Fancy an LSE PhD Scholarship on Southeast Asia?

♠ Posted by Emmanuel in , at 1/17/2010 09:11:00 PM
Dear readers, I almost forgot to mention this one: If you're at all interested in pursuing a PhD at the LSE, now is your chance to do so provided that your area of interest is Southeast Asia. This region (my region) has always been an important one for security concerns--think of the Vietnam War and the importance of the Malacca Straits to international shipping trade. With the imminent arrival of the ASEAN single market in 2015, though, it's bound to become more important in the economic realm. Although I myself am working on issues of economic integration, there are any number of other topics of interest you may have for your dissertation that can be considered here. Among others that come to mind are the following, though you may have some other ideas as well:
  • Regional integration and its challenges, both in terms of security and economic growth;
  • The growth of participatory democracy in Southeast Asia and its links to transnational cooperation and freedom of information;
  • Diplomacy and international affairs connected to issues of conservation and climate change;
  • Territorial issues and disputes, and their transnational dimensions, including dimensions outside the region itself;
  • Limited sovereignty and norms for international intervention - atrocities, human rights violations and state breakdown;
  • Handling the threat of international terror.
Without further ado, here is the advert:

LSE IDEAS Southeast Asia International Affairs PhD studentships

For 2010 entry, LSE IDEAS is offering two full scholarships for PhD students in the field of politics, security and international affairs in Southeast Asia. The scholarships cover all fees and an annual stipend for two years. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and research potential.

Application process

There is no separate application form for these awards. However, if you wish to be considered for an award, you must hold an offer for a place at LSE by 12 June, 2010.

As we only receive fully completed applications into the departments, you should be thinking of applying in good time for this (to allow for collation of references, etc. which cause delay). Therefore the deadline for these applications is 1 May, 2010

The award will be made solely on outstanding academic merit and research potential with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School. This relates not only to your past academic record, but also to an assessment of your chosen topic and to your likely aptitude to complete a PhD. The recipients will be expected to carry out a small amount of administrative assistance at IDEAS as part of the tenure of the scholarship.

We aim to notify the successful applicants by 30 June 2010.
Enquiries about these awards should be directed to Dr Svetozar Rajak in LSE IDEAS,

Given how expensive London can be--believe me, I am learning about it, having all expenses paid for two years is a really sweet deal. Note that LSE IDEAS won't be paying for the third year, however. Still, an LSE PhD is pretty much as good as it gets as far as UK social science degrees are concerned.

If you're thinking of doing an IR, IPE or history PhD focussed on Southeast Asia, applying to this is a no-brainer, IMHO. Heck, you may even meet up with some weirdo IPE bloggers ;-)