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Deadline march 10, 2015

Grants & Awards, Student, Travel: Call for Applications: Yokohama National University Japan Short Visit Fellowship

The Global Studies Program for Multicultural Societies at Yokohama National University

Since 2008, Yokohama National University (YNU)’s Global Studies Program for Multicultural Societies has offered opportunities for international students to exchange ideas and discuss critical issues shared across various regions. YNU, located in the city of Yokohama within the greater Tokyo area and the historical center of Japan’s international relations, is proud to be a hub for this platform of international exchange.

In the 2015-16 academic year, YNU invites two U of T graduate students in humanities or social sciences to stay in Japan for three months and will provide them with an opportunity to conduct their own research as well as to exchange ideas with YNU students. Priority will be given to students whose research project corresponds with the Global Studies Program’s theme of critical inquiry of social dynamics from inter-regional or inter-cultural perspectives and who have not received this fellowship before.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Successful applicants will need to enroll in a U of T research course (such as Independent Research, Dissertation Writing, Masters Thesis Writing) and their research at YNU will serve to partially fulfill the credit requirement for the U of T research course.
  • Japanese nationals are not eligible. Students who are nationals of any country with diplomatic relations with Japan are eligible
Value and Requirements:
  • Monthly stipend: 80,000 yen per month.
  • Access to the YNU library and internet system will be provided.
  • Other costs and expenses, such as airfare, transportation and health insurance are not covered by this fellowship. Students are responsible for securing these funds on their own.
  • Length of Stay: 3 months in the period from April to August in 2015.
  • Students should present their research plans at the beginning of their stays, and

submit their research reports at the end of their stays at YNU. Students are also encouraged to join some of the YNU graduate seminars.

YNU Information:

While YNU has several dormitories, the availability is very limited. For short-term residents, monthly lodging near campus is suggested.


Please submit the following items in hard copy.

  1. Application Summary Form, including the signature of the student research supervisor which indicates that the student is in good standing (the supervisor should be a University of Toronto faculty member). The supervisor may be contacted later.
  2. One-page statement outlining the student’s program of study and/or research interests.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Detailed breakdown of estimated costs.
Submit applications to:

c/o Gianna Leggio, Program Administrator and Communications Officer, Asian Institute
1 Devonshire Place, Room 228N

There will be an information session on March 4, 2015. All interested students are welcome to attend.


Deadline: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. – Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by email no later than Friday, March 20, 2015.


Deadline: march 10, 2015

Deadline February 20, 2015

External, Student, Travel: Call for Applicants: 2015 Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship Program

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto (TECO) is delighted to announce that the “2015 Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship Program” is open for applications until  February 20, 2015, for Canadians aged from 20 to 35 from Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This year’s program is scheduled from 14th of June to the 4th of July. All the expenses including the round trip air ticket and local accommodation and transportation in Taiwan will be borne by the sponsoring authority.

MOSAIC Taiwan is a fellowship exchange program for emerging Canadian leaders to explore Taiwan and gain better understanding of Taiwan’s culture and society through extensive exchanges with local leaders from various fields. Young professional, graduate-school students or students with cuniversity degrees from universities in the above mentioned provinces in Canada are eligible to apply from this office.

MOSAIC Taiwan 2015 Fellows will take part in team-building and leadership-development exercises as well as workshops and lectures on topics involving Taiwan. There will also be visits to businesses and museums in various cities, as well as indigenous reserves and sites of outstanding natural beauty around the island. Participants will meet with government officials and young leaders in Taiwan to discuss issues of common concern, with a focus on fostering cross-cultural connections and friendships. Round-trip tickets, food, and lodging are all covered by sponsors.

Applicants are request to Contact Director Victor Liu 416-369-9030 ext. 139 or for filling the 2015 application form and any further queries.

To learn more, please check the MOSAIC Taiwan website:


Deadline: February 20, 2015

Deadline Open/ Rollling

Academic, Student: Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World Call for Submissions

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Based out of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World is a new peer-reviewed, student-run journal and academic forum that seeks to foster dialogue among student researchers working across disciplines, institutions, and regions in Asia and the Pacific. Our aim is to advance and empower student voices while providing novel insights that serve to broaden contemporary viewpoints on the Asia-Pacific.

