Fieldwork Scholarships

Each year, Irasec awards two fellowships to support field research. These scholarships are intended for doctoral students from France or abroad (registered in a French university) pursuing research on contemporary Southeast Asia. They are intended to conduct field studies on the theme of the doctorate, to deepen research already undertaken in thesis or to start a new post-doctoral field.

The issues must provide an original and innovative perspective on South-East Asia, in the following disciplinary fields: political science, economics, social sciences (anthropology, sociology, geography, law, contemporary history).

Each scholarship includes a lump-sum allowance of 3,000 euros payable in 1 instalment upon signature of the contract. The grantee undertakes to return two months after the completion of the course a text of 1500 to 2000 words entitled "return from the course", with photos, a title and a chapô. This text will be accessible on the Irasec website under the heading Scholarships.

Recipients of scholarships become de facto doctoral students/post-doctoral fellows associated with Irasec for two years. They can, if they wish, be hosted at the Irasec premises in Bangkok and participate in the activities of the laboratory, including the research seminar.

Deadline for submission of applications:

The schedule is as follows:
From January to the end of March: receipt of applications (see details below).
April: files are filed by the Irasec laboratory council and results announced at the end of April.
May/June: signature of the agreement, start of the scholarship and transfer of 3,000 euros.

This scholarship is open to doctoral and post-doctoral students enrolled in a French university in one of the following disciplines: political science, law, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, contemporary history.
The research project proposed by the doctoral student should preferably be part of one of Irasec's 5 priority research axes:

  • Political transitions: political cultures, civil societies, ethnic and religious nationalisms
  • Territorial issues (maritime and terrestrial areas, natural resources, sustainable cities, land policies)
  • Social dynamics in South-East Asia: law, education, health, place and status of women, migration
  • ASEAN: economic prospects and regional integration
  • Societies and Environments, Climate Change

Applications will be evaluated and selected by the Irasec Laboratory Council during the month of April each year and will be answered in early May.


How to apply ?

The application package will include
1) a detailed curriculum vitae
2) a description of the individual research project (5 pages - max. 2500-3000 words): state of the art, research programme and short bibliography.
3) a letter of recommendation (doctor of thesis and possibly from another scientific personality).
(4) where appropriate, a copy of the latest publications.
5) Certificate of deposit thesis.

The complete file will be sent by e-mail to the Director (claire.tran@irasec.com) and the Director of Publications (christine.cabasset@irasec.com)
Application deadline: 1 January to 31 March of each year.


Since its inception in 2009, the fieldwork scholarship has been granted to 18 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers:

