FAQs on the Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia

Student Stories:

Emily Taing, Junior at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), major in “International Development Studies and Asian American Studies”; Summer Resident fellow 2016
‘The CKS summer research fellowship is an enlightening experience where students around the world come together to study and appreciate the rich history of Cambodia. During my time at CKS, I have engaged with both visiting scholars and local students. As a Cambodian American, I believe this experience allowed me to explore new areas of studies such as environmentalism and economics while building on my existing knowledge in anthropology and international relations. Coming to Cambodia for the first time and taking part of CKS has been an enriching experience both personally and academically. I look forward to fostering the relationships and networks I have built here in Cambodia’.

Emma Clark, Georgetown University, USA. CKS Junior Fellow 2012
‘The program gave me a way to access and engage the culture and the issues of Cambodia in a way that I would not have been able to do in many other forums. It is rare that undergraduates have the opportunity to do such challenging fieldwork overseas, and the chance to study alongside students from such diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds made for an enriching global experience’.

Sao Sereysothea, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia. CKS Junior Fellow 2013
‘Summer Junior Resident Program had such as an amazing atmosphere, which help me gain greater confidence to communicate with other people, instructors and other foreign fellows in particular. This experience has greatly contributed to my academic major and my current career. I still go to CKS public lecture series in Phnom Penh. I hope CKS will continue this fellowship program to benefit other fellows who will further their understanding of Cambodian society and other countries’.

Patrick Millar, the University of Sacramento State, Department of Social Science. CKS Junior Fellow 2014
”It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dive into a foreign country in a way that is so much more full, both in experience gained and knowledge learned, than coming here on your own. CKS opens a window into the lives of everyday Cambodians and helps create lasting bonds between these three (France, U.S., Cambodia) far flung regions of the world. Thank you CKS!”

Pauline Blotin, University of Paris XI, Faculty of Pharmacy. CKS Junior Fellow 2014
“This program was one of the greatest experiences I had ever done so yes I will recommend it! [The students] will enjoy the lessons, the daily life here, the trips all over the country and the Cambodians! Thanks a lot for this amazing program!”

Eleonore Ballif, Institut National des Arts, Langues et des Civilisations Orientales (INALCO). CKS Junior Fellow 2014
“This program is perfect if you want to learn more on various subjects about Cambodia and Cambodian culture. It allows you to meet great people and open yourself to their opinions and views. With the time given, we still managed to go on fieldtrips and discover more.”

Sok Surin, Cambodian, Royal University of Phnom Penh and Cambodian Mekong University. CKS Junior Fellow 2014
“Yes I would recommend this program. [Cambodian] students think that this program can reinforce their knowledge. When we went somewhere in group and other students saw us, they wanted to take part in this program. For example when we visited the Royal University of Phnom Penh, many students wanted to join us.”

Alex Hardin, American, The University of Oregon, majoring in International Studies, Chinese. CKS Junior Fellow 2014
“I would wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone who is considering it. The people I’ve met, the things I’ve seen and learned, everything about this experience has been unforgettable”.

Photos of Summer Fellowship Program

Frequently Asked Question’s:
Where can I find useful information on Cambodia?
Guide books about Cambodia, such as the Lonely Planet, are a good source of information on history, culture and local norms and will give an idea of what types of food and services are available in Siem Reap.

What should I bring to Cambodia?
The list below is furnished as a general outline and should not be seen as a hard and fast rule. And remember, all of the things on this list can be found in Siem Reap without a problem.

  • Clothes, including swimsuit, long pants, long shorts, shirts (t shirts and some button up), sneakers or shoes, some sandals/flip flops, rain poncho
  • Towel
  • Toiletries and first aid kit, including sunscreen, insect repellent, aspirin, antihistamine, cold and flu tablets, Imodium, sting relief spray, antifungal cream or powder, antiseptic, bandages/band aids, tampons, personal medication
  • Laptop computer
  • Books
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Extra passport photos
  • Travel alarm clock

How should I dress in Cambodia?
Cambodians tend to cover up more than one would think and they do tend to dress more on the conservative side of things, usually wearing long trousers and shirts even when very hot. Foreigners can and do get away with more relaxed dress but when doing research in villages, it’s best not to offend.

What is the currency used in Cambodia?
US dollars are the common currency with smaller change given in the local currency, riel. The exchange rate is 4000R to 1 US Dollar.

How can I access cash?
There are ATMs in Siem Reap that accept international cards; cash, traveller’s checks and credit card cash advances are all possibilities. Many restaurants and supermarkets accept credit cards, but not American Express. Notes that are ripped or torn, or even taped, will not be accepted.

What kind of adapter do I need?
Electricity is 220-240 V, power cuts and surges are not uncommon. You may need a voltage converter. For most electric outlets, the two pronged plug can fit (three prong is more problematic). Laptop computers may be dual voltage; look at the a/c adaptor. Plug adapters and voltage converters can be purchased in Siem Reap. Electricity is expensive as well and you are cautioned to take care to turn off lights, computers and especially air conditioning units when not using them.

What kind of immunizations do I need?
Please look at the CDC Travel website (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/seasia.htm) for indications for immunizations and medications before traveling.

Can I make international calls?
Siem Reap is 11 hours ahead of EST, 14 hours ahead of PST, and 6 hours ahead of Paris, something to keep in mind when calling home. International calling is easiest and most convenient through the various internet cafes in town or through Skype.

Can I access the internet?
CKS has a fast wireless internet connection that you are free to use. Wireless internet connections can also be found for free all over town including: the Blue Pumpkin, the Warehouse, the Singing Tree and many other locations.

Can I send or receive mail?
Mail can be received at the Center for Khmer Studies using the following address: Your name, c/o Center for Khmer Studies, PO Box 9380 – Wat Damnak, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mail can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to arrive in Siem Reap. You can also send mail from this location.

Do I pay taxes on my fellowship?
US taxes will have to be paid on the fellowships for American students. CKS will furnish you with a 1099 at the end of the calendar year. Again, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. However, if you wish to get started with some reading, the History of Cambodia by David Chandler is a good place to start.

If you have any further questions please contact Tith Srey Pich, at juniorfellowships@khmerstudies.org