PEMSEA Archaeological Field School in Cambodia Summer 2023

The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) is calling for applications to the 2023 Field School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, tentatively scheduled from June 22-July 13, 2023. Students participating in the 3-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and creating and participating in public presentations; and through active involvement in public outreach activities.

The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the research goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations, the initial processing of artifacts, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on laboratory training will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.

The field school has been awarded funding by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Southeast Asia Initiative, complemented by funding from the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA International Institute. Eight (8) undergraduate students and four (4) graduate students will be selected through a competitive process. Costs of roundtrip airfare, field accommodation, meals, and ground travel for selected students will be covered by PEMSEA. Students are responsible for personal expenses.

PEMSEA is a partnership between the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the University of Washington Department of Anthropology.



  • This program is particularly suited to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the archaeology of colonialism, climate and environmental change, maritime trade, and community archaeology.
  • Students have the option to take credit-bearing courses through their respective institutions (i.e. directed research).
  • As a prerequisite of their application, students should complete or plan to complete a SEA-themed course at an institution of higher education.
  • We particularly welcome applications from traditionally underrepresented students and Southeast Asian heritage students.



The application consists of:

  • a complete online application submitted (Google account required) by January 30, 2023;
  • one-page or 500-word statement of purpose describing your academic and career goals and how the PEMSEA Field School will help you to achieve these goals submitted through the online application;
  • copies of unofficial transcripts;
  • contact information for one professional reference;
  • a sample of writing submitted through the online application.

Please check for a confirmation email from us once we have received your application.



Mailing list and inquiry contact:
Madeleine Yakal, PEMSEA Coordinator