Call for Applicants: ICRS-Ford Ph.D. Research Scholarship

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 14:52 WIB

Call for Applicants 

ICRS-Ford Ph.D. Research Scholarship

2014/2015 Academic Year 


Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace  


A.    Deadlines:

October 28, 2014 (00.00 WIB) –
December 15, 2014 (23.59 WIB)

Payment of Admission Fee at Bank BNI

October 28, 2014 (10.00 WIB)- December 16, 2014 (23.59 WIB)

Submission of Online Application Form  

October 28, 2014 - December 17, 2014

Submission of hard copy of Application Documents to ICRS (working hours)

November 03, 2014 – December 17, 2014

Document Verification by ICRS

November 03, 2014 – December 23, 2014

Validation by UGM Academic Directorate

January 19, 2015

Result Announcement at

February 09-13, 2015


February 16, 2015

Semester in-take


B.     Description:

The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) is a consortium of three universities: Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). This the only doctoral program in inter-religious studies based in a major, multi-religious national university and co-sponsored by Islamic and Christian universities. The primary strength of ICRS is the study of Indonesian religions, especially Islam. Indonesia includes the largest and most dynamic Muslim population in the world. ICRS also has strong resources for study of Indonesian Christianity and can facilitate research on Balinese Hinduism, Indonesian Buddhism, Indonesian Chinese religions and indigenous local religions. ICRS encourages comparative study with religious movements in other parts of the world.  

The Doctoral Program is in English and takes four years. Students may specialize in any academic field in which they are ICRS doctoral faculty qualified to guide them. Our strength lay in the social sciences, Islamic studies, Christian theology and Indonesian studies. ICRS includes faculty from many different disciplines related to (1) Cultural and historical studies of religions (i.e. anthropology, history, and literary studies); (2) Religion and contemporary issues, combining social sciences and ethics to study issues such as post-colonialism, globalization, justice, inter-religious dialogue, human rights, environment/ecology, religion and science, gender, democracy, civil society, community development, conflict, violence, and disaster recovery; and (3) Comparative interpretation of sacred texts, including different hermeneutical and exegetical (tafsir) methods for relating texts to public life. For more information, please go to our website at

During its first five years, ICRS established strong institutional and educational policies and built working partnerships with leading educational institutions in many countries, including Berkeley, Boston, Cape Town, Duke, Georgetown, Leiden, Monash, Oxford, Singapore, etc.  This has led to some excellent conferences and research projects.  For the next five years, ICRS will focus more attention on research.  There are many NGO’s in Indonesia, involved in activism for various causes of peace and justice.  However the interaction between activist NGOs and academic institutions is minimal.  ICRS believes that building a good society that is characterized by peace and justice, requires good research that is allied with grass roots activism.  ICRS is committed to research that feed and promote better public policy, justice, peace, which is oriented to social changes, rather than just “research? for science sake”.  Research normally has a descriptive, neutral aspect to map and describe reality, and provide base points from which we can measure change.  ICRS is also promoting action research which has a normative aspect, to show directions that can help build a just and peaceful society, especially from the perspective of victims or marginalized groups within the society.

ICRS now invites applicants for two competitive Ph.D. Research Scholarships (one for Indonesian national, one for international candidate) in Inter-Religious Studies with a research focus on Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace. The Ph.D. Research Scholarship is part of the project entitled “Foundations for Peace & Justice Through the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS/IRS)”, which is supported by the Ford Foundation.

C.    Scholarship Coverage: 

The full Ph.D. Research Scholarship program begins in February 2015 with a probation period of one academic semester. The Research Scholarship program covers the awardee’s tuition, monthly stipend and possible funding for research travels. If the awardee were an Indonesian national, he or she will be required to undergo a sandwich program for at least one semester in one of ICRS’ partner universities. Throughout his or her studies, the awardee will work as a Research Scholar for the research project entitled on Foundations for Peace & Justice through the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies.  The Research Scholar is expected to assist in conducting research and work under the direct supervision of the corresponding researcher, who is a Doctoral Faculty of ICRS.

D.    Requirements: 

To be considered, all applicants should fulfill the general requirements to enter a Ph.D. program in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). The awardee will be listed as a Ph.D. student in Inter-Religious Studies (S3 IRS) UGM and will receive a Ph.D. degree from the same university.  In addition to the general requirements, all applicants should:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in religion and conflict resolution, peace, cross-cultural studies, social and political sciences, international relations, public policy, religious studies, theology and other relevant disciplines;
  • Write one-page motivation letter why applying for the scholarship. 
  • Write a brief research proposal that relates to the overall theme of the research project;
  • Have an ITP TOEL score of at least 525 or its equivalent;   
  • Be able to work independently and under pressure;
  • Be able to fulfill research targets and objectives;
  • Proven track record of research;
  • Have superb writing skills;
  • Meet the procedure and submit all required supporting documents

E.     Application Procedure:  

Detailed application procedure and forms are available at or by request to Maufur (Ipung) through email at Late applicants will not be considered.