On a rolling basis throughout the year, the Re:locations academic forum invites quality submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students from any institution who feel that they have meaningful pieces to contribute to this exchange. We encourage both prospectively long-term and temporary contributors to submit any number of their works.

Contributions Considered:

  • Field Notes related to Asia and the Pacific that detail the experiences of students living and working abroad.
  • Analysis & Commentary that are insightful, critical reflections on current events or scholarly literature related to Asia and the Pacific. Interviews are also welcome, pending approval by the Re:locations editorial board.
  • Photo Essays related to Asia and the Pacific that explore social issues or specific people, places, or events and display clarity, documentary integrity, and aesthetic style.

For additional information, please consult the Re:locations Academic Forum Submission Guidelines on our Facebook page  or contact the Editor at

Deadline: Open/ Rollling


Academic: Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies in Social Science, University of Toronto: Call for Applications

The Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto invites applications for the Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies in Social Science. This is an endowed Chair position, to be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Department of Anthropology, the Department of East Asian Studies, or the Department of Sociology. Appointment to the Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies will be for a five-year term. This appointment is renewable following a favourable review. This tenure-stream appointment will be effective July 1, 2015,

The Korea Foundation Chair will be joining one of the leading programs in Korean Studies in North America. The successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and demonstrate excellence in research through a strong record of scholarship and publication with a focus on Korea. Evidence of excellence in teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to graduate education and mentorship, are required. Preference will be given to a scholar working in Korean language and able to complement the research and teaching specialties of the faculty working in Korean Studies. The Korea Foundation Chair will be expected to assume a leadership role in developing and strengthening the Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by visiting Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MW word format.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly via e-mail by the closing date, February 20, 2015.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Deadline: February 20, 2015


Grants & Awards, Student: Call for Photo Submissions: Imaging The Asia-Pacific 2014-2015 Photo Contest/ DEADLINE EXTENDED

Chu Photo Contest 2014-2014 Promo Image

The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs seeks photographic representations of the Asia-Pacific (East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific) that incites us to imagine the region from unique perspectives.The photos may have been taken in any location within or outside the region (including Toronto). The judges are seeking photographs of high artistic quality that offer though provoking images, including those that may be highly abstract. All entries will be considered for prizes as well as displayed on the Chu Program’s website and promotional materials. The first prize photo will be displayed at the Asian Institute.

NEW DEADLINE: January 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM


First Prize: $100 and exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute
Second & Third Prize: a book of the entrant’s choice that has been authored by a core faculty member of the Asian Institute on the subject of Asia (subject to availability and cost restrictions by the Chu Program Director) and the exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute.


-Entrants must email the completed entry form and the images to by January 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM.
-The subject of the email should be “Imaging the Asia-Pacific Photo Contest Entry”
– If the total file size of the attachments exceeds the allowable limit of your email server, the images may be emailed separately in consecutive emails.
-Images must be a minimum of 1600×1200 and 300dpi and must be jpeg format. Higher resolution images are strongly suggested.



Registered undergraduate and graduate students from any of the University of Toronto’s three campuses are eligible to enter the contest. Each Entrant may enter up to five (5) photographs. Photographs must be in digital format as jpegs. No print of film submissions will be accepted. However, photos need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. Photos submitted must be taken at any time prior to the entry deadline.

Photos that include sculptures, statues, paintings, or other works of art will be accepted provided they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud (when photographing someone else’s work, the object must be in the environment and not a full-frame close-up of the art in question. Photographs should not contain identifiable persons. Entrants should submit an appropriate caption for each entry that briefly describes the image and indicates where the photo was taken. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contestant Entrant. By entering the Contest, the Entrant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the Entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph, The entrant accepts all responsibility for any copy right issues that may arise. Contest Judges reserve the right not to accept any photograph without explanation.

By entering the contest, the Entrant grants permission to the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia- Pacific Studies to use the photo on the Asian Institute and Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies program websites as well as in other promotional materials.


Photographs will be judged by the Chu Program Director and one or more additional faculty or staff members affiliated with the Asian Institute, or an external photography expert. Winners will be decided within one week after the close of the Contest, and will be notified directly unless unforeseen circumstances necessitate a postponement of cancellation. Winners will be announced on February 11, 2015.


The Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or cancel the contest for any reason


By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Sponsor and its affiliates from any claims, losses and damages arising out of their participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activities.

Questions? CONTACT:

Gianna Leggio

Deadline: January 26, 2015



Based out of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World is a new peer-reviewed, student-run journal that seeks to foster dialogue among student researchers working across disciplines, institutions, and regions in Asia and the Pacific.

Call for Submissions

Re:locations is inviting submissions for a special issue to be published online in Spring 2015, “Leveled: The Meaning and Making of Disaster in Asia.” Over the past decade, Asia has featured in global headlines as the locus of disasters that are unprecedented in complexity and scope. From the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the 2011 earthquake that precipitated the Fukushima nuclear disaster, these tragedies hint at new forms of calamity that extend far beyond national borders and challenge distinctions between “natural” and “manmade” disasters. Re:locations is seeking papers, reviews, poetry, and artwork that examine the impact that disasters have had on the region from cultural, environmental, economic, political, and historical perspectives. Themes may include, but are not limited to:
• Exploring the limits of current “disaster management” paradigms, and evaluating historical shifts in how disasters are perceived and managed
• Analyzing the different impact of disaster on marginalized groups
• Exploring the role of religious and civil society groups in post-disaster scenarios
• Investigating the politics of international aid in Asia
• Examining how disaster is framed in art and media
• Investigating the impact that recent disasters have had on climate change policy and public perceptions of risk and climate change in the region
Journal submissions should be emailed to the Senior Editor at in .doc format by December 15, 2014.

Deadline: December 15, 2014



Based out of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World  is a new peer-reviewed, student-run journal that seeks to foster dialogue among student researchers working across disciplines, institutions, and regions in Asia and the Pacific.

Call for Editors

Re:locations is currently recruiting graduate students for its editorial board. Graduate student editors will be responsible for managing and designing the Re:locations website, soliciting and reviewing submissions, and coordinating the peer review process for our inaugural issue in Spring 2015.
Peer review, editing, and website design experience are an advantage. Students from a variety of academic backgrounds with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged to apply as a strict Asia-Pacific Studies background is NOT a requirement.
If you are interested in applying for a position as an editor, please include the following in your application:
• Program of study and intended year of graduation
• Curriculum vitae
• Brief cover letter highlighting any Asia-Pacific related research and languages
Please submit your application to the Senior Editor at by Friday, October 17, 2014.

Deadline: October 17, 2014


Student: Call for Web Editor- Volunteer Student Position


Based out of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World is a new peer-reviewed, student-run journal that seeks to foster dialogue among student researchers working across disciplines, institutions, and regions in Asia and the Pacific.

Re:locations is currently recruiting students with expertise in website design for the position of Web Editor. The Web Editor is responsible for managing and designing the Re:locations website, handling social media, ensuring accessibility of web content in consultation with Accessibility Services, and uploading the content of our inaugural issue to be published in Spring 2015.

Website design experience – including experience setting-up a roundcube web-email platform – and knowledge of the content management system Drupal are an advantage. If you are interested in applying for the position of Web Editor, please include the following in your application:
• Program of study (POSt) and intended year of graduation
• Curriculum vitae
• Brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience in website design and management


Please submit your application to the Senior Editor at by Friday, November 30, 2014.

Deadline: November 30, 2014


Academic, Grants & Awards, Student: Call for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Applications: UCRSAP

The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership(UCRSAP)



UCRSAP addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region. Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social, and physical impacts of climate change.
UCRSAP is a new network of scholars and researchers working to address a critical gap in understanding the role of regionalization and urbanization in the growing risks posed by climate change in Southeast Asia. Our project involves international collaboration between academics in Canada and partners located in four countries that are experiencing both rapid urbanization and the severe effects of climate change: Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. UCRSAP includes universities, NGOs, local organizations, and local governments engaged in multi-disciplinary partnership, combining the science of interpreting climate change’s uncertainties, risks, and impacts with social science analysis from geography, anthropology, and planning. The initiating partners include the Thailand Environmental Institute Foundation (TEI), a non-government think tank focusing on scientific and policy issues in Southeast Asia, and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET-International), an international NGO with extensive experience in knowledge sharing and building urban climate change resilience, the University of Toronto, and York University.

