Career Opportunities

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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Current Opportunities

  1. Visiting Fellows, Malaysia Studies Programme
  2. Coordinator & Senior Fellow, Thailand and Myanmar Studies Programmes (2-years)
  3