Call for Applicants: Research Fellow

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 10:55 WIB


The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) is a consortium of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN) and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW), all of which are in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  ICRS is part of the Graduate School of UGM as a doctoral program in Inter-Religious Studies (IRS).  ICRS is both a research center and a Ph.D. program, which focuses on the impact of religions on societies in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and the world. 

ICRS is announcing a search for two Research Fellows, with the possibility of becoming Core Doctoral Faculty members within ICRS and UGM. 

A.  Research Fellow in Islamic Studies

We will prioritize candidates who have two or more of the following areas of expertise:

            1. Islam in the context of Indonesia and/or Southeast Asia

            2. Islamic mysticism/tasawuf

            3. Interpretation/tafsir Al Qur’an & Sunnah, related to contemporary issues.

            4. Syari’a, fiqh: Islamic law and social ethics

            5. History of Islamicate civilizations and relations with other religions.

            6. Islam and modern problems


B.  Research Fellow in Inter-Religious Studies

We will prioritize candidates who have two or more of the following areas of expertise:

            1.  Hinduism in Indonesia and/or Southeast Asia

            2.  Buddhism in Indonesia and/or Southeast Asia

            3.  Confucianism in Indonesia and/or Southeast Asia

            4.  Islam in Indonesia and/or Southeast Asia

            5.  Social scientific study of religions: especially sociology, anthropology and economics

            6.  Philosophy of religion


Primary Duties

            1.  Propose and carry out research projects in cooperation with the faculty of ICRS.

            2.  Participate in ICRS sponsored research and public education

            3.  Write grant proposals for projects in inter-religious studies in keeping with the   vision of ICRS.

            4.  Work in partnership with universities in various parts of the world in joint projects.

            5.  Teach doctoral seminars or classes.

            6.  Guide doctoral students in their research and writing.

          7.  Participate in ICRS faculty meetings, committees and other institution and community building activities.



            1.  Ph.D. or doctorate in the field of expertise.  We will also consider candidates who expect to finish their Ph.D. within the next year.

            2.  Research experience and publications.

            3.  Fluency in written and spoken English

            4.  Fluency in Indonesian or willingness to learn

            5.  Languages and/or research capabilities appropriate to your field of expertise

            6.  Willingness to work in a team and help build an academic community

         7.  ICRS is open to applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of nationality, religion, ethnicity, age or sex.  Priority will be given to well-qualified Indonesian applicants under the age of 45 years.

            8.  Commitment to the vision and mission of ICRS


Vision of ICRS:

To be an outstanding, excellent, internationally respected graduate program and research center in inter-religious studies.


Mission of ICRS:

·      To create an interdisciplinary, an inter-religious dialogue between scholars from different religious, academic and cultural backgrounds in the study of religion.

·      To educate Indonesian and international teachers, leaders and scholars of religion who are skilled in cross-disciplinary and inter-religious communication.

·      To produce outstanding research and publications that promote inter-religious understanding of the role of the religions in the world.

·      To promote international cooperation between universities and maintain international standards of academic excellence and fiscal responsibility.

·      To develop Indonesian resources that support national and international reconciliation, justice and peace.


Terms of Contract

1.  The successful candidate will be offered a two year contract with the possibility of renewal and promotion.

2.  This is a full time position.  The candidate may not accept significant responsibilities from any other institution during the period of contract without written permission from ICRS.

3.  If the candidate is already attached to another institution, there must be written permission from the institution for him or her to become a full time employee of ICRS for 2 years.

4.  The date of the start of both positions is open to negotiation.  However one position is targeted to begin in August 2017 and the other position to begin in August 2018.

5.  Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, subject to budget and other considerations.



1.  To apply for one of these positions, please send a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for one of the positions, along with a full Curriculum Vitae to the Faculty Search Committee by email: with a CC to

2.  Deadline:  cover letter and CV should be received by 1 June 2017.  In the cover letter, please indicate your research interests for the future, and the names and email addresses of at least two references who are qualified to evaluate your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate faculty member. 

3.  All candidates will be notified of whether or not they are shortlisted by 30 June 2017.



For more information please visit:  


                                                Call:  +62 274 562570 

or write to:

                                                Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun,


                                                Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies,

                                                Graduate School UGM

                                                Jl. Teknika Utara, Pogung,

                                                Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia