(Upcoming Event)

“Workshop on Field study and Data Analysis”

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We, MK32, are going to host the workshop on fieldwork study on 4 – 6 August 2015.
The venue is Dok Jaan 3 room, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University (UBU),
Tam Moon Association, Rasi Salai District of Si Sa Ket Province, Thailand.

The topics of the field survey are
  1. Roles of women in wetland management
  2. Roles of government and local authority in irrigation mananement
  3. Civil society and people organization in wetland recovery
  4. Traditional water management
  5. Local Livelihoods and change of wetland resources and utilization

Workshop objectives
  • For research fellows to develop research methods and apply them in the field work
  • For research fellows to adjust research methods
  • For research fellows to broaden perspectives on data analysis

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Workshop Agenda →

Field Work Site: Rasi Salai Dam and communities around the dam, Si Sa Ket Province, Thailand


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Workshop on Preparing Detailed Research Design [Hanoi, Vietnam]

Vietnam Academy of Water Resources Headquater, Hanoi.

20 to 22nd May, 2015



For millions of people across Southeast Asia, water resources are inextricably linked to local livelihoods and wellbeing, agricultural production and food security, and local economies. Water resources are also linked to large-scale development plans, including for irrigation and hydropower development. The Capacity Building and Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Mekong, Salween and Red river basins (MK31, 32 and 33) project will strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Red, Mekong and Salween river basins. A particular cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization. It also intends to build a learning community amongst these scholars and practitioners.

The project will achieve this through a 16-month mentored fellowship program for 12 research fellows from each river basin. Each research fellow will produce timely and needed research, and share their findings with government officials, researchers, civil society, community representatives and the private sector relevant to their particular research project including through producing a conference paper, a policy brief and two blogs, and joining a policy-relevant international conference or seminar. At least four research fellows’ projects from each river basin will focus principally on gender. The capacity of research fellows will also be strengthened through mentorship, as well as joining workshops for the fellows and “water governance curriculum” training organized by the consortium partners. Eight research fellows from each river basin will be invited to extend their fellowships to produce a book chapter or academic paper based on their research.

Workshop objectives

  • For research fellows and project staff to meet and get to know each other
  • For research fellows to refine research questions and objectives based on WLE’s concept
  • For research fellows to produce a detailed research design, based on the fellowship application
  • For research fellows to understand the administrative arrangements for the project, including narrative and financial reporting and relationship with mentor and buddy mentor

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The Application Announcement of MK32 Project

We were very glad to know that many people interested to be the part of the our fellowship program.

Now, MK32 Project have announced the name of 12 fellows from the selection of over 100 applicants.

The names are sorted by countries,

  1. Dr. Serey Sok (Cambodia)

  2. Ms. Suon Siny (Cambodia)

  3. Ms. Minitta Taosouvanh (Lao)

  4. Dr. Oulavanh Keovilignavong (Lao)

  5. Mr. Surasom Krisnachuta(Thailand)

  6. Dr. Soimart Rungmanee (Thailand)

  7. Ms. Jenny Lovell (United States of America)

  8. Dr. Nguyen Phuong Le (Vietnam)

  9. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai Ninh (Vietnam)

  10. Ms. Nguyen Thi Da Thao (Vietnam)

  11. Ms. Le Thi Huong Loan (Vietnam)

  12. Ms. Nhuyen Bich Ngoc (Vietnam)

Get to know more about 12 fellows of MK32 project. CLICK!


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Led by: Mekong Sub-region Social Research Centre (MSSRC), Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchthani University, Thailand
Project Leader: Kanokwan Manorom - kmanorom11@gmail.com

Special Announcement! MK32 is now accepting applications for fellows!

MK32 will be holding a fellowship information session at Naga House in Vientiane, Lao PDR on Monday, 4 May 2015 from 9am-12pm noon. Please RSVP to Stew Motta at stewart.motta@gmail.com to confirm your participation and request directions.

