Research Fellow in Malay World Studies !

28. 05. 2021

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to join its team as Research Fellow in Malay World Studies. We are seeking a candidate whose research concentrates on modern history and/or anthropology of the Malay World – Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malay-speaking areas of Indonesia and Southern Thailand, ideally with a focus on the cultural and sociopolitical change related to Islam. The duration of the position is three years, with a possibility of extension.


  • A Ph.D. degree in Malay-Indonesian or wider Southeast Asian Studies, History and/or Anthropology of Southeast Asia or other relevant fields
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Fluency in Malay/Indonesian and an ability to work with relevant sources in this language, knowledge of other Southeast Asian languages a plus


  • Produce high-quality academic publications
  • Actively participate in the Institute´s seminar, workshop and conference-related activities
  • Contribute to enhancing the Institute´s international networks and outreach

Salary and Benefits:

1400-1600 EUR/month depending on experience. Full health benefits, 5-weeks annual vacation, travel and research stipends, and support for professional development and further study.

 To Apply:

Please send a statement of interest (no more than 2 pages), C.V., and the names of 2 references to Tomas Petru ( Any inquiries related to the position may also be directed to Dr. Petru. Deadline: July 31, 2021


About the Oriental Institute:

The Oriental Institute ( is a public non-university research institution. The Institute currently employs approximately 30 researchers from across the Czech Republic, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Formally established in 1922, the Oriental Institute is one of the oldest institutions dedicated to the study of Oriental cultures in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1993, it has fallen administratively under the auspices of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), an umbrella research institution similar in function to its counterparts in continental Europe, such as the CNRS in France. The CAS was established in 1992 as the Czech successor to the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. It is set up as a complex of 54 public research institutions. The primary mission of the CAS and its institutes is to conduct basic research in a broad spectrum of the natural, technical and social sciences and the humanities. This research, whether highly specialized or interdisciplinary in nature, aims to advance developments in scientific knowledge at the international level, while also taking into account the specific needs of both Czech society and national culture. In a country such as the Czech Republic, where university departments dealing with Oriental studies tend to be small and understaffed, the structure of non-university research bodies with permanent research positions brings numerous benefits. Among other things, scholars are enabled to pursue their specializations according to the needs of relevant fields of study, aiming correspondingly at the highest levels of research quality. The framework of the Institute allows for a flexible and open-ended approach to research initiatives in Asia-related topics, creating, in effect, an ideal environment for interdisciplinary research. The research quality is guaranteed by the Council of the Institute, composed of both internal and external members, and regular – both Czech and international – peer-review evaluations. Currently, the work of our researchers is mainly focused on the Arab world, Iran, Israel, Turkey, India, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Japan, and the ancient Near East.