ENCOMPASS programme starts September 1, 2006

ENCOMPASS is the successor of the TANAP Research Programme.

he Department of History of Leiden University will start the new Encompass Masters & M.Phil. Programme in History on September 1, 2006. Encompass (Encountering a Common Past in Asia) is a multilateral Cultural Study Programme to enhance the understanding of the mutual heritage of Asia and Europe. It will be carried out in close cooperation with the National Archives at The Hague, and several partner universities in Asia, in particular in Indonesia.

The Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science has provided the Encompass project with sufficient funds to provide for 60 scholarships for a 2-years Masters programme, and 25 scholarships for an additional 1-year M.Phil. programme. Encompass aims to recruit five groups of 12 to 20 students for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In each year 12 scholarship will be available for students from Asia, in particular from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Japan. The Encompass Scholarships will fully cover the tuition cost and the cost of living in the Netherlands.

The first year of the Encompass Masters Programme concerns a ‘conversion year’, including four courses of intensive training in the Dutch language. It will start in August/September 2006 with a one-month intensive Dutch language course, to be followed by semi-intensive language courses and by history courses until July 2007. After the summer of 2007 a selected group of students will also start with a course on Old-Dutch manuscript reading. Additional courses will provide the students with the basic knowledge necessary for carrying out historical research in Dutch-language archives on Asian history between 1600 and 1960, for instance the VOC-archives. The first group of students will receive a Leiden University MA Degree in History in the summer of 2008.

In the middle of the second year a carefully selected group of students the join the Leiden University M.Phil. Programme in History. These students will prepare M.Phil./PhD. thesis proposals under intensive personal guidance of a both a European and Asian professor in the field. The Department of History is raising funds for an Encompass Ph.D. programme centred on the theme ‘Changes of Regime in Asia, 1600-1960’. If funded, the programme starts in 2009, providing for PhD Scholarships which will enable Asian scholars to obtain a Leiden University PhD-degree in History.

All partners in the programme are invited to propose their best candidates, and hold a pre-selection at their Department of History. The selected students are requested to contact the programme staff directly by e-mail, in order to receive an application form. The final and formal admission of candidates will be made by the Leiden University Department of History and a special Encompass Scholarship Committee. The committee will decide on the basis of a) the advice of the Registrar on the validity of the degree of the candidate; b) the advice of the Encompass partner university; c) the personal application by the candidate-student.

The deadline for the advices plus applications for the academic year 2006/2007 is February 1, 2006.

For more information, please contact dr. H.E. Niemeijer: email:

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