The deadline for submission is 22nd May 2015, 17:00 (ICT)

Download flyer here:

Download application form here:

Download application details here:

Submit your application and enquires to wle.mekongfellowship@gmail.com

Before submitting an enquiry, please review carefully the details below, including the Question and Answer section (based on submitted questions) at the bottom of the page. Please note, all enquiries and the responses provided will be shared on this webpage to ensure all applicants have access to the same information.

Background to the project

Within the Greater Mekong Region, riparian states are drawing up plans to use the Mekong mainstream as a source of hydropower, and decisions made in the next few years are likely to have significant and irreversible implications for the flow of the river and for the millions of livelihoods that depend on it. Water resources are inextricably linked to community livelihoods and well-being, agricultural production and food security, local and national economies, and various development initiatives that may involve a range of small- and large-scale water infrastructure. The magnitude of this dependence has been extensively identified by many researchers Water resources in the Mekong basin have undergone rapid changes since the battlefield has gradually been replaced by the marketplace from the mid 1980s. Transition in the Mekong basin is a complex and multifarious phenomenon, contingent on political-economic and ecological systems that have fostered particular aspects of development through hydropower development over the past 30 years. Many research attempts have tried to improve knowledge and understanding of both wider and local political-economic contexts of the Mekong basin development and its impacts on local livelihoods as the Mekong Basin population is primarily rural and the livelihood sources of the majority of them are related to different kinds of natural resource use. Thus, to strengthen governance and increase the likelihood of sustainable and fair decisions, there is considerable need to build knowledge and research capacity within the basin, and to support research networks capable of informing the rapid changes underway.

Introduction to Fellowship Program
  • 12 fellowships are available for young or mid-career university, civil society and government researchers in China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand to research the Mekong River Basin
  • Each research fellow is partnered with an experienced mentor for individual support, and will also join a series of workshops. You will produce timely and needed research, and share your findings through: producing a conference paper, a policy brief and blogs; writing a research report; and joining national and international conferences/ policy seminars
  • Research fellowships are of 16 months duration. Fellowships are on a part-time basis, starting in June 2015, with up to US$15,000 available per fellow for research costs and honorarium.
  • Research with a clear focus on gender is especially encouraged, with one third of projects to be supported on this topic; all projects must consider gender; the project is highly committed to support female researchers
  • Past M-POWER fellows are welcome to apply, if collaborating with another past or current fellow in a cross border research project (contact us for more details)

Research themes
  • Water Governance
  • Healthy Rivers
  • River Food Systems
  • Healthy Landscape and Ecosystems
  • Gender and Social Justice

Further details on the themes can be found here: http://wle-mekong.cgiar.org/about/our-focus/


This project is highly committed to fully incorporating gender considerations into the research that it supports, and to supporting female researchers:
  • At least 40% of the research fellows will be women
  • At least 4 out of the 12 fellowships awarded are committed to support the “gender and social justice” theme. For these research projects, gender will constitute the principle research question of the project
  • All research projects are expected to be gender sensitive, including at a minimum disaggregating data by gender.

Opportunities for research fellows

  • Capacity building and networking
    • Individual mentoring by an experienced practitioner
    • Each current fellow will also be paired with a past research fellow to build relationships across fellowship cohorts, and facilitate experience sharing and networking
    • 3 regional workshops on research design, fieldwork methodologies, and writing (2015-2016), joining research fellows from the Red and Mekong basins. The first workshop will be held on June 13 and 14 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Organizational capacity building
    • Water governance curriculum workshop (2017) for university researchers, government officials, and civil society
  • Policy engagement
    • Participate in three annual “WLE Mekong Forums on Water, Food and Energy”
    • Competitive funds available to join additional relevant conferences and policy forums

Eight research fellows will be invited to extend their fellowships to produce a book chapter or academic paper (late 2016-2017)

Fellowship application process

Potential fellows are invited to submit a short proposal in English, which includes:
  • Summary of objectives (100 words or less)
  • Rationale and background (200 words or less)
  • Chose one focus from the research themes
  • Research questions (no more than five)
  • Research methodology (300 words or less)
  • Expected outcomes (300 words)

Download the fellowship application form from the top of this page. Submit your application to wle.mekongfellowship@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is 22nd May 2015, 17:00 (ICT)

Applications will be reviewed by a committee formed of representatives of the consortium partners. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule a skype interview within one week of the close of the call.

