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CAORC – INYA Faculty Development Seminar

CAORC-INYA Faculty Development Seminar: « Myanmar: Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia » (June 4-21, 2020)


Since 2011, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has undergone a very challenging political, socio-economic, and cultural transition. More recently, the country has had to face the devastating effects of climate change, with many communities affected considerably by floods, typhoons, and sea-level rise. How, in the run-up to Myanmar’s 2020 General Election, is the country addressing this wide spectrum of challenges? How are these challenges perceived and dealt with by urban and local communities, covered by local media, and discussed during the political campaign?

Featuring lectures, meetings with media professionals, civil society organizations and political activists, and site visits, this two-week faculty development seminar will offer participants a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a country which now appears frequently in international news headlines. It will also leave time for the discovery of Myanmar’s ancient cultures and civilizations with visits to some of the country’s major historical and natural sites.

Eligibility and Program Expectations

The program is open to full-time or part-time faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges or minority-serving institutions.* The program is open to faculty in all fields and encourages applicants from a diverse array of academic departments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and must also have a valid passport or have already submitted an application for a new passport. Please note: Previously awarded CAORC seminar participants must wait at least two years before applying for a new award.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be required to:

  • Develop a 1-pg concept note of short and long-term goals to increase teaching and awareness about Myanmar and Southeast Asia in their classes and college community.
  • Develop new or improved course materials about Myanmar that can be openly shared on CAORC’s website and social media to enhance U.S. teaching on Southeast Asia.
  • Contribute a short blog article, written for a popular audience, that expresses something about how the seminar improved your knowledge or understanding of Myanmar.

In addition, awarded faculty to the Myanmar seminar will attend an in-person, pre-departure orientation session in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 5, prior to the seminar’s departure to Myanmar that same evening. Participant travel to and one-night stay in Washington (June 4) will be provided by CAORC.

*Please refer to the Department of Education for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. A useful directory of MSIs can also be found at the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.

Application Process

 Applications can be accessed via You must sign up for an account to access the application. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting. Please save your login/password information for future applications.

In addition to providing basic personal and professional information, applicants are required to respond to the following essay questions (up to 500 words each):

Please describe your personal and/or academic interest in participating in the Myanmar faculty development program and, more specifically, why you are excited to learn more about Southeast Asia, the theme of the seminar, or both? How do you currently engage your students, campus, or community in these issues?

  1. Please describe how participation in this seminar is essential for your own professional development and especially improving your teaching related to global education.
  2. Please discuss why global perspectives are important and/or useful for college educators and their students and what impact such perspectives can have both inside and outside the classroom.
  3. Please describe the ways in which your college has prioritized global education initiatives and how your participation in this program will benefit or help develop these efforts. If your college does not yet have programs in global education, how do you believe your participation in this program will help initiate such efforts?

Applicants must also upload: 

  • Current CV/Resume (less than 3 pages in length)
  • Letter of Support: From an administrator, department chair, or senior colleague within your institution. Letter should speak to your personal and professional qualifications to participate in the seminar, as well as your collegiality and ability to partner with others to achieve goals and objectives. All letters must be written and signed on institutional letterhead.

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2021 CAORC – INYA Short Term Fellowships for U.S. Graduate Students

2021 CAORC – INYA Short Term Fellowships for U.S. Graduate Students Conducting Field-Based Research in Myanmar

Application deadline extended to December 20, 2021 (12:00 AM EST)


Fellowships awards from $2,400 to $4,400 for a maximum of 4 months

The Inya Institute announces the 2021 CAORC-INYA Short Term Fellowships competition for research that will contribute to studies on Myanmar in any aspect of its wide linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity and to a better understanding of the country’s past or present political and socio-economic situation. Applicants must be U.S. Graduate Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master’s or Doctoral level) at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or elsewhere.

The 2021 CAORC-INYA Fellows will have until December 15, 2022, to complete their field work in Myanmar.

The program is funded by CAORC through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. 

Information about the fellowship competition

  • Research must contribute to studies on Myanmar in any aspect of its wide linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity and to a better understanding of the country’s past or present political and socio-economic situation. Any field of research will be considered, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, economics, political sciences, law, environment studies, and public health;
  • Research must take place in Myanmar;
  • Field research in Myanmar must be for a minimum of two months and a maximum of four months;
  • Joint research projects are not eligible for this competition. Only individual research projects will be considered;
  • Applicants demonstrating interest in engaging and plans to collaborate with local Myanmar students or scholars will have a competitive advantage;
  • Applicants who have had so far no or limited field and research experience in Myanmar are particularly encouraged to apply;
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens. U.S. permanent residents are not eligible for this competition;
  • Students enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to apply. 

Application Contents

The application to be completed in the CAORC Survey Monkey Application Portal ( requires the following items:

  • Information about the Applicant: first name, last name, mailing address, email address, phone number, citizenship, major field of study, department, institutional affiliation, dates (if any) of previous research in Myanmar, length of award requested, tentative dates of project;
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Description of the proposed study with the following sections:
  1. Project title
  2. Project abstract (max. 100 words)
  3. Approach and research methodology (max. 500 words)
  4. Significance of the project (max. 500 words)
  5. Work done to date (max. 300 words)
  6. Work to be accomplished during the fellowship period (max. 500 words)
  7. Budget narrative describing how the award will be expended
  • Project Bibliography;
  • Two Reference Letters.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Award from $2,400 to $4,400 for a maximum of 4 months;
  • A transportation stipend of up to 1,700$ for the round trip airfare from the U.S. to Myanmar;
  • A desk at the Inya Institute in Yangon and access to the institute’s library and amenities.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Fellows must submit a one-page Final Report to the Inya Institute within a month completing their fellowship.
  2. During the tenure of their fellowship, fellows must present their research project in a public presentation in Myanmar and write a short blog which will be posted on the institute’s Facebook page.
  3. Fellows are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permission and visas.
  4. Air Travel from the U.S. must meet the conditions of the Fly America Act.

Deadline, Selection, and Notification

Applications must be sent by December 20, 2021 (12:00 AM EST).

Fellowships will be awarded by a Selection Committee composed of academics with long-standing experience and recognized expertise on Myanmar. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Merits of the proposal, its significance, relevance, and potential contribution to research on Myanmar studies;
  • Applicant qualifications;
  • Feasibility of the research design;
  • Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project;
  • Quality of the plan to collaborate with local Myanmar students or scholars.

Awards will be announced by March 31, 2022.

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