MA Scholarships 2024 – Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia

The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai Univesity, is inviting applications for two scholarships to study in the Masters of Arts in Social Science (Development Studies) program, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, to commence study in June 2024.

The MA students will be funded as part of the Research Chair on Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia project – a partnership between the RCSD, Faculty of Social Sciences at Chiang Mai University (Thailand) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Canada). The project is funded by an IDRC grant for establishment of research chairs on forced displacement in the Global South. The overall objective of the research chairs based at universities in the Middle East and East Africa, Central and South America, and South and Southeast Asia, including the chair at the RCSD, is to contribute to the field of study on forced displacement from a Global South perspective. The project at the RCSD will study forced displacement in Southeast Asia, train the next generation of forced displacement scholars in the region, network and collaborate with other global IDRC research chairs, and help develop long-lasting solutions to the challenges of forced displacement.

Under the mentorship of the Research Chair on Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia, and faculties at the Faculty of Social Sciences, successful scholarship applicants will study and produce new empirical knowledge on forced displacement in Southeast Asia. Topics that may be studied by the applicants include but are not limited to trends and situations of forced displacement in the region whose general causes are conflict, development, or climate change and disasters, or a mix of more than one of these causes. The successful MA students are expected to pursue their own research ideas for their theses, within the broad topic of forced displacement, with a focus on Southeast Asia. Alongside the MA theses, it is expected that the chosen students will also contribute to the Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia project as part-time research assistants through assisting the Research Chair in different capacity.


  • Bachelor degree
  • Certificate of English Proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)
  • Candidates should be from countries in Southeast Asia and fluent in one or more written and/or spoken languages in Southeast Asia that is or are relevant to their areas of interest and focus.
  • Previous qualitative field research experience and existing networks among communities that candidates will focus on will be assets.
  • Candidates should also submit a 2 page research proposal related to the Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia project, detailing:
    1. The outline of the research plan
    2. Previous research experiences or works
    3. Why you are interested to do this research?
    4. Why you are interested in the Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia project and should be awarded the scholarship?
    5. How you propose to carry out the study?

To apply: Interested applicants should apply to the MA program by 23 April 2024. For more information about the requirements, please contact Ms. Rungthiwa Hacker at