The proposals will be evaluated according to:
  • Their relevance to the WLE themes, as explained in the “rationale and background”
  • The soundness and feasibility of the research design (research questions and objectives, method and study design, timeline, and budget)
  • The significance of the research, as detailed in the outcomes and relevance to the host organization and to other organizations
  • How gender is incorporated into the research design

For selected candidates, the first workshop that will focus on detailed research design will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 20 - 22 June, 2015.

Individual fellowship budgets

The total value of each individual fellowship is up to US$15,000.
  • Up to US$7,500 is offered as an honorarium for the researcher. The honorarium is paid in three installments: 40% on signing the contract (June 2015); 40% on submission of the interim report (January 2016); and 20% on submission of the final report (September 2016). If desired, the researcher is welcome to redistribute a portion of the honorarium to increase the amount available for research costs; overall, a 40% allocation (US$6000) of the total individual fellowship to the honorarium is encouraged.
  • Up to US$7,500 (or greater if the honorarium is redistributed) is provided to cover the cost of research, including all expenses to join the three training workshops and curriculum workshop. The research fees are paid in three installments: 50% on signing the contract (June 2016); 40% on submission of the interim report (January 2016); and 10% on joining the curriculum workshop (January-March 2017).

Total hardware (laptop computer, camera etc) is not permitted to be greater than US$800 of the research costs to be covered. The total cost allocated to joining the three workshops should be anticipated to be up to US$2,400.

In addition:
  • The project covers the cost for phase 1 research fellows to join the annual Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy in 2015 and 2016, and for phase 2 research fellows to also join in 2017.
  • Seven individual grants of up to US$1,200 are available for research fellows to join a relevant policy event. These grants will be competitively awarded to research fellows in addition to the main fellowship grant.

Each fellow is expected to work an average of at least 2.5 days per week on their research project. We welcome fellows who are working with an organization that is willing to permit the research fellow to undertake the fellowship program. A signed letter of support from your host institution endorsing the application and committing to the proposed research is required.

Fellowship program goal and anticipated outcomes

This project’s goal is to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Salween Basin. A particular cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization. It also intends to build a learning community amongst these scholars and practitioners, and link them with similar initiatives in the Ayeyarwady, Salween and Red River basins.

As a result of the project:
  • Early career researchers will have an enhanced ability and confidence to engage in reasoned analysis, critique and policy advocacy in pursuit of more equitable and sustainable modes of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Mekong Basin.
  • Policies in the fields of water, land and energy relevant to the specific research topic of research fellows will be more inclusive of, and responsive to, the concerns of hitherto marginalised groups.
  • A learning community will be established within and beyond centres of higher education in the region for research and training in the field of progressive use, management and governance of water, land and energy.

Cross-basin fellowship collaboration

The Mekong Fellowship program is partnered with parallel programs in the Nu-Thanlwin-Salween River basin and Red River basin.
  • Mekong Sub-region Social Research Centre, Ubon Ratchathani University (Mekong River Basin)
  • Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Nu-Thanlwin-Salween River Basin)
  • Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (Red River Basin)

Implementing consortium members

The following consortium members will support the project, including through mentoring individual fellows and providing trainings during the workshops:
  • Faculty of Development Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
  • GMS Centre, Yunnan University
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Mekong Research Group (AMRC), University of Sydney
  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (Australia)
  • Department of Geography, Ryerson University, (Canada)
  • Regional Centre for Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University
  • Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI)

Submit your application and all enquiries to:

Asst. Prof. Dr.Kanokwan Manorom

Mekong Sub-region Social Research Centre,
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University
Warinchamrab, Ubon Ratchathani 34190 THAILAND

Email: wle.mekongfellowship@gmail.co