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Lecture Series: The aim of the CKS lecture series is to provide a platform for scholars ... Read more
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Asia Research Institute: CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE | 31 MAY 2017 Fellowships |Deadline: January 31, 2018: CAORC’s Multi-Country Research Fellowship and ... Read more
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Participant-Driven Professional Development Participant-Driven Professional Development for English language teachers, teacher trainers, and program ... 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 in Phnom Penh Thursday, August 29, 2017, at 6:00pm Lecture in Phnom Penh Friday, May 19, 2017, at 6:00pm Lecture Series Description The aim of the CKS lecture series is to provide a ... 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 research, teaching and ... 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


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. Since our founding in 1998, CKS has aimed to foster understanding of Cambodia and the Mekong region by:
  • Supporting research on Cambodia and promoting scholarly exchange;
  • Strengthening advanced scholarship in Cambodia;
  • Integrating Cambodian scholars into regional and global scholarly and professional communities and networks;
  • Expanding and deepening advanced scholarship on Cambodia at US institutions.
We think of ourselves as a bridge, as a crossroads: a real center for institutions, scholars, students, and the general public to meet and interact, through a series of programs and initiatives, including:
  • The CKS Library: provides the largest public library outside the capital, Phnom Penh, with over 20,000 monographs, books and journals, and with publicly accessible computers.
  • Fellowships: support the research and education of junior and senior scholars from Cambodia and overseas.
  • Research and Training Programs: enable the training of young Cambodian scholars and the integration of their Cambodia-grounded research with Cambodian and overseas universities.
  • Publishing and Translation Program: produces original scholarly manuscripts and translates foundational social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.
  • Conferences/Events: present local and international, inter-disciplinary workshops, conferences, and lectures in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to establish professional partnerships between Cambodian and international scholars.
CKS’s educational programs are run from our headquarters in Siem Reap and from our office in Phnom Penh. We encourage you to visit us and to learn more about what we do!

CKS is a non-governmental institution supported by international foundations, educational institutions, scholars, the US government, and interested individuals. CKS is registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia. CKS is also a member institution of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and is in this capacity the sole American Overseas Research Center in mainland Southeast Asia.