Click here to download the eligibility requirements (PDF).
Any participants who are interested in studying Khmer languge and culture
- A citizen or national, or a permanent resident of the United States; AND
- An undergraduate or graduate student in an institution of higher education; or
- A faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies*; or
- A teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or
- An educator or a professional; AND
- Have 2 years of Khmer language study.
An individual who is not eligible:
* Area studies means a program of comprehensive study of the aspects of a society or societies including the
study of geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations, languages.
- An individual who is educated native or near-educated native speaker.
ASK 2020 has been postponed to
2021. Details to be announced.
is February 28 , 2021.
Click here to download the application form (DOC).
- Submit a completed application form.
- Submit a personal statement* outlining academic and/or career goals, indicating how participation in the program will help in achieving those goals.
- Submit a one-page statement
in Khmer stating reasons for wishing
to participate in the abroad program and the benefits
Submit a brief statement on the topic of the final paper. This mini-research paper will be conducted during the study in Cambodia.
- Submit official transcripts of the most recent college and/or university training undertaken to date.
- Submit two letters of reference:
1 from individuals who can comment on academic ability and ability to adapt to Cambodia, and.
-- 1 from a current or former teacher of Khmer
who can comment on skill as a student of Khmer
- Submit copies of any Khmer proficiency assessments completed (if applicable).
- Submit a list of any family, relatives or friends who currently reside or work in Cambodia.
- If needed, applicants will be asked to participate in an oral interview in Khmer. The interview, which will be recorded and retained for future reference, will normally be conducted by telephone by a member of the Khmer Language Program faculty. Arrangements for the interview will be made after a preliminary review of all applications is completed.
preparing the Personal Statement, applicants who have lived and worked in Cambodia previously should discuss their experience there, and indicate how they plan to incorporate that experience in their future studies. Those with extensive prior study of Khmer and/or experience in Cambodia should indicate why additional training is now necessary. The selection committee gives careful attention to the Personal Statement. A full discussion of all points is essential for a successful application. One of the selection committee will contact you or your references.
addition to submitting the application form and the
documents discussed above, each applicant will be
required to participate in an oral interview in Khmer.
The interview, which will be recorded and retained for
future reference, will normally be conducted by
telephone by a member of the Khmer Language Program
faculty. Arrangements for the interview will be made
after a preliminary review of all applications is
Rights and Responsibilities of American participants
A person accepting a grant is not an official or
employee of the U.S./E.D. or other agency of the U.S.
Government, or of an agency of the government of
Program participants are responsible for
observing satisfactory academic and professional
standards and for maintaining a standard of
conduct and integrity which is in keeping with
the spirit and intent of the ASK Program
and which will contribute positively to the
promotion of mutual understanding between people
of the United States and Cambodia.
Program participants are expected to obey the laws
Program participants should be aware that their
public political statements or activities might
draw them into the political arena, which can be
incompatible with objectives of the project.
Participants are responsible for exercising
discretion and judgment in all of their actions.
Revocation or Termination of Project Participants
the regulations of the ASK Program, the Project Director may
terminate or send a participant home for any of the
Violation of United States or Cambodian law;
Acts likely to be offensive to Cambodia;
Failure to observe satisfactory academic or
Failure to devote full time to project
Engaging in income producing activities.
Repayment of Monies
Participants who return to the U.S. prior to the
completion of the project, whether they have been
terminated for cause or for other reasons, may be
required to repay all funds.
International Travel and Local Travel
Participant should arrive Phnom Penh, Cambodia
5 days prior to the program starts.
Participants will travel as a group during
the overseas phase of the program. At the end of
the overseas phase, participants can choose to stay in Cambodia, go to other desitinations or go back home.
Health and Accident Insurance
University of Hawaii requires that participants
be covered by
health and accident insurance plans that are
valid abroad as well as in this country. This
insurance should include Emergency Medical
Evaluation as well as Repatriation of Remains
Neither the Khmer Abroad Program nor the University
of Hawai‘i/the Intensive Abroad
Program assumes any responsibility for any
injury, accident, illness and loss of personal
property or other contingencies that may befall
project participants during or as result of
their stay abroad.
- Here are some resources for students who want to purchase health insurance or supplemental coverage (you can also search online for other insurance resources and get quotes from them):
information on availability of medical services
abroad and recommended shots (e.g., gamma globulin)
project director and participants should follow US
Embassy recommendations. Additional information on
recommended shots may be obtained by calling the
Center for Disease Control's International Travelers
Hotline at (404) 332-4559 or from the website
Passport and Visas
Participants are responsible for obtaining their
passports and the appropriate visas. The grant does
not provide funds for passport and visa expenses.
You can also visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia to apply for E-Visa.
Participant Information Required by the Intensive Abroad Program Prior to
Approximately five (5) weeks prior to the departure
to the country of study, the participants must
submit to the Project Director the following
Participant's name (as listed in passport)
Present employer (name of
Current phone number (up to departure date)