Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard

In July 2013, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation endowed a generous benefaction to Harvard University to establish the Jeffrey Cheah Funds for Southeast Asia Studies; the Jeffrey Cheah Professorship and the Jeffrey Cheah Visiting Professorship, both in perpetuity, and the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants.


This initiative is aimed at advancing teaching and support scholarly engagement on Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University and to enable two-way flow of scholars and researchers between Harvard University and the Sunway Education Group. It is also envisioned that the contribution will provide the impetus to strengthen Malaysia as a centre for educational and research excellence in the study of South-East Asia as a growing influence in the global community.


The Travel Grants specifically, serve the objective to enable members of the Harvard community to travel to Southeast Asia (with Malaysia as the priority) for research and study; and likewise, for scholars and practitioners on Southeast Asia studies to travel to Harvard to present lectures and conduct research.


For travel to Harvard from Malaysia (Sunway Education Group):




  • Continuing staff with at least one year of service from the Sunway Education Group institutions
  • Enrolled, full-time students from the Sunway Education Group institutions


Scope of award


Return economy class airfare to the United States and stipend to cover basic living expenses.


Application processes


Applicants to submit the following to Lee Chooi Yee (, Senior Executive – Administration, Jeffrey Cheah Institute:


  • Completed application form (in pdf format);
  • A curriculum vitae including, where applicable, a summary of educational and academic backgrounds, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations and other details like interest, special projects that you have led/participated in, as well as any unusual activities or achievements.
  • Letter of Recommendation
Selection criteria


  • Academic quality of the proposal;
  • Alignment of research/projects/studies with the objectives of the grant;
  • Expected outcomes of travel


Closing dates


  • April 30 for travel period between September – mid December
  • September 30 for travel period between end January – May


Contact person


Lee Chooi Yee
Senior Executive – Administration,
Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia


Tel No: 03-7491 8622 (ext: 7520)


For Travel to Malaysia (Sunway Education Group) from Harvard:
Please apply via CARAT at