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The Asian Scholarship Foundation is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Its office address is at the 4th Floor, Vanissa Building, Chidlom, Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. It has affiliate offices in Beijing and New Delhi, and partner offices in Hanoi, Jakarta and Manila.

The Foundation was placed under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand on April 27, 2007.


ASF is funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Its office in Bangkok administers the ASIA Fellows Awards in the region with assistance from its affiliate and partner offices in Beijing, New Delhi, Manila, Hanoi, and Jakarta.

The ASF Board Management Committee (BMC) is composed of twelve educational and public leaders from the Northeast, South and Southeast Asia. The BMC selects the ASF fellows, oversees the program and makes policy decisions on behalf of the Board of Directors.


The principal goal of the ASIA Fellows Awards is to increase the overall awareness of intellectual resources in the countries of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia and to contribute to the growth of long-range capabilities for cross-regional knowledge sharing.  The ASIA Fellows Awards seek to develop regional expertise, establish a multilateral network of Asian specialists from many disciplines, professional fields and countries, stimulate interdisciplinary research and inter-societal comparison, and contribute to new developments within existing area studies communities. The awards offer opportunities for outstanding young and mid-career Asian scholars, and professionals to gain knowledge of the countries in the region in the fields of Arts, Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences, and an understanding of the contexts that shape global and regional issues through research. They enable the awardees to conduct research in a participating Asian country for six to nine months.


ASIA Fellows awardees are placed at top-ranking research universities and non-academic institutions such as museums, archives or think tanks. Fellows should identify preferred placements in host countries. They may engage in an organized field research in the host country. Fellows are strongly encouraged to undertake some language training in their host country as part of facilitating their research. They are also provided the opportunities to present guest lectures, or to conduct seminars and workshops at the invitation of the host institutions. 

All fellows are required to attend the Orientation Program in conjunction with the Tenth Annual Conference to be held in Bangkok in June 2010.  They are also required to start the award IMMEDIATELY after the orientation. At the end of the fellowship, fellows must submit to the ASF office in Bangkok evidence of the results of their research project in the form of publications, photos of artistic works, audio/ video productions, etc.