2013-2014 Junior Fellowships on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth

A Call for Proposals for the ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellowships

The ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership*, with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, invites applications for the 2013–2014 ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellowships** on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth.

11 junior fellowships will be offered in 2013–2014. Research should seek to address the challenge of finding means of improving systems for managing natural resources to allow sustainable economic growth and meet growing energy needs in the ASEAN region. The papers should explore how to do this without degrading common resources (increasing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas concentrations, and overharvesting and causing degradation of open access fisheries and forest resources) and with due regard to human security. Research must be analytical and policy relevant.

Fellowships will commence in January 2014, with fieldwork and a first draft of the paper to be completed by June 2014. To help refine draft papers into publishable material, junior fellows are required to participate in a 10-day research training workshop (to be organised by the University of British Columbia [UBC], Canada) as well as the 2014 ASEAN-Canada Forum. Junior fellows are expected to produce at least one publishable academic paper (8,000 words) at the end of the fellowship. The fellowship comes with a stipend of CAD 12,000 (the total sum for the duration of the fellowship), and it ends with the publication of these academic papers by the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

  1. The research proposal should focus on issues/topics that are transnational in nature or have broader regional relevance (or applicability), analyse regional processes and impacts, and would have significance to ASEAN’s regional development.
  2. Collaborative proposals among ASEAN nationals are encouraged.
  3. Proposals that incorporate creative methodologies (e.g. visual media) are also encouraged.


Eligibility will be assessed based on the following:

  1. Applicants from ASEAN must be a national from one of the 10 ASEAN countries and based in Southeast Asia.
  2. Applicants from Canada must be resident in Canada (Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents).
  3. Applicants should normally possess a minimum of a Master’s degree and have no more than 5 years of working experience since their last degree.
  4. Applicants with demonstrated interest in related research fields would have an advantage.
  5. Applicants from various disciplines are invited to apply.


All interested applicants should submit their applications via email by 31 October 2013 (Thursday) with the following information:

  1. A proposal of about 2,000 words which should include:
    1. A Statement describing the aims, objectives and methods of the research project.
    2. Time frame (to include time plan for fieldwork and paper writing).
    3. An institutional base of choice in Southeast Asia, and reasons for it being the most suitable institution from which to conduct research. Applicants must take full responsibility for research arrangements with the chosen institute.
    4. Expected findings and output.
    5. Ways in which these findings will contribute to knowledge and policy.
  2. Information on his/her expertise in relation to the research that is to be carried out.
  3. Previous analytical papers on topics related to this research theme.
  4. Two recommendation letters.
  5. A curriculum vitae and a copy of his/her educational certificates.


All interested applicants should submit proposals via email (please do not submit hard copies) to:

Ms Cheryl Lim (ischeryllim@ntu.edu.sg)
Project Coordinator
ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership Secretariat,
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies,
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS),
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


*Officially launched in January 2012, the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership seeks to build stronger research capacity and partnership between and among Canada and ASEAN countries, institutions and individuals, in order to deepen ASEAN-Canada relations including at the highest levels. Click here for more information on the ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership.

**The 2013–2014 junior fellowships is one of several key activities conducted under this initiative. To reflect on ASEAN and Canada’s priorities and/or expertise, this fellowship focuses on the theme of Natural Resource Management for Sustainable GrowthClick here for more information on the 2012–2013 junior fellowships.