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Southeast Asian Studies: Southeast Asia Research Fellowship

Pick/Laudati Southeast Asia Research Fellowship

Dr. James B. Pick/Dr. Rosalyn Laudati Southeast Asia Research Fellowship

Northern Illinois University (NIU) Libraries invites international scholars to come to the library for a two week research opportunity, using library materials in the Southeast Asia Collection. The fellowship aims to assist researchers from countries where Southeast Asia materials are limited or not readily available for research. Generously funded by the Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn Laudati Endowment, this fellowship offers financial support of up to $5,500 to cover international airfare, accommodation, visa fees, health insurance, and a living stipend for two weeks.

NIU will provide a letter of invitation that the fellow may use to apply for a visa to travel to the United States. It is the responsibility of the fellow to obtain the visa, including paying for visa fees in advance. NIU will manage travel arrangements, including booking international flight tickets, arranging ground transportation between Chicago and NIU, and reserving accommodations at the NIU Holmes Student Center for the fellow. NIU Libraries will provide a workspace in the library and research assistance to the fellow.


  • Fellow will give a talk on their research as part of the Lecture Series of the NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Fellow is encouraged (but not required) to deposit scholarship resulting from the fellowship into the Huskie Commons.
  • Fellow will credit the Endowment and NIU Libraries in publications resulting from the research.

Eligibility: Scholars of Southeast Asian Studies, including graduate students, who are currently based outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Research in any topic related to Southeast Asia is acceptable, with preference given to those whose topics are particularly relevant to the holdings of the NIU Southeast Asia Collection

Timeline: Applications are accepted until March 31, 2024 for the fellowship that takes place in the following Fall or Spring semester of the academic year 2024-2025. Applicants will be informed of the decision in May, 2024. 

To Apply: The fellowship is currently accepting applications until March 31, 2024. To apply, please submit this online form, then email your CV and one reference letter to University Libraries Associate Dean, Gwen Gregory,