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SEAC PhD Research Support Fund

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is pleased to support PhD students at LSE whose research relates to the Southeast Asia region. The PhD Research Support Fund provides funding toward field research expenses in Southeast Asia (maximum £2,000) and conference attendance (maximum £500).

This scheme is available to PhD students registered at LSE, at any stage of their studies, whose research relates to Southeast Asia and who do not have access to funding from a sponsoring body (e.g. ESRC) that provides support for research expenses. Please note that those who have submitted their PhD thesis are not eligible to apply.


Fieldwork Support Fund

Applications for the fieldwork support fund must involve fieldwork based in the Southeast Asia region (normally defined as countries which are member states of ASEAN). Fieldwork expenses can include travel, accommodation, subsistence, local services (e.g. transcription/translation) and/or purchase of research materials.

The deadline for applications to the fieldwork fund is 26 May 2022. Each application is to accompany a support statement from the applicant's supervisor.

Application form for the fund is available here. Any queries are to be directed to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk


Conference Fund

Applications for the conference fund need to be accompanied with evidence of your speaking engagement at the conference, e.g. an email confirmation from the conference organiser. Expenses can include conference registration, travel, accommodation and/or subsistence.

Applications for the conference fund will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk and decisions are expected to be relayed within four weeks of submission. Each application is to accompany a support statement from the applicant's supervisor.

Please note that annual funding for conference attendance is limited and SEAC may announce the closure of applications as soon as funds have been exhausted. 

Application form can be downloaded here. Any queries are to be directed to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk


2021 Awardees

The SEAC PhD Research Support scheme awarded funds to two individuals in late 2021 for their forthcoming fieldwork plans in Southeast Asia.


Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre

Department of Anthropology

“The LSE Southeast Asia Centre Fieldwork Support Fund will assist me in the final six months of fieldwork in the Thai-Myanmar borderlands. This research is a study of agrarian change, particularly alterations in legal land regimes and commercial land-grabs and how these affect long-standing inequalities among minority ethnic and peasant groups in Myanmar. This work aims to contribute to anthropological knowledge on the interplay of development, state building, conflict and ethno-nationalism in upland Southeast Asia. This research aims offer a broader contribution to Anthropological knowledge of indigenous religious and cultural practices in Southeast Asia. The research will also contribute to debates on the role of development and infrastructure projects in upland and indigenous areas, while remaining grounded in locally specific practices, beliefs and ways of living. I am very grateful for the Southeast Asia Centre’s support in completing this research."


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Jonathan Doherty

Department of Anthropology

"I undertook long-term fieldwork in central Bali where my research focuses on temple networks and territorial cults, indigenous folklore and ritual practices, and local relations with the divinised environment. My work situates highland Balinese ritual within a comparative perspective to explore its Southeast Asian essence and deep historical connection with the region."