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

Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 13:50 WIB

Ph.D. Research Scholarship

2015/2016 Academic Year


Religion, Public Policy & Social Transformation

in Southeast Asia


International Applicants: March 31, 2015

Indonesian Applicants: June 19, 2015



ICRS invites applicants for one competitive Ph.D. Research Scholarship in Inter-Religious Studies with a research focus on Religion, Public Policy & Social Transformation in Southeast Asia. The Ph.D. Research Scholarship is part of the collaborative research project entitled “Religion, Public Policy & Social Transformation in Southeast Asia”, which is supported by the New York-based Henry Luce Foundation. The collaborative research project addresses three general themes:

  • Managing Religious Diversity: This theme examines the way the state and society manage religious diversity, and the variety of problems deriving from the political negotiations, which constantly strive to achieve social balance and sustainable support. It delves into issues such as religious pluralism and its interface with education and multiculturalism, the majority-minority divide, the politics of domination and ‘minoritization’ and the limits of tolerance. It also hopes to highlight the fundamental problem of the “common” and “public good” from the religious perspective. 
  • Religion, Identity and Gender: This theme deals with the intersection between religion and the politics of identity and gender. It specifically delves into the thorny and multifaceted problem of religion, solidarity, the need to belong and expressive politics. This theme will wrestle with how the state defines, and sets the course for identity and gender in Southeast Asia. It specially looks at identity-seeking movements and the restrictions imposed by state machinations, laws, regulations and public policies. The theme hopes to explore the changing role of women in politics and the contentious role of women religious leadership as well as their influence on religion and public life in general. 
  • Religion in the Public Sphere: This theme relates to religion and its porous boundaries and subsequently the inherent challenges they may pose. It is expected to answer the basic question of whether or not a ‘secular public sphere’ exists. It will examine further the church/mosque-state dichotomy, and examine how the ever expanding cyber culture has had an impact on traditional religions and their various forms and manifestations of rituals, religious thinking and practice. The theme anticipates policy-relevant thinking along the lines of globalization and the advent of transnational religious praxes within the context of Southeast Asian society, and how they directly impact the lives of people in the region. 

Scholarship Coverage

The full Ph.D. Research Scholarship program begins in September 2015 with a probation period of one academic semester. The Research Scholarship program covers the awardee’s tuition, monthly stipend and some funding for research travels. Throughout his or her studies, the awardee will work as a Research Scholar for the ICRS flagship collaborative research project entitled “Religion, Public Policy & Social Transformation in Southeast Asia,” which covers eight countries in Asia (i.e. Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar) and the United States of America. The Research Scholar is expected to assist in conducting research and work under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, who is a Core Doctoral Faculty of ICRS.


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 social and political sciences, international relations, public policy, religious studies, theology and other relevant disciplines
  • 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
  • Committed to finish the Ph.D. program

Application Procedure

Step 1: Pay a non-refundable application fee of IDR 750,000,00 for Indonesian Applicants or USD 100 for Foreign  Applicants through the following bank account:

Account Name: ICRS Yogya

Account Number: 200329695

Bank :  Bank BNI 46, Branch Universitas Gadjah Mada

            Jl. Persatuan No. 1 Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta


Step 2: Fill out ICRS Application Form, which is downloadable at or send a request through email: to get the Form.

Step 3: Complete the following documents:

  • Validated copies of official diplomas and academic transcripts from all institutions of higher education.  For their second degree (S2), applicants should have a grade point average (GPA or IPK) of at least 3.25.  In light of different grading standards of different institutions, we will consider applicants whose S2 GPA is 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale, however our target is to receive applicants with a GPA above 3.4;
  • 1-2 pages personal statement;
  • A no more than 4,000 word preliminary research proposal, including a clear rationale of your research project, methodology and objectives. The proposal should relate to the overall theme of the research project;
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from professors (dosen) who are qualified to evaluate your academic achievements and potential.  The letters must be on recommendation forms provided by ICRS and sent directly by the recommenders to ICRS office or through email:;
  • ICRS Financial Aid Form;
  • [Indonesian applicants only] A copy of accreditation certificate obtained by the former institution of higher education when the applicants received their Master diploma;
  •  [Indonesian applicants only] A copy of TPA certificate (Tes Potensi Akademik) from a certified center (Bappenas, Puspendik Litbang Diknas and UGM). The score should be at least 450, legalized by the issuing institution, and less than two years old;
  • An Institutional (ITP) or International TOEFL score of at least 525 from official language centers. The TOEFL score must be less than two years old.  TOEFL requirements may be substituted with equivalent scores from IELTS, TOEFL Internet-Based (IBT); TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) issued by language centers that are certified by the IIEF. Native English speakers and those who are considered “Native English Speakers” are not required to submit TOEFL scores. However, they are encouraged (not required) to submit recent scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a similar standardized test from their native country.
  • Evidence of competence in at least one of the relevant language(s) of their chosen research (eg. Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Pali, old Javanese, etc.) for applicants who intend to focus on textual research.  Applicants may petition to have another scriptural language included to fulfill this requirement.
  • A copy of health certificate issued by a doctor or hospital.

Step 4: Send two copies of the application forms along with all the supporting documents to the ICRS office, Lt. 3 Gedung Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM, Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta 55281. Applicants should email also all the documents in a pdf. format to Late applications will not be considered.

Further Information:

Maufur, M.A. (Ipung)

Program Manager

Religion, Public Policy & Social Transformation in Southeast Asia

ICRS –Henry Luce Foundation

Jalan Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta

Phone: +6274 562570 or +62-8564 7532 352




Hendrikus Paulus Kaunang, M.A. (Erik)

Academic Coordinator,

Ph.D. Program in Inter-Religious Studies

Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

Lt. 3, Gedung Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM

Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta

Telp/fax: +62 274 562 570