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Kodikara Fellowship Programme

Kodikara Fellowship Programme

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Kodikara Fellowships (2019)
RCSS invites research grant applications for its annual Kodikara Fellowship Program. The grants are offered to young South Asians, aged between 25-35 years, to conduct policy relevant research on strategic and international issues of contemporary South Asian interest. An award of USD 3000 will be made available for each Research Fellow to conduct research. The fellowship is tenable for six months, commencing in 2019.
Candidates should ideally have a MA/ PhD in International Relations, Strategic Studies, Political Science, Economics, International Law or any other related subject. S/he can apply for a fellowship on the following thematic areas: Strategies for Addressing Inequality in South Asia, Civic Engagement and Governance in South Asia, Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice in South Asia, Natural Resources and Climate Change in South Asia. Young professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications should be sent to RCSS containing: 
Professional Curriculum Vitae 
Copies of two recently published research work;
Evidence of a track record of research related experience, and interest in the theme selected for research pertaining to the South Asia region;
A research proposal that should not exceed 1500 words. It should include:
Project Title
Objective and Significance of the study
Description of research methodology
Research work plan
Candidates must submit two confidential letters of academic reference to be sent directly to RCSS by the referees. 
The closing date for applications for the fellowship is 15.03.2019.
Executive Director, 
Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 
20/73, Fairfield Gardens, 
Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.  
Tel: (94-11)2690913/4
Fax: 2690769

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.