Asian Graduate Student Fellowships 2018 (6 weeks In-residence)

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from citizens of Asian countries currently enrolled in a fulltime Master’s or PhD degree at a university in an Asian country (except Singapore) for consideration for the award of Asian Graduate Student Fellowships. Offered to graduate students working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Southeast Asian topics, the fellowship will allow the recipients to be based at NUS for an ‘in residence fellowship’ for a period of six (6) weeks. The aim of the fellowship is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Intensive English Academic Writing Course

A limited number of students may be selected to take part in a two-week long intensive course on English academic writing. This program is specifically intended for students who struggle with writing and/or communicating in academic English. You are asked to indicate in your application if you see a need for participating in this course. If you have already received training in this field or if you are a (near) native speaker you might not benefit from this course. Please note that those students who enroll in the English academic writing program will thus have two weeks less time to conduct research locally. It is therefore important that you consider carefully what is more important to you at this stage of your career.

Requirements & Expectations

The fellowship will commence on 18 June 2018, and scholars are expected to finish a paper of 8,000 words and make a presentation on their work at the “Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies” to be organized from 23 to 27 July 2018. You are advised to have a draft of your paper ready before commencing the program. This will allow you more time to conduct research and interact with researchers locally.

Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:

  1. A one-time allowance of SGD500.00
  2. A one-time round trip travel subsidy by the most economical and direct route (via budget airline if available) on a reimbursement basis upon being accepted for the fellowship.
  3. On-campus accommodation will be provided.
  4. Access to library and computer resources on campus. You can look forward to excellent library and internet computer facilities at NUS’ main library (, the library at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) ( and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library ( to facilitate your research for the dissertation. NUS’ main library has 2 million volumes covering all topics while ISEAS’ library has 200,000 on Southeast Asian topics, half of which are in Southeast Asian languages.
  5. Exposure to seminars by various experts in the field.
  6. A mentor/advisor will be appointed based on candidate’s research topic.
  7. The Training Employment Pass and Visa will be arranged for by ARI.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to e-mail:

  1. The Application Form
  2. A 2-page outline of your research proposal in English. The 2-page research proposal must include the following details:
    a) whether the data collection or fieldwork stage of the research has already been completed;
    b) how the fellowship will contribute to the research
    c) the types of sources to be consulted in Singapore
    d) proposed work plan during the fellowship.
  3. One letter of reference from your principal thesis supervisor must be sent confidentially to the same e-mail address by the deadline of 10 December 2017. Since this fellowship offers the opportunity to enroll in an English Academic Writing Course specifically targeted at graduate students who might benefit from this, make sure your referee addresses how and why you would benefit from such a programme. If your wish is to conduct research locally in Singapore please make sure your referee addresses the usefulness and feasibility of this.


  1. Eligible candidates must have completed their fieldwork by the time the Fellowship starts in June 2018.
  2. Basic proficiency of the English Language.

Please send the completed application documents to Mdm Kalaichelvi at by 10 December 2017. Referee must send their letters of reference in confidence to the same e-mail address.

Please indicate in your subject line, “Asian Graduate Student Fellowship 2018 (6 weeks)”. Only shortlisted or successful candidates will be notified.