AONSA Young Research Fellowship

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The Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA) Young Research Fellowship provides financial support for Fellows to visit major neutron facilities in the region for collaborative research using neutrons.

Any young scientist in the Asia-Oceania region within 8 years of the completion of their PhD who wishes to perform neutron research at major neutron facilities in the region (but not in their home country) can apply by following the Rules as described below.

The hosting Neutron Facilities are J-PARC (Japan), OPAL at ANSTO (Australia), and HANARO at KAERI (Korea). A total of three Fellowship positions are available in an application round (one for each hosting Facility) and the possible duration of each Fellowship visit is 3 to 12 months.

Source: Scholarships | ANSTO

Please help take this survey on archaeology education in Southeast Asia

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SEAMEO SPAFA Archaelogy Education Survey

Regular readers of this blog will know that I work full-time in SEAMEO SPAFA, the Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. I am currently conducting a large-scale regional survey to understand archaeology education in Southeast Asia: What is the regional archaeology education and industry landscape like? Where do people study archaeology in Southeast Asia? Where else in the world can you study about the archaeology of Southeast Asia? And what are the emerging training needs for regional archaeologists? To that effect, I hope you can help by taking part in our survey:

SEAMEO SPAFA Archaelogy Education Survey

SEAMEO SPAFA Archaelogy Education Survey

The survey is open to everyone, anywhere in the world but especially since you are reading this blog, I am interested to hear from you. The online survey takes around 10-20 minutes to complete, and you can also choose to take the survey in Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Myanma, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia. The data gathered from the survey will be very useful in informing educators about the current needs in the region and help with medium-to-long term planning.

Your input is important! Please take the survey here: http://www.seameo-spafa.org/archaeology-education-survey/

Opportunity: The MaP Practicum Grants 2018

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via the MaP Fund. Grants available for attending an advanced practicum in Maritime Archaeology. Candidates from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are encouraged to apply.

In order to further the objectives of the MaP Fund we are offering two (2) grants (each of up to AU$1,000) for:

one (1) early career researcher (less then 5 years since award of PhD) or early career practitioner (less than 5 years working) who is working as a maritime archaeologist or in a closely related position for a museum, university or government agency in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand)

AND

one (1) graduate or postgraduate student resident in Asia or the Pacific  region (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand).and who is currently studying either maritime archaeology OR archaeology and who intends to go on to study maritime archaeology.

Applicants living and working in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are particularly encouraged to apply

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[Scholarship] Infants and ill-health in the bioarchaeological record

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PhD scholarship opportunity from the University of Otago. Closing date is 23 September 2018.

There has been a recent surge of interest in modeling the social, economic, and emotional investment in care provision for the physically disabled in the palaeopathological literature. Human infants are born in an extreme state of helplessness and have a lengthy development phase compared with all other primates. Their immature state means that they require significant care for survival, arguably as time intensive and specialised as caring for individuals with severe health-related disabilities. However, there is very little exploration of the implications that infant and childcare has for past society. This thesis will explore stress and disease in infants and children in prehistoric Southeast Asia, and build a new theoretical model that assesses the social implications of care by assessing factors of infant and maternal health, fertility, infant feeding practices, and family and social structure.

Source: Infants and ill-health in the bioarchaeological record: who cares?, Research opportunities, Otago Medical School, University of Otago, New Zealand

Royal Golden Jubilee scholarships for ASEAN students

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The Royal Golden Jubilee PhD programme is funded by the Royal Thai Government through the Thailand Research fund and is open to all ASEAN students for PhD study in Thailand. Closing date is 31 October 2018.

The Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Programme is a prestigious scholarship scheme funded by the Thailand Research Fund under the Royal Thai government. The scheme was initiated in 1996 to increase the number of Ph.D. holders and enhance the quality and quantity of research for the sustainable development of the nation. RGJ provides students with full scholarship to pursue Ph.D. study in Thailand.Starting in 2017, students from ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei) can also apply for a full RGJ scholarship to pursue full-time doctoral studies in Thailand.

