YSEALI / University of Puget Sound Research Assistantship

2020 Program Dates: May-June 2020 Application
Due: 30 December 2019


Dear YSEALI Members in Indonesia,

Are you a current undergraduate student or recent graduate currently 18 - 25 years old? Do you have a background in Indonesian history, anthropology, environmental studies, media studies, or sociology? Are you interested in investigating topics such as religion, ethnicity, gender, media, and power? Would you like the opportunity to explore these themes in a U.S. university classroom environment here in Indonesia, through ethnographic investigations, and documentary filmmaking? Would you like to do this in collaborative partnership with other undergraduate students from the United States?

We are excited to announce a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, Washington http://www.pugetsound.edu/. The UPS department of Sociology and Anthropology features a course called “Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context” for which a group of students will travel to Bali for 3 weeks from May 28 - June 16, 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed at the time of selection) to work together on the ethnographic and visual projects in the topics mentioned above. They would like each American student to explore issues of cultural similarity and difference, and to work on a research project in partnership with an Indonesian also interested in their topic.

This will be a very focused and fairly intense U.S. university academic experience. It will also provide YSEALI members the opportunity to share their culture with their American peers while experiencing a U.S. university classroom environment, and gaining hands-on experience in conducting ethnographic and visual research.

Ten Indonesian participants will be selected to participate in this fully-funded program, which includes round-trip airfare to and from Bali, meals, and lodging.

Participants should be Indonesian citizen aged 18-25 who are members of YSEALI (sign up at yseali.state.gov). Strong written and spoken English language ability is required. (Note: English language ability will be evaluated through the written application below and an interview conducted by Skype or telephone call. No TOELF/IELTS scores required.)

Please also note the following requirements:
· You will be expected to attend all classes, field excursions and workshops together with UPS students.
· You will live in a kos with your American partners and be required to share quarters.
· In addition to shorter ethnographic projects and classroom discussion, you will work in teams to develop short documentary films related to the themes outlined above.

If you would like to be involved in this unique opportunity please fill out the attached application and return it to us at YSEALIjkt@state.gov by December 30, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in January 2020, and selection results announced by February 3, 2020.

The YSEALI Team at U.S. Embassy Jakarta
& the LIASE Indonesia Team at Puget Sound