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ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.

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Applications are invited for Visiting Fellowships under the Malaysia Studies Programme (MSP).

Visiting Fellow – The Peninsular Northeast (6-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse salient political trends in the Northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, encompassing Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis. Key emphases could include the track records and policy initiatives of state government administrations, intra-party relations between UMNO, PAS, and Bersatu, or local-level political dynamics in one or more of these states.

Visiting Fellow – The Impact of Youth on Politics (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the impact of the introduction of Undi-18 on electoral outcomes in Malaysia. This will include, but not be limited to pinpointing states and cities that will be affected by this, as well as implications for the traditional voter bases of the established political parties.

Visiting Fellow – Dynamics of Change in Malaysia (2-12 months)

Malaysia has undergone change of immense scope and fluidity since the pivotal May 2018 general election. The shifting landscapes of polity, society and economy raise questions about the roles, contributions and limitations of key institutions and agencies – notably, the branches of government, the media, and civil society.


Depending on the expertise of the candidate, he or she will be conducting one or two projects related to the themes listed above. In so doing, Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to ISEAS in the following ways:

  • Write for a range of research products for the Institute such as ISEAS Trends, ISEAS Perspectives, and ISEAS Commentaries.
  • Monitor economic, political and/or social trends in Indonesia/Southeast Asia.
  • Where relevant, contribute to ISEAS’s collective research efforts.


  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in an area of the humanities or social sciences (especially political science/government, economics, sociology, demography, or business studies). Alternatively, applicants with a Masters’ degree and commensurate experience in government, the private sector, think tanks or civil society organizations are also invited to apply.
  • Successful applicants are expected to start during the 2022 calendar year.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.


  • A highly competitive monthly (all-inclusive) stipend
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only)

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV, two reference letters, and a research plan (each plan should address the research question, methodology, timeline and expected output; 3 pages each, double-spaced). Applications focusing on an ongoing manuscript project will not be viewed favourably.

Please submit your application materials to with the subject heading “Application for MSP Visiting Fellowship” and indicate the position that you are applying for in the email. The closing date is 31 December 2021.