Source: SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ASEAN STUDENTS (RGJ –ASEAN) 2019 | RGJPHD

PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Archaeology at The Australian National University

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A PhD Scholarship opportunity in archaeology at the Australian National University, under Prof. Sue O’Connor (disclosure: my former supervisor). Deadline is 1 June 2018.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work on one of the key archaeological sites located within Australia, New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Indonesia as part of a broader goal to investigate the signature of the peopling and subsequent history of Wallacea and Sahul (Australia and New Guinea). Sites in both regions have rich archaeological assemblages beginning as early as 65,000 years ago but few have continuous occupation sequences.

Through CABAH’s Irinjili Research Training Program, the candidate will participate in regular Masterclasses, Short Courses and Thematic Workshops, to improve technical and professional skills. Please contact Professor Sue O’Connor for further information and to discuss specific projects that you may be interested in developing.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least upper second-class honours (first class honours is preferred) or equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree with a significant research thesis component and/or relevant experience.

This scholarship includes paid medical and leave entitlements, travel reimbursement, and thesis reimbursement. A fee waiver may be offered for outstanding international students. The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific provides an additional top-up fund to support fieldwork, travel and conference attendance of $7500 plus $800 for copy editing for the period of the scholarship. Other benefits include funding for fieldwork, specialist analyses, and radiocarbon dates necessary to complete the PhD will be available through CABAH.

Source: PhD Scholarship – Archaeology at The Australian National University

The NSC Field School – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

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Applications for the NSC 2018 Field School are now open. Deadline is April 8, details in the link below.

The Field School will include numerous site visits and lectures in East Java. It will focus on the ancient polity of Majapahit (ca 13th-15th centuries CE). Participants will conduct intensive archaeological and art historical research as well as heritage management at Mount Penanggunan, Trawas, Mojokerto, East Java.

Penanggungan is regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Java, identified with the summit of Mt Mahāmeru during the Hindu-Buddhist period. Well over 100 archaeological sites, comprising terraced sanctuaries, cave hermitages, bathing places and the remnants of religious communities, have been discovered on its slopes. These historical remains represent the ‘classical age’ of East Javanese art, spanning the 10th to 16th century. The majority of these structures were apparently constructed during the Majapahit period (ca. 1360–1511), thereby contributing to a broader understanding of the cultural dynamics of the so-called ‘age of transition’ in Javanese history.

The Field School maintains a unique full-spectrum approach designed to introduce participants to research design, methodology, field skills, excavation, analysis, and presentation.

The 2018 Field School is a collaboration between the Nalanda–Sriwijaya Centre (NSC), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), Singapore; and Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS; National Centre for Archaeological Research), Indonesia. It will be hosted at the Ubaya Penanggungan Center, Trawas East Java.

Hélène Njoto (ISEAS) and Bambang Budi Utomo (ARKENAS) will lead the Field School.

Source: The NSC Field School – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Leeds, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

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The University of Leeds is offering a range of Postgraduate Scholarships for multiple disciplines, including one for Thai studies:

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Leeds is accepting applications for our Doctoral Scholarships. There are a number of fully funded places for 2018 entry, available across all disciplines. You can apply for the scholarship online

Eligibility: To be eligible you must:
• be a UK/EU or International fee paying applicant
• have achieved at least a First Class (1) Honours degree or equivalent* at undergraduate level
• meet the English language requirements of your programme of study if English is not your first language (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at registration; international applicants – by the relevant scholarship deadline)
• not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree
• not already be in receipt of a doctoral scholarship
• have applied for a research degree and be in receipt of a student ID number

Deadline: For Faculty of AHC – 09 March 2018

Award: Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

More information    Apply here

Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships

Two Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships will be available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study for take-up in October 2018.

Eligibility: Applicants MUST have submitted a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number and an offer of PhD study prior to the submission of a Scholarship application. Applicants MUST have submitted an application for a Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships to their Lead School. Applicants MUST have a named Supervisor in both their Lead and Partner Schools. Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree. Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the School’s English Language requirements (prior to or at registration).
Deadline: Friday 09 March 2018
Value of Award: The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18) for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

Download further information       Download application form

Royal Thai Embassy/University of Leeds – Thai Studies Scholarships 2018/19

We are very pleased to advertise a scholarship of £15,000 for postgraduate MA by Research studies commencing October 2018.

