USINDO Accepting Applications for 2009 Sumitro Fellows

USINDO Accepting Applications for 2009 Sumitro Fellows

June 18, 2008
Deadline October 31, 2008

The United States Indonesia Society (USINDO) invites applications for its two
2009 travel/study grants for post-doctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, senior
academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field
research in Indonesia on an economic or political-economic topic.

One grant is available to United States citizens and permanent residents in the United States
with a specific project relating to the political economy of Indonesia .

TheIndonesian Sumitro Fellowship is open to an Indonesian citizen with a project
related to the Indonesia-United States bilateral relationship. Previous travel
to, and experience in, Indonesia or the United States (for Indonesian Sumitro
applicants) is desirable but not necessarily a requirement. The deadline for
the 2009 Sumitro Fellows Applications is Friday, October 31, 2008.

The Sumitro Fellows program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia ’s
senior economist and advisor to USINDO, who passed away in 2001. An architect
of Indonesia ’s modern economy, Professor Sumitro headed the faculty of
economics at the University of Indonesia , and was later a minister of trade and
minister of state for research. Professor Sumitro was also the driving force
behind a 1950’s program of the Ford Foundation which sent Indonesian economists
to U.S. academic institutions for advanced degrees. Many attended the
University of California at Berkeley and the group came to be known as the
“Berkeley Mafia” when its members assumed many key cabinet posts in subsequent

The Sumitro Fellows grants for the 2009 application cycle are $10,000 each.

Sumitro Fellows Application Guidelines for 2009

Eligibility: Applicants for the US Sumitro Fellowship must be United States
citizens or permanent residents in the United States with a specific project on
Indonesia 's political economy. Applications outside the scope of economics or
political economy will not be considered. Applicants for the Indonesian Sumitro
Fellowship must be Indonesian citizens with a specific project on any aspect of
the Indonesian-US bilateral relationship. Applications related strictly to
American topics or on non-US or non-Asian themes will not be considered.
Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age
and/or physical impairment.

Language Proficiency: Please note that though not compulsory, prior study of
Bahasa Indonesia is helpful in conducting field research. Applicant should
indicate on the application form if and at what level the language has been
studied, both formally and informally. Indonesian applicants must be capable of
advanced study in English. Evidence of English fluency may be demonstrated by
TOEFL scores.

Notification: USINDO will announce the winner in December 2008.

Application Materials:
Application Form: Please submit a completed and signed application form
(available at
Field Research Abstract: Please provide a one to five page single-spaced
abstract of your intended research.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please submit a resume or curriculum vitae (not to
exceed ten pages) providing full citations of all publications, with most
recently published items listed first.
References: Please submit two letters of support. One letter must be from a
dissertation advisor, senior faculty member or other comparable advisor.
Waiver of Responsibility: Please submit a signed waiver of responsibility
(available at
Supplemental Information: In addition to the above information, the review
committee will consider supplemental information such as writing samples, course
syllabi, etc. Materials will only be returned if a self-addressed return
envelope with proper postage is included. Faculty members and lecturers are
asked to submit course syllabi that do not exceed five pages.

Mailing Instructions: Please mail all application materials by October 31, 2008

Tom Spooner
Education Officer
The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO)
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 550
Washington D.C. 20036

For a complete application visit our website at:


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