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Lingling Wiyadharma Fellowship

The Lingling Wiyadharma Fellowship program offers the opportunity to three scholars to spend up to three months conducting research using the Southeast Asian and particularly the Indonesian special collections at Leiden University Libraries.

The Lingling Wiyadharma Fellow is expected to contribute to the activities of the Scaliger Institute and to give a public lecture. The fellow is also expected to publish the outcome and results of his or her research in a scholarly publication.

Fellows from ‘low- and middle-income’ (LMI) countries (according to OECD) receive €1,000 (travel expenses) and €1,500 per month. Fellows from other countries receive €1,500 per month. 

We especially invite Indonesian scholars to apply for the fellowship.

The deadline for submitting a research proposal is April 1st, 2024.

The couple Lingling Wiyadharma and Hans van der Valk

About the donor and the fund

Mr. Hans van der Valk, alumnus of Leiden University, founded the Lingling Wiyadharma Fund in memory of his wife Lingling Wiyadharma, whom he met in the early 1970s when he was a diplomat at the Dutch embassy in Jakarta.

The goal of the Lingling Wiyadharma Fund for Indonesian Studies is to promote and enhance the use of the Indonesian collections of the University Library. The fund was established at the beginning of 2022 at the Leiden University Fund and  provides financial support for preferably young scholars (PhD students, postdocs, junior scientists) at the Scaliger Institute.

Conditions Lingling Wiyadharma Fellowship

Applications for a Lingling Wiyadharma fellowship have to comply with a number of conditions:

• Fellows are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa to support a research trip in the Netherlands for the duration of the Fellowship.
• An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Applicants should indicate their preferred dates on the application form.
• All applications for a 2024 Fellowships are to be started and completed in the same year, except when a special agreement is made.
• It is the fellow's responsibility to find an accommodation for living (with the support of the Housing Department of the University) and to fund all the costs of the visit with the support of the funds awarded. Applicants should be aware that accommodation costs in Leiden may exceed the funds offered.
• Fellows are expected to conduct their research in Leiden University Libraries and/or The Scaliger Institute during the period of the Fellowship.
• The fellow will provide the Scaliger Institute with a written research report at the completion of the Fellowship.
• The fellow will provide Leiden University Libraries with a copy of every publication resulting from the research visit.

Applications must include the following information:

• A completed application form stating personal details, the name of the Fellowship, the title of the proposed research project, the preferred dates of the intended visit and the names and addresses of two academic referees;
• A proposal for research to be carried out in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library during the term of the Fellowship (1,200 words or fewer). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and how the study satisfies any particular aims of the award;
• The research proposal must specify the relation between the proposed research and the primary sources, which are to be researched and consulted in the Special Collections Department of the library;
• A list of manuscripts, editions of other items to be consulted in the library, supplied with shelf marks;
• A start and end date of the proposed research;
• A curriculum vitae;
• A list of relevant publications;
• Two letters of recommendation from the academic referees named in the application form. Applicants should ask the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship. The referees should be asked to send their letters directly to the Coordinator of the Fellowship Program, by 
e-mail or by post to the following address: K. van Ommen, Scaliger Institute, P.O. Box 9501, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands;
• Researchers who have yet to obtain their doctoral degree also need include a letter of recommendation from their supervisor(s)

Applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to start a Fellowship in the Netherlands, they must secure the appropriate visa and, once a proposal has been accepted, awarding of the Fellowship will be on the condition of fulfilling this requirement.

Evaluation Committee

The Lingling Wiyadharma Fellowship applications will be reviewed by a scholarly committee.

Application Form

Applicants for the Lingling Wiyadharma fellowship are required to fill out this application form (see aside) and send it to the coordinator of the Scaliger Institute, dr. K. van Ommen, Leiden University Library, P.O. Box 9501, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands.

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