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Research Institutions and Opportunities for Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies

Compiled by: Stephanie Razo

Directed Individual Study, Fall 2015

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

There is an entire world full of opportunities for those who are interested in Asian and Southeast Asian Studies. Whether one is interested in learning about a particular country in Asia or wishes to further their knowledge through research projects, there are more than fifty universities that offer programs in Asian and Southeast Asian Studies around the world. Each of these universities holds a Department of Asian and Southeast Asian Studies that makes them unique in their own way. Along with their honorable scholars, the universities may be differentiated from one another based on their particular areas of research.

Each department is composed of scholars who specialize in a particular area of study. This allows them to become experts in their fields of interest which in turn further legitimizes their scholarship. The scholars that make up these institutions are knowledgeable in various research areas such as the following:

  • Business
  • Culture
  • Democracy and Democratization
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Governance/Government
  • Health/Medical
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • Religion
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
The Departments of Asian and Southeast Asian Studies at most of these universities provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships. The institutions offer grants that can be awarded to research as well as graduate students. Similarly, scholarships can be granted to researchers, graduate students, and graduate students. These funds are  distributed after evaluating competitive applications.
Funding is important because it helps researchers acquire the resources they need in order to conduct their research. These projects may result in significant findings that can impact the area of Asian Studies and beyond. In order to make these results public, researchers often publish their findings for their peers and future researchers. Many of the universities also sponsor or house their own publication presses.
The programs and resources that these universities offer are valuable assets for researchers as well as students at the graduate and undergraduate level. The resources and instruction that these institutions offer help individuals get a better understanding on the unique cultures that can be found in Asian countries and communities.

Below is a list of international research centers and departments from different counties around the world that emphasize Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies, and/or Southeast Asian Studies. Feel free to submit additional information or corrections in the comments section at the end of this post.


* International Directory (CORMOSEA):


* Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art:

* Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP) – Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University:

* Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies:

* Australian National University (ANU) Faculty of Asian Studies:

* Monash University – Centre of Southeast Asian Studies:

* The University of Melbourne – Asia Institute:


* Society for South-East Asian Studies (SEAS) Austria:


* The University of British Columbia – Institute of Asian Research:


* Akatiga – Centre for Social Analysis:

* Center for Southeast Asian Studies – Indonesia:

* Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS):

* Indonesian Survey Institute:

* Institute for Policy and Community Development Studies (IPCOS):



* The SMERU Research Institute:

* Women Research Institute:


* The University of Haifa – Department of Asian Studies:


* Kyoto University – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* Kyoto University Research Information Repository: (Peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations, departmental bulletin papers and any kind of scholarly works of Kyoto University)


* Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (KISEAS):


* Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) – Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University:


* Denmark:

— University of Aalborg:

— University of Aarhus:

* Finland:

— Finnish National University Network for East and Southeast Asian Studies — 22 institutions ( represented by: University of Turku (, University of Tampere (, University of Jyvaskyla (, University of Oulu (, and Lappeenranta University of Technology (

* Iceland:

— University of Akureyri:

— University of Iceland:

* Norway:

— University of Bergen (UIB):

— University of Oslo (UIO):

— Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU):

— Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH):

— Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI):

— Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI):

— International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO):

— Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI):

* Sweden:

— Goteborg University (GU):

— Royal Institute of Technology (KTH):

— Stockholm University (SU):

— Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies (SSAAPS):

— Uppsala University (UU):


* Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS):

— ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at ISEAS:

* National University of Singapore (NUS) Southeast Asian Studies Programme:


* Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est (IRASEC) / Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia:


* University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS):


* Arizona State University – Center for Asian Research:

* Cornell University – Southeast Asia Program:

* National Bureau of Asian Research:

— AccesAsia database of Asian studies’ experts and their websites:

— Strategic Asia database:

* Northern Illinois University – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* Ohio University – Southeast Asian Studies:

* Ohio University – Southeast Asia Digital Library:

* University of California – Berkeley – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* University of California – Los Angeles – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* University of Hawaii – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* University of Louisville – Center for Asian Democracy (CAD):

* University of Michigan (U-M) – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* University of Oregon – Center for Asian and Pacific Studies:

* University of Washington – Southeast Asia Center:

* University of Wisconsin – Center for Southeast Asian Studies:

* Yale University – Council on Southeast Asia Studies: