fellows have access to the CKS library and facilities as well as free access to the Angkor temple complex.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021


The two-month fellowship includes six hours of Khmer language instruction per week plus a weekly seminar on Khmer history and civilization, field trips, and a study trip to Phnom Penh. Fellows are expected to interact with French and Cambodian Fellows and to write a report on a research topic of choice. Volunteer opportunities can be arranged to help foster connections to the local community.

Eligibility Requirements

First-, second-, third-year students who are U.S. citizens studying in the United States are eligible to apply. Some knowledge of Cambodia and/or Southeast Asia is desirable, but is not required.

Application Process

The application form for the program can be downloaded here.

A completed application has the following materials:

  • Application form
  • A two page statement outlining why the applicant wants to join the program
  • Scanned university transcript(s) with cumulative GPA
  • Two recommendations from professors (submitted electronically directly from professor)
  • CV