The scholarships continue the support for Thai Studies at the University of Leeds given by Royal Thai Embassy in London since the introduction of Thai Studies in 2004. The Embassy will offer a scholarship for home/EU or international postgraduate students to support their postgraduate studies in the field of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and to undertake fieldwork research in Thailand for up to 6 months, as part of an MA by Research degree. The Scholarship will provide fees at the home/EU rate and monthly maintenance to include expenses incurred during the fieldwork period in Thailand. The Scholarship is open to full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months) candidates. Part-time candidates will be paid pro rata. Applicants should first apply for a place to study and then apply for the scholarship. The closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 2018.

For more information, see webpage here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125283/research_degrees/2869/pgr_funding_opportunities

Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

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The focus of Naturalis is biodiversity. Naturalis, situated in Leiden the Netherlands, curates a collection of 42 million specimens; this is one of the world’s largest natural history collections. We present the history of our planet and the diversity of life on Earth with permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and websites. Our research and education are maintained at a high academic level and organized in six research groups with their own expertise and focus.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center has a position for a

Postdoctoral researcher Archaeology of Trinil

The Postdoc position is available within the Vidi project of dr. Josephine Joordens, entitled “Studying Homo erectus Lifestyle and Location (SHeLL): an integrated geo-archaeological research of the hominin site Trinil on Java”. He/she will focus on setting up and conducting archaeological excavations at Trinil (Indonesia) in September 2018 and 2019, in collaboration with Indonesian archaeologists from ARKENAS, Jakarta. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for studying traces of hominin modification on fossil shells and bones from the excavations and from museum collections, and supervising master students involved in the Trinil project.

At Naturalis in Leiden, the Postdoc will work in a dedicated “Trinil Team” with the PI, a PhD student focusing on geology and dating of Trinil and another PhD student focusing on the regional geology of East Java.

General requirements and skills:
The successful candidate should have a PhD in Archaeology with:

experience in designing and managing archaeological excavations
relevant skills, e.g. Total Station, differential GPS, photogrammetry, drones etc
basic laboratory skills
affinity with geology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human evolution
excellent command of the English language, willingness to learn Bahasa Indonesia
excellent scientific writing skills
available to start at the latest on June 1st 2018.

What we offer
A dynamic research environment with involved research staff for supervision, a lively PhD and postdoc community, and a national and international academic network. Naturalis has well-equipped modern laboratories with highly qualified technical staff. The candidate will also be affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University.

The successful candidate will be employed by Naturalis in Leiden with a full time position (36 hours a week) for the duration of one year, to be extended with one year after successful first year evaluation. Salary indication € 40.000,- gross per year, depending on experience. As an employee of Naturalis the Collective Employment Agreement of Dutch Museums will be applicable to you. All our employees are incorporated into a pension fund. Naturalis Biodiversity Center promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Josephine Joordens. Feel free to contact her with questions about this position at josephine.joordens [at] naturalis.nl.

Procedure
Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter, CV (should include: (1) complete publication list number of citations, and your H-Index; (2) grants obtained; (3) teaching experience; (4) invited talks; (5) other relevant information) and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two persons that can be contacted for reference before March 1st 2018 using the ‘Go to application page’ button

Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

Source: Postdoctoral researcher – Archaeology of Trinil Job at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

NTU launches Singapore’s first master’s in museum studies and curatorial practices

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via Straits Times, 17 January 2018: Nanyang Technological University just launched a MA degree programme in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices.

Singapore News -SINGAPORE – Singapore’s first master’s programme in museum studies and curatorial practices was formally launched on Wednesday (Jan 17) to meet the demand for more experts in the growing arts and heritage sectors that have registered record crowd numbers.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Source: NTU launches Singapore’s first master’s in museum studies and curatorial practices, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times