Sumitro Fellows Program

USINDO 2017 Sumitro Fellows Program

The Sumitro Fellows program is currently in a pause pending clarification of resources for the program’s continuation.  We should know more by mid-2017.  Should further funding become available, we will issue a notice about that, as well as the new time frame for applications.  We suggest those who are making inquiries give us their names and emails, addressed to, so that we can inform them directly should the program resume in 2017, or in 2018.

The Sumitro Fellows Program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo,  Indonesia’s senior economist who passed away in 2001. An architect of Indonesia’s modern economy, Professor Sumitro headed the faculty of economics at the University of Indonesia, and was later a minister of trade and minister of state for research.

Professor Sumitro was also the driving force behind a 1950’s program of the Ford Foundation which sent Indonesian economists to the U.S. for advanced degrees. Many attended the University of California at Berkeley and the group came to be known as the “Berkeley Mafia” when its members assumed key cabinet posts in subsequent decades.

One Fellowship is available for United States citizens/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. Another fellowship is available for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-United States relationship.

Featured Sumitro Fellows:

2016| Alysson Akiko Oakley

Alysson Akiko Oakley is a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she focuses on comparative politics and the political economy of Southeast Asia. Her doctoral research includes clientelism as well as informal networks and institutions in Indonesia. She has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University since 2011, and since 2009 has authored reports on political and civil rights for five Southeast Asia countries for the annual publication Freedom in the World. Previously, she served as a senior adviser at the International Republican Institute and program director at the U.S.-Indonesia Society. She received a master’s degree in international relations from SAIS (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University (2003).

2016| Moch Faisal Karim

Moch Faisal Karim is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies (PaIS) at University of Warwick. His research interests include the role of emerging powers in global governance with a special focus on human rights, trade, and climate change governance as well as International Relations in the Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he worked as an expert staffer for Indonesia's House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a lecturer in International Relations at Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta.  From 2012-2013, he was one of ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership's Junior Fellows within the Center for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Rajaratnam School of International Studies (NTS-RSIS), at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore.  Faisal completed his master's degree at the University of Nottingham and his bachelor's degree in International Relations at University of Indonesia.  Faisal is currently an LPDP scholarship recipient at University of Warwick.

2015| Herliana

Herliana is a PhD candidate in the University of Washington,  School of Law with a Fulbright-DIKTI scholarship.  Her dissertation research focuses on the development of foreign investment law and investment treaty arbitration in Indonesia. Herliana earned a Master’s degree in Commercial Law from University of Melbourne, School of Law under Australian Development Scholarship and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Gadjah Mada University, with a Sumitomo Bank scholarship. She is currently a tenured lecturer at Gadjah Mada University, Faculty of Law.  Her teaching and research interests include: civil law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and arbitration.  She has done extensive research in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in Indonesia, Korea and Japan under various fellowship programs.  Herliana is currently an intern in the World Justice Project, Seattle office.

2015| Sebastian Dettman

Sebastian Dettman is a PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research interests include citizenship,  political participation, and citizen-state relationships in decentralized democracies. His dissertation project examines the role of citizen participation in public goods and infrastructure provision in contexts of socioeconomic inequality. He will spend a year conducting a multi-method research project on this topic in six cities across Indonesia. During the research he will be affiliated with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta as a visiting fellow. Sebastian has also worked as a researcher and consultant in Indonesia focusing on local politics and participation. Sebastian completed his Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and his BA in International/Intercultural Studies at Pitzer College.

2014| Ian Parker

Ian Parker is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California,  San Diego. He is interested in interactions between people and the environment, ethics and social development in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region. His dissertation investigates social aspects of natural resource management and eco-tourism in the biodiversity hotspot of the Raja Ampat islands of eastern Indonesia. He will spend a year conducting ethnographic fieldwork into parallels and differences between exogenous and local marine conservation practices, working in collaboration with the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (LIPI) and the State University of West Papua (UNIPA), with additional support from a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. Ian has consulted for the World Bank in Southeast Asia, and in 2009 coordinated USINDO’s summer studies language program. He has a C.Phil and MA in Anthropology from UC San Diego, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College.

