The InterAsia Program Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship (formerly known as the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research) is aimed at supporting transregional research under the rubric InterAsian Contexts and Connections. Its purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships help junior scholars (one to five years out of the PhD) complete first books or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the fellowships create networks and shared resources that will support fellows well beyond the award period. The Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship thus provides promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers.
The intellectual thrust of the project is the reconceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals supported by the fellowship examine processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and translocal contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The fellowship is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
To date, thirty-eight fellowships have been awarded in two pilot phases: 2012–2013and 2013–2014. Following on these successful pilot grants, the SSRC is pleased to extend the fellowship project and will fund three successive fellowship competitions in 2015, 2016, and 2017, awarding approximately twenty fellowships per competition.
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