  1. Audrey BARON-GUTTY(IRASEC scholarship awardee until October 2009) for a project entitled “The Impact of Globalization on Education Policies in Thailand” («  L’impact de la mondialisation sur les politiques éducatives en Thaïlande »).
  2. Alban SCIASCIA (IRASEC scholarship awardee until February 2011) for a project entitled “Port Security in Southeast Asia: Case Studies of Belawan and Port Kiang” (« La sécurisation portuaire en Asie du Sud-Est: les exemples de Belawan et Port Klang »).
  3. Christophe VIGNE(IRASEC scholarship awardee until February 2011) for a project entitled “The Republic of Vietnam and its Exiles: The Outcome of a Policy of Transnational Nationalism” (« La République du Viêt Nam et les exilés vietnamiens; l’aboutissement d’une politique de nationalisme transnational »).
  4. Delphine ALLÈS (IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2012) for a project entitled “Reformulating International Policies Impacted by Religion (Indonesia and Malaysia)” (« La recomposition des politiques internationales sous l'effet du facteur religieux (cas indonésien et malaisien) »).
  5. Gabriel FACAL (IRASEC scholarship awardee until June 2011) for a project entitled “Paramilitary Organizations Linked to Islamic Groups in Banten Province (Indonesia)” (« Les organisations de type paramilitaire dans la province de Banten (Indonésie) liées aux groupes islamiques »).
  6. Danielle TAN(IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2013) for a project entitled “Waking the Dragon and the Nagas: New Geopolitical and Socio-economic Challenges of Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia” (« Le réveil du dragon et des Nâgas. Les nouveaux enjeux géopolitiques et socio-économiques de l’expansion chinoise en Asie du Sud-Est »).
  7. Clément MUSIL (IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2013) for a project entitled “Cooperation in Vietnam: A Game of Accommodation and Prescription” (« La scène de la coopération urbaine au Viêt Nam. Le jeu de l’accommodation et de la prescription »).
  8. Hui-yeon KIM (IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2013) for a project entitled “Korean Pentecost in the Face of Transnationalization: a Case Study of the Cho Yonggi Evangelical Megachurch in Southeast Asia” (« Le pentecôtisme coréen à l’épreuve de la transnationalisation : le cas de l’Église du Plein Évangile de Cho Yonggi en Asie du Sud-Est »).
  9. Baptiste BAUGIN (IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2014) for a project entitled “The Return of Timorese Exiles: the Making of a National Elite” (« Les exilés timorais et leur retour : formation d’une élite nationale »).
  10. Nicolas LAINEZ (IRASEC scholarship awardee until January 2014) for a project entitled “Informal Credit and Social Logic in the Mekong Delta” (« Crédit informel et logiques sociales dans le delta du Mékong »).
  11. Marie Lan NGUYEN-LEROY, currently provided with research support for the project entitled “Property Reform: Security Challenges — Comparative Approaches in Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia” (« La réforme foncière : un enjeu sécuritaire. Approches comparatives du Laos, du Viêt Nam et du Cambodge »).
  12. Souvanxay PHETCHANPHENG: “Socio-professional Training and Integration of Novices and Young Buddhists in Transnational Networks (Thailand, Lao PDR and southern China)” (« Formation et insertion socioprofessionnelles des novices et des jeunes bouddhistes dans les réseaux transnationaux (Thaïlande, Laos et Chine du Sud) »).
  13. Amel FARHAT: “Transnational Transportation Systems between Johor and Singapore” (« Les systèmes de transports transnationaux entre Johor et Singapour »).
  14. Julia TICHIT: “Borders and Movements with the Agricultural Communities of Metro Manila (Philippines)” (« Frontières et trajectoires au sein des communautés agricoles de Metro Manilla (Les Philippines) »).
  15. Adeline MARTINEZ: “Risk and Development: Resettlement post-natural disaster in the region of Merapi volcano (center Java, Indonesia)” (« Risque et développement : Réinstallation post-catastrophe naturelle dans la région du volcan Merapi (Java centre, Indonésie) »).
  16. Bethsabée SOURIS :“Theorising the support of transnational ethnic communities on civil conflict : the case of the karen rebellion in Myanmar (« L’influence des groupes ethniques transnationaux sur les conflits ethniques : Le cas de l’Union Nationale Karen en Birmanie.
  17. Gwenn PULLIAT (Docteur en géographie humaine, sociale et économique à l’université Paris Ouest Nanterre - ATER à Aix Marseille Université) : "Diffusion de la ville et sécurité alimentaire : l'agriculture périurbaine à Hanoi"
  18. Isabelle WILHELM (Doctorante en anthropologie à l' université de Strasbourg) : "Les migrants lao de France : enjeux et impacts de leurs actions de développement en milieu rural laotien".
  19. Nicolas LAINÉRapport  à  la  nature  et  rapport  à  autrui  chez  les  Tai-Lue  au  Laos:  le  cas  du  buffle  et  de  l’éléphant (2018)
  20. Louise PERRODINDe l’ancrage dans l’informalité des Rohingyas en Malaisie (2018)
  21. Gloria Truly ESTRELITA, Doctorante en histoire, EHESS - Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE/UMR 8170): The Cardinal's Social Program: The Indonesian Catholic Church, Islam and the Anti-communist Movement (1969 - 1981) - (2019)
  22. Clara GILBERT, Doctorante en anthropologie, EHESS – CASE: Pluralisme religieux et arts de la performance : étude des pratiques syncrétiques de l’islam javanais au sein du théâtre masqué wayang topèng à Java Centre - (2019)
  23. Clara JULLIEN, Doctorante en aménagement (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Géographie-Cités UMR 8504) : Le refuge urbain : l’insertion urbaine des déplacés environnementaux au Vietnam - (2020, Bourse « Environnement et développement durable »)
  24. Adélaïde MARTIN, Doctorante en Science politique (Université Paris Nanterre (UPN)) : Sociologie des élites politico-administratives cambodgiennes internationalisées (1970-2021) - (2020)
  25. Juliette SENDRA, Doctorante en Anthropologie sociale et culturelle (École Doctorale 355 « Espaces, Cultures et Sociétés »,  Université d'Aix- Marseille) : Politiques de développement contre soutenabilité sociale, éducative et environnementale. Approche comparée d’un village touristique et d’un village agricole voisins à Java (Gunung Kidul, Indonésie) - (2020)