The UCRSAP is undertaking a range of research and program activities:

  • conducting original, independent, academic research that views urbanization as a transformative process in terms of poverty, vulnerability, growth and climate change impacts;
  • promoting and sharing our research through publications, as well as through workshops, conferences, webcasts, and presentations;
  • convening roundtables and public events to engage discussion among scholars, policy makers, and community leaders in cities of Southeast Asia and Canada;
  • supporting graduate and post-graduate students to thereby build Canada and Southeast Asia’s expertise in the field of urban climate change impacts and responses.


The Partnership is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Council (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

For more information about UCRSAP:


UCRSAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2015-16

The Urban Climate Resilience Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSAP), located in the Asia Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a one-year (with possibility of renewal for up to three years) UCRSAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Climate Change Resilience. Research proposed must be pertinent to UCRSAP’s focus on building urban climate change capacity, particularly in the Mekong region. The Fellowship will commence July 1 2015, with an annual salary of $40,500 CAD plus benefits.


The successful applicant is expected to reside in Toronto, Canada during the term of the Fellowship, and will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the Munk School of Global Affairs and larger University of Toronto community during the 2015-2016 academic year. Support for conference and research travel in Southeast Asia is available.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who have received their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within the three years prior to the start date of the UCRSAP fellowship (i.e. July 2012 or later). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the UCRSAP team.

Core responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:

  • Conducting research of relevance to the UCRSAP project;
  • Presenting two research seminars at the Munk School of Global Affairs, with the first in the Fall of 2015 and the second in the Spring of 2016;
  • Preparing an original, full-length research paper for publication as part of the UCRSAP Paper series;
  • Participating in the UCRSAP Virtual Graduate Seminar.

Other responsibilities, to be identified with UCRSAP partners and directors based on the fellow’s interests and UCRSAP’s research agenda, could include:

  • Planning UCRSAP conferences, events, or workshops, in conjunction with UCRSAP partners;
  • Preparing research papers for publication as part of the USRSAP Papers series;
  • Participation in other UCRSAP research projects and initiatives; and
  • Providing research assistance and support to the UCRSAP Co-Directors.


Applications must arrive at the Munk School of Global Affairs no later than 1 January 2015 at noon (EST). The committee will notify applicants of their decision by 1 March 2015.

Application instructions can be found here.

Deadline: January 1, 2015


Academic, Student: Emergency Posting: Teaching Assistant Position/ SAS114H1F

Emergency Posting: Teaching Assistant Position

September 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014


The Asian Institute seeks one Teaching Assistant for the following courses:

SAS114H1F: Introduction to South Asian Studies

Course instructor: Professor Reeju Ray

Starting with the study of British Imperialism, this course traces developments over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in southern Asia. The course will cover themes and historiographical currents that are fundamental to the study of this region today. The course is modeled in a manner that allows students to take up historical and political themes, concepts and events simultaneously in order to strengthen their understanding of current scholarship. Themes will include environmental and ecological histories, gendered and contested landscapes, colonial and national borderlands, as well as forms of social control and resistance. Students will be encouraged to critically work through the readings in order to evaluate events, agents and actors that have shaped the histories of southern Asia.



A background in Asia-Pacific and/or South Asian studies is required, preferably from an interdisciplinary and multi-regional social science perspective. First consideration will be given to full-time senior graduate students at the University of Toronto.



  • Attend weekly lectures and monthly meetings with the professor
  • Mark one essay, a final exam, and weekly short response papers
  • Hold office hours the week after assignments are returned


Course timetable: Tuesdays 3-5

Hours of work: approx. 50 hours total

Estimated Course Enrolment: 50 students

Rate of Pay: SGS I/II – $42.05/hour

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV (including previous teaching evaluations if applicable) by September 22, 2014. Letters of recommendation are not required but will be accepted. Applications should be sent to:


Program Administrator, Contemporary Asian Studies

Asian Institute at the University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place, room 228N
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7



This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The position is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments. The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department office and in the CUPE Local 3902 office.


In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.


Posted on September 18, 2014

Deadline: September 22, 2014

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