2014| Feitty Pandjaitan

Feitty Pandjaitan obtained her LLM degree from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2014,  specializing in international trade law, economic and business, with a USAID scholarship PRESTASI (Program to Extend Scholarships and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impacts). Feitty is interested in international trade, business, investment, and corporate governance issues, and has conducted various work and research in these subjects. Her research project is about the U.S. - Indonesia trade dispute settlement from international trade law perspectives underscoring the legal cause and the settlement of this trade dispute. Prior to her LLM study, she studied law in Universitas Indonesia majoring in Law on Transnational Relations. Following her graduation, she worked as a corporate lawyer in a prominent Indonesian firm, in house counsel in a top-10 Indonesia group company, a researcher in a center for international law studies and as an assistant lecturer for international trade law. She is currently a fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law and member of Washington DC Young Trade Professional.

2013| Tonny Dian Effendi

Tonny Dian Effendi is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations,  Faculty of Social and Political Sciences,  University of Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia. His expertise are Diplomacy Studies and International Relations in East Asia. Director of his department since 2011, he is also Chairman of the Indonesian Association of International Relations (2012-2013). He was a participant of the Youth Leader Forum on Pacific Forum of Centre for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS) in 2012 and Visiting Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs in 2009-2010. Since 2010 he has published several books including: Japan’s Public Diplomacy: Growth and Challenges (2011), The Family Business Network of China, Japan and South Korea (2012), and The Sustainability of Communism in China: A Historic-Political Sociology Approach (2013). Tonny has a Master’s degree in Political Sociology from the University of Muhammadiyah Malang and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations Science from the University of Jember.

2013| Dominic Nardi

Dominic Nardi is a PhD student in the University of Michigan Political Science Department. He is interested in judicial politics in developing countries,  particularly in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar. His dissertation research focuses on how non-state actors influence judicial behavior. Dominic has published articles about judicial politics in Southeast Asia in both law journals and magazine editorials. In addition, he has worked as a consultant with legal organizations in Indonesia and the Philippines, including the Asia Foundation. He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sumitro Fellows Program 2016 Application

USINDO is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016 Sumitro Fellows Program. The Sumitro Fellows Program is a $10,000 travel/study grant for post-doctoral scholars, PhD candidates, senior academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field research. 
For the 2016 application period, USINDO will grant one to two fellowships to eligible candidates from the United States or Indonesia, with the following criteria:
• A United States citizen/permanent resident with an outstanding research project relating to improving understanding of the political economy of Indonesia
• An Indonesian citizen with an outstanding research project contributing to understanding or advancing the Indonesian-United States relationship.

The deadline for the 2016 Sumitro Fellowship is February 15, 2016.

Application Materials

All of the following must be completed and received on or before February 15, 2016 in order to be considered for the 2016 Sumitro Fellows Program:

• Application Form: Please submit a completed and signed application form.

• Field Research Abstract: Please provide a one to five page single-spaced abstract of your intended research.

• Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please submit a curriculum vitae (not to exceed 10 pages) or resume providing full citations of all publications, with the most recently published item listed first.

• Recommendation Letters: Two (2) recommendation letters are required. One recommendation letter must be from a dissertation advisor, senior faculty member, or other comparable advisor. Please advise your referees to send the recommendation letter directly to on or before February 15, 2016. Applicants have the responsibility of requesting and reminding their referees to directly send their recommendation letters by the required deadline.

• Waiver of Responsibility: Please submit a signed waiver of responsibility.

• Supplemental Information: In addition to the above information, the review committee will consider supplemental information such as writing samples, course syllabi, etc. Faculty members and lecturers are welcome to submit course syllabi that do not exceed five pages.

Eligibility Requirements

American applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be United States citizens or permanent residents in the United States with a specific project on Indonesia’s political economy. Applications outside the scope of economics or political economy will not be considered.

Indonesian Applicants for the Sumitro Fellowship must be Indonesian citizens with a specific project on any aspect of the Indonesian-U.S. bilateral relationship. Applications related to solely American topics, Indonesian topics, or to non-U.S./non-Asian themes will not be considered.

Language Proficiency: 

For American applicants: please note that though not compulsory, prior study of Bahasa Indonesia is helpful in conducting field research. American applicants should indicate on the application form if and at what level the language has been studied, both formally and informally.

For Indonesian applicants: Indonesian applicants must be capable of advanced study in English. Evidence of English fluency may be demonstrated by TOEFL scores. Indonesians who have graduated from a U.S. institution of higher learning, or from such institution in an English-speaking country, are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants/scholars who intend to publish their work in some form will be improving their applications.

Submission and Contact Information

The deadline for the 2016 Sumitro Fellowship is February 15, 2016. Please submit all application materials via email to and Incomplete applications and/or applications and recommendation letters received after the deadline will not be considered. Questions regarding the application or candidate eligibility, please send an email to and or call 202.232.1400.

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Information Sheet

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