FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The frequently asked questions (FAQ) page is designed to help applicants become familiar with most aspects of the SEASREP Foundation grants programs and other activities.
Q. What is the SEASREP Foundation?
A. The SEASREP Foundation is a non-profit and non-stock organization that aims to promote Southeast Asian studies in Southeast Asia by Southeast Asian through its projects and four grants programs: language training; visiting professors; the Luisa mallari Fellowships For M.A. and Ph.D. Research in Southeast Asian Studies; and regional collaboration.
Q. Where is the SEASREP Foundation located?
A. The SEASREP Foundation has two Secretariats that handle the grants programs. The Manila Secretariat administers the Foundation projects and the language training grant and the Luisa Mallari Fellowship for M.A./Ph.D. Research in Southeast Asian Studies. The Tokyo Joint Secretariat administers the regional collaboration grant.
Q. What is an MOU university?
A. The MOU Universities are composed of eight universities in the region that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the SEASREP Foundation to participate in and implement the grants programs. The eight universities are Gadjah Mada University, University of Indonesia, Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University, University of Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines.
Q. What is an MOU liaison officer?
A. A MOU liaison officer is designated by the MOU member university to receive and process requests of grant recipients (after formal notification to the recipients); disseminate information on the SEASREP programs; monitor the progress of the grantees in their university; and set-up the appropriate internal mechanisms to carry out these functions.
Q. Who may apply for the grants programs?
A. For the language training: Southeast Asian nationals enrolled in graduate programs in the social sciences or humanities in any university in Southeast Asia, or teaching at any university in Southeast Asia, are eligible to take a language training course in a recognized language training institute in the region (outside one's country) or directly from a tutor.
Applicants must not be older than 40 years old.
B. For the Luisa Mallari Fellowship for M.A./Ph.D. Research in Southeast Asian Studies: Southeast Asian nationals under the age of 40 and enrolled in social science or humanities graduate programs in a Southeast Asian university.
C. For the regional collaboration: any scholar in the humanities or social sciences who is a Southeast Asian national residing in the region, regardless of institutional affiliation.
*See the complete guidelines and requirements at Grants
Q. When are applications accepted?
A. Applications are accepted from February to September. The fiscal year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Application forms are available from the Manila Secretariat, the Tokyo Joint
Secretariat, the appropriate liaison officers of the eight participating universities, and the Japan Foundation offices in the region.
The main selection period is in January.
Q. Where should applications be sent?
A. Applications for the language training grant and the Luisa Mallari Fellowship for M.A./Ph.D. Research in Southeast Asian Studies must be submitted to the SEASREP Foundation Manila Secretariat.
Applications for the regional collaboration grant must be submitted to the Tokyo Joint Secretariat for SEASREP.
The Manila Secretariat
Unit 612/613 Residencia de Regina
94 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
The Tokyo Joint Secretariat for SEASREP
c/o The Toyota Foundation
Shinjuku Mitsui Building 37F
2-1-1 Nishi Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-04
Tel (81-3) 3344-1701
Fax (81-3) 3342-6911
Q. When is the deadline for applications?
A. Applications must be postmarked no later than 1 October of each year. The Secretariat will not accept applications thereafter.
Q. Who reviews and evaluates the grant applications?
A. A Selection Committee composed of five scholars from the region selects the recipients of the four grants programs. The members of the Committee, who change every two years, are chosen by the Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
Q. What is the SEAS Bulletin? Where can I get a copy?
A. The SEAS Bulletin is the bi-annual electronic publication of the Foundation. It features academic programs, conferences and other activities in the region, and new researches and publications by young scholars. You can subscribe to the bulletin by filling up the subcription form. Please visit the link to the SEAS Bulletin.
Q. Where does the SEASREP Foundation get its financial support?
A. The Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation jointly provide funding for the grants programs and the operation of the Manila Secretariat.