The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Michigan is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center and one of the largest programs devoted to this region in the nation. CSEAS promotes a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia and its people, cultures, and histories. More than 40 Southeast Asia specialists teach and pursue research in our affiliated departments.
The center depends on donors to keep our programs robust. Our initiatives focus on protecting our language programs in perpetuity as well as maintaining the Javanese gamelan program at the university. Thank you for your support!
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Center for Southeast Asian Studies Strategic Fund
Unrestricted gifts to this fund permit the Center Director to respond to new needs and opportunities as they arise, allowing a flexibility to offerings and initiatives that keeps Center programming current.
Javanese Gamelan Endowment
Javanese Gamelan Endowment (731164)
Started with a generous $8,000 bequest from Rosannah Steinhoff, who with her husband Bill was a loyal member of the Gamelan in the 1980's, this endowment supports educational programs, annual concerts, and upkeep of the University of Michigan Gamelan Ensemble, as well as visits and residencies by expert Javanese musicians, dancers and puppeteers.
Language Endowments - Support the teaching of Southeast Asian languages at Michigan
These language endowments are used to support the teaching of Southeast Asian languages at Michigan, including the hiring and retention of our outstanding language lecturers and for student scholarships.
Indonesian Studies Initiative
Indonesian Studies Initiative (312227)
Indonesian Studies has long been a strength at the University of Michigan. Funds donated to the center's Indonesian Studies Initiative will support faculty and student research, and teaching and public programs on Indonesia at the university. If you are interested in endowing Indonesian Studies, please contact us.
Indonesian Alumni Student Support Fund
The Indonesian Alumni Student Support Fund was established in 2017 by U-M Alumni of Indonesia to support study abroad experiences for undergraduate and graduate students with merit studying Indonesian language, culture, or other related topics. Their goal is to raise $100,000 in five years toward the endowment, in order to receive $50,000 in matching funds from the Third Century Matching Initiative from the U-M President's Office.
SEA Studies Undergraduate Initiatives
Undergraduate Initiatives (309964)
Michigan's superb undergraduates have few opportunities to "discover" Southeast Asia on their own. These funds provide incentives for undergraduates to avail themselves fully of our excellent faculty and library and language resources, setting these students on course for a life-long interest in the region. We seek to fund:
- Undergraduate Language Scholarships encourage undergraduates to study one of our four languages - Filipino, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese - provide incentives to continue studying to the advanced level, and support summer language study.
- Undergraduate Experiential Fellowships in Southeast Asia, allowing faculty to lead undergraduate research experiences in Southeast Asia.
SEA Studies Graduate Support
Our graduates over the past 50 years have taught and founded programs of study in major universities across the United States and around the world. We continue to attract the very best young students interested in the region, and finding ways to adequately support their education is more critical now than ever before. We seek to fund:
- Named Scholarships for CSEAS MA students allow us to offer reliable support for students in a broad range of country and disciplinary fields, and to attract the very best students to Michigan.
- Endowed fund for graduate student research supports field study and internships in Southeast Asia and participation in professional conferences.
Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies
The creation of the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies at the University of Michigan was made possible with a $200,000 gift from Thai alumni Dr. Amnuay and Khunying Samonsri Viravan. This endowment serves to increase faculty, graduate and undergraduate student interest and involvement in Thailand and support Thai Studies at the Center and the University as a whole. Income from the endowment supports faculty research, teaching and curricular development about Thailand at the University, student opportunities for research and training, and outreach to schools, the community and business.
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Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Global Experience in Thai
This endowment supports students who engage in educational experience in Thailand.
Philippine Studies Endowment
Initiated by generous gifts from the Filipino community in Southeast Michigan, this endowment supports the continued study of the Philippines and Filipino languages and cultures at the University of Michigan. Income from the endowment will support faculty research, teaching and curricular development about the Philippines at the University, student opportunities for research and training, and outreach to schools, the community and business.