Toward a Musical History of the Indonesian Archipelago

Post-doctoral fellowship in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis, focusing on Indonesian music

Open date: June 1, 2019 

Last review date: September 1, 2019 

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. 

Final date: December 31, 2019 

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 


 The Department of Music at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in ethnomusicology. The appointment will be for one year with a potential start date of 1/1/2020. 

The position is funded through the Henry Luce Foundation. The project, “Toward a music history of the Indonesian archipelago,” has two overall goals: (1) to consolidate and corroborate existing evidence about the musics of the Indonesia archipelago, and (2) to mine a hitherto underutilized resource: documentation, in assorted media, from Christian missions that took root in many parts of the East Indies in the colonial era. 

 The post-doctoral scholar(s) will (1) identify, procure, and examine mission archival data for information about musics in the Indonesian archipelago together with the project’s principal investigators, Anna Maria Busse Berger and Henry Spiller; (2) help organize and participate in one of two international conferences, to be held in Davis (October 2020 and October 2021) that will invite scholars to share research related to Christian missionaries’ musical activities in Indonesia; (3) pursue the post-doctoral scholar’s own research. 

For a complete description of the position and information on application download the official announcement.

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Fellowship Applications

****Deadline is May 31 for the AIFIS CAORC fellowship program***

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are US citizens and wish to pursue their research activities in Indonesia. We are offering a grant of US$6,000 for each scholar to conduct research projects in any field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian Studies, with preference given to applications focusing on science and technology, broadly understood; food security, literature, arts and humanities as well as Islamic Studies and/or Indonesia-United States Relations. These grants can be applied toward travel, accommodation and support of research activities in Indonesia.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2019. 

Final announcement will be made by or on June 28, 2019.

Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).Please read attached for more information on application and eligibility. Applications will be submitted online on the CAORC website. For questions regarding these applications, please contact Rebakah Minarchek at or

Past AIFIS Fellow Tiffanesah Williams conducting her research in Indonesia

Past AIFIS Fellow Tiffanesah Williams conducting her research in Indonesia

Recipients of 2018-2019 AIFIS/CAORC Fellowships

AIFIS is pleased to announce of recent recipients for our CAORC sponsored fellowships:

Russel Barlow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Documentation, Description, and Analysis of the Suwawa Language

Michelle Bonati, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, Amplifying Children’s Voices within Arts-Based-Service-Learning: Emerging Inclusive Education Practices in Indonesia

Aldo Foe, University of Illinois, Chicago, Nagara and the Masjid: Mosque Construction and the Political Economy of Islamization in Early Modern Period Indonesia

Patricia Hardwick, Hofstra University, Indonesian Tales, Transnational Histories: Inscribing Riau Mak Yong Narratives

Michael Miller, Cornell University, Bread, Rice, Sago: Religious Division and Cohesion in Eastern Indonesia, 1880-1941

Emily O’Dell, Yale University, Intersections of Gender and Spirituality in the Shadow Puppet Performances of Pak Prubo

Jessica Peng, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Archipelagic “Potentials:” Infrastructure, Education, and Labor in Indonesia

Ann Marie Thornburg, Notre Dame University, Vectors and Victims: Confronting Vulnerability and Valuing Life in Bali’s Human-Dog Communities

Political Discussions in Yogyakarta

AIFIS recently sponsored two events featuring eight different visiting political scholars from the United States. Meeting with students and faculty at both Gadjah Mada University and Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir, the visitors facilitated discussions on democracy, Islam and gender identity in contemporary Indonesia.

The visiting scholars at Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir in Yogyakarta. The visitors helped lead discussions on Moderate Islam, Islam in Politics, and Islam & Gender.

The visiting scholars at Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir in Yogyakarta. The visitors helped lead discussions on Moderate Islam, Islam in Politics, and Islam & Gender.

A roundtable discussion at Gadjah Mada University focusing on the state of Democracy in Indonesia today.

A roundtable discussion at Gadjah Mada University focusing on the state of Democracy in Indonesia today.

Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories

The Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre at Monash University is hosting a conference October 1-3, 2019, Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories. The conference will include keynote speakers Dr. Karen Strassler, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, and Dr. Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia. The conference is open to individual and group proposals until May 15. For more information click here.


