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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. 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 to interact, through a series of programs and initiatives, including:
  • The CKS Library: 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: producing original scholarly manuscripts as well as translating foundational social science and historical texts into the Khmer language.
  • Conferences/Events: local and international, inter-disciplinary workshops, conferences and lectures held in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh 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 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, and is the sole American Overseas Research Center in mainland Southeast Asia.
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