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Welcome to CKS

The Center for Khmer Studies is an American Overseas Research Center that receives partial support from the US Government. Its programs and administrative costs are largely privately funded.

Founded in 1998, CKS runs educational programs from its headquarters in Siem Reap, and from its office in Phnom Penh. It collaborates extensively with Cambodian institutions, above all in training programs, conferences and workshops. Its multifaceted programs include lectures and workshops, a 20,000 title research library in Siem Reap, a program of translation into Khmer of scholarly books, and a popular Research Fellowship Program open to U.S., Cambodian and French scholars. It has focused on capacity building in Cambodian higher education and on promoting the study of Cambodia within American universities.

CKS is the sole American Overseas Research Center in mainland Southeast Asia, and is a member of the Council of Overseas Research Centers. (CAORC).

Latest News
Scholarships – Info for applicants: Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific Who are we? Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is the largest Political Foundation in Germany. KAS offers political ... Read more
Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship: The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is pleased to offer a focused regional fellowship program enabling pre- and early postdoctoral scholars to carry out research in... Read more
Download Khmer Language Books: The 50 digital books were produced under the direction of Dr. Pascal Bourdeaux by a project organized by the Center for Khmer Studies in 2006-2007. This project was ... Read more
New Siksacakr Release: No 12-13 Cambodia: Colonial Encounters The new publication of our double English/ French volume of Siksācakr, Journal of Cambodia Research focusing on Colonialism marks ... Read more
Fellowship Program

CKS Senior Fellowships CKS provides in-country research fellowships for U.S., Cambodian and French scholars and doctoral students on a yearly basis.. The CKS U.S. Research Fellowship Program ... Read more

Public Lecture Program

Lecture Series Description The aim of the CKS lecture series is to provide a platform for scholars and development practitioners to present their research ... Read more

Regional Program

Center for Khmer Studies Exploring Conflict in the ASEAN region Background For more than fifteen years the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) has successfully supported ... Read more


PUBLICATIONS The Center for Khmer Studies is deeply committed to the development of the higher education sector in Cambodia and sees the publication and dissemination of academic and ... Read more