Short Course: Indonesian Islam and Religious Pluralism

The ICRS (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies) is offering a short course on Indonesian Islam and Religious Pluralism. With visits in Bali, Yogyakarta, and Manado, the course will include visits to religious sites in all destinations, and is lead by an internationally recognized faculty. ICRS is providing different packages for different budgets and interests. Course fees are all inclusive, and include airfare, transportation, study materials, and lodging. Contact ICRS directly if interested:

Program Assistant: Ida Fitri +62-857-4322-8661, or

Program Coordinator: Dicky Sofjan +62-812-1095-55, or


Recipients of the 2018-2019 AIFIS/Luce Foundation Fellowships

AIFIS is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2018-2019 Henry Luce Foundation Fellows:

U.S. Fellows:

Darin Self, Cornell University, Government/Competing for Power: Identifying Institutional Influence in Authoritarian Regime

Andrew Weintraub, University of Pittsburgh, Music/Critical dimensions of music to collective memory of 1965-66 

Francesca Pase, University of Georgia, Education/Navigating the Emotional Landscape of the Indonesian Early Childhood Classroom 

Galen Stolee, Harvard University, Anthropology/The Mediators: Truth and Regulation in the Indonesian News Industry 

Maho Ishiguro, Wesleyan University, Music/Srimpi Moncar: Analysis of the Chinese-ness through the lens of Javanese Aesthetics 

Wendy Erb, Columbia University, Calls for Conservation: Bioacoustic Monitoring of Endangered Apes to Support Protection of a Threatened Bornean Landscape 

Brent Luvaas, Drexel University, Project: Insta-nesia: Street Photography, Social Media, and the Indonesian Urban Imagination 

Indonesian Fellows:

Ika Nurhayani, Brawijaya University, Dayak Desa: A Dialect of Sanggau or a Separate Language?

 Desi Adhariani, University of Indonesia, Eco Innovation of Indonesian Palm Oil Companies: Cost and Benefit Analysis

Silvester Pramadi Tjiptopradonggo, Indonesian Art Institute of Surakarta, The Dynamics of Surakarta Style Javanese Dance Outside the Keraton during the Decades from the 1940s to 2000s 

Theresia Indira Shanti, Atma Jaya University, The Implementation of Mental Health Service among University and College Campuses 

Benny Baskara, Halu Oleo University in Sulawesi, Religious Ecological View of the Bajo people in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

 George Tawakkal, Brawijaya University, Malang, Meaning of Democracy and Vote Buying

 Achmad Munjid, Gadjah Mada University, Interfaith Relations among Indonesian Diaspora in the U.S.

 Desiree Simandjuntak, Small-scale tuna fishery governance and market access in Toli-Toli, Sulawesi

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University of Delaware

AIFIS is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Peter Cole and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Delaware. The collaboration enlists students and universities from both the United States and Indonesia. Below are a few abstracts from their proposal, and the complete document can be downloaded here.

One of the major problems facing Indonesia, and much of the developing world, is the rapid loss of cultural and linguistic diversity.  The problem is especially acute in East Indonesia, a region known for its diversity of languages, both Austronesian and Papuan, where the inroads of contemporary Indonesia on local cultures are well known.

The program involves training in language documentation in Kupang (one week), three weeks gathering stories, personal narratives, conversations, songs and other examples of the language spoken in a village in East Indonesia, and an additional week in Kupang preparing the data for archiving.  The first year of the program is now complete, and the data from the first year have been submitted for archiving to Paradisec (, an archive located in Australia that specializes in the languages and cultures of the Pacific.  The American/Indonesian teams are now reviewing the results of the first year of the program and are preparing to recruit participants for the second year.

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Call for Papers: Education, Conflict Histories, and Social Cohesion Building in Indonesia

As part of a joint project titled "Education, Conflict Histories, and Social Cohension-Builing in Indonesia," the Centre for Research on Pace and Development (CRPD) at KU Leuven (Prof. Arnim Langer), the Institute of Political Studies at Heidelberg (Prof. Aurel Croissant), and the Department of Politics and Government at Gadjah Mada University (Dr. Mada Sukmajati), welcome abstracts from junior and senior Indonesian researchers concerning the way in which Indonesia has been dealing with the legacies and histories of conflict, and how a more peaceful and socially cohesive future can be achieved.  The current call aims to particularly bring together scholarship on the role of formal and informal education in fostering conflict and division as well as reconciliation, ethnic and religious tolerance and inter-group understanding in Indonesia.

For the complete abstract and contact information, click here.


Call for Papers: Indonesian Constitutional Court International Symposium

On 1-3 October 2018, the Indonesian Constitutional Court will hold its 2nd International Symposium. Reflecting on its first successful event in Surakarta on 2017, the Court aims to provide an annual academic forum to discuss various constitutional issues. Selected articles from the Symposium (based on peer review decision) will be on the special issue of the Court's academic publication, Constitutional Review (CONSREV) Journal, published by the Center for Research and Case Analysis, the Indonesian Constitutional Court.

For more information, click here.


Job Opportunity: Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID)

Position announced at Mae Fah Luang University in the Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID), School of Social Innovation.

Academic Qualification: A Master’s degree or higher in social sciences 

Job Description: The candidate will on work on the relations between Southeast Asia and China. He/she must be good in English and speak one of the Southeast Asian languages. Preference will be given to a candidate who has some experiences working on the Mekong region and/ or China 

Interested candidates should send the following: 

  • His/her CV (In English),
  • Two to three letters of recommendation,
  • A short statement (2-3 pages) about his/her research background and interests and samples of English publication, if any, 

To ARCID by post (School of Social Innovation ,Mae Fah Luang University, 4th floor, Building E1, Thasud, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand) or by email ( or The candidate will be offered a competitive salary package. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  For more information please visit our Facebook page: 

For more information, click here.

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FY 2018 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

Deadline, July 5, 2018

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the fiscal year 2018 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program.


The GPA Program provides grants to institutions and private, nonprofit educational entities that organize programs for K–12 teachers, college students, and faculty to engage in short-term or long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. GPA short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. GPA long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.

IFLE expects to make 25 new awards totaling $2.7 million under the FY 2018 GPA competition. The application is now available at The deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2018.


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Competition now open! Deadline to apply: July 2, 2018

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

 Program Features:  

The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education. A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from their IHE if he or she:

  • is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  • is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE;
  • is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins;
  • is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program; or
  • possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project.

Click here for application information.

Click here to view webinar.


Department of Education Grants

FY 2018 LRC Program Competition

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program.

The LRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or consortia of IHEs for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages. Funded centers provide teacher training and conduct research, materials development, assessment, and dissemination projects.

Application Available: May 24

The FY 2018 LRC application package is now available at The deadline for submitting applications is June 25, 2018. 

IFLE expects to make 16 new awards totaling $2,746,768 under the FY 2018 LRC competition.

For more information, click here.

Application Technical Assistance Webinar

A pre-application virtual technical assistance webinar was held on Sept. 19, 2017. The webinar covered a variety of topics, including LRC program requirements, selection criteria, and performance measures, followed by technical assistance questions and answers. A recording of the webinar is available to stream on YouTube at the link below.

The webinar is now on YouTube!

General Information: LRC Program

The LRC program provides funding to institutions of higher education in the United States for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages. LRC activities include effective dissemination efforts, whenever appropriate, and may include

  • research and dissemination of new and improved teaching methods, including educational technology;
  • development and dissemination of new teaching materials;
  • development, application, and dissemination of performance testing;
  • training of teachers in the administration and interpretation of performance tests, the use of effective teaching strategies, and the use of new technologies;
  • significant focus on the needs of those who are teaching and learning the less commonly taught languages;
  • development and dissemination of materials designed to serve as a resource for foreign language teachers at the elementary school and secondary school levels; and
  • operation of intensive summer language institutes.

Questions about the LRC Program? Contact Carolyn Collins at

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CSEAS Kyoto Fellowship

Kyoto University

Since 1975, CSEAS has had an established and highly appraised visiting scholarship program to promote research activities in and on the region by distinguished scholars. To date, over 350 – many of them leading researchers in their respective fields- have availed themselves of the Center’s considerable scholarly resources to engage in path breaking, multidisciplinary research and develop comparative, historical, and global perspectives on Southeast Asia.  CSEAS hosts scholars and researchers who work on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study. With considerable scholarly resources, CSEAS also offers the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country’s cultural treasures, to enable researchers to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies. The Center’s multi-disciplinary character and the diverse research interests of our faculty offer visiting research scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas, collaboration, and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.  Fourteen fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Fellowships are normally between a period of three to six-months, although in exceptional cases they can be extended for an additional six months. Applicants are not limited to scholars: CSEAS has hosted government officials, journalists, public intellectuals, librarians, NGO workers, IT specialists, writers, artists, and other professionals on short-term visits.

For more information and application procedures, click here.