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The Center for Khmer Studies’ (CKS) mission is to support research and teaching in the social sciences, arts and humanities as they relate to Cambodia. As an American Overseas Research Center, CKS aims to foster understanding of Cambodia and the Mekong region by connecting Cambodian students and scholars with their regional counterparts, and by supporting programs at US universities.

Specific objectives of the CKS are to:

  • Facilitate research on Cambodia and promote scholarly exchange;
  • Strengthen advanced scholarship in Cambodia;
  • Integrate Cambodian scholars into their regional community;
  • Support advanced scholarship on Cambodia at US institutions.
Founded in 1998, CKS is a U.S. non-governmental institution supported by the US government, international foundations, educational institutions, scholars and interested individuals. CKS is registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia and incorporated in the United States as a tax-exempt institution under article 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. CKS is a member institution of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Its programs are run from two offices in Cambodia: its headquarters in Siem Reap/ Angkor, and a branch office in the capital, Phnom Penh. It also maintains an administrative office in New York City.

Programs and Initiatives

CKS seeks to provide an identifiable common point of exchange, as well as an in-country logistical resource for scholarly research. We think of ourselves as a bridge and a crossroads, a real “center” for institutions, scholars, students and the general public:
  • The CKS Library: the largest public library outside the capital, Phnom Penh, with over 11,000 monographs, books and journals and public computers.
  • Fellowships: support the research and education of junior and senior scholars from Cambodia and overseas.
  • Research and Training Programs: support the training and integration of young Cambodian scholars into research projects about Cambodia in collaboration with Cambodian and overseas universities.
  • Publishing and Translation Program: publishing and/or translating original manuscripts as well as translating much-needed social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.
  • Conferences/Events: international, inter-disciplinary workshops, conferences and lectures held in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh establish direct links between Cambodian and international scholars.
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Fellowship Program

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Public Lecture Program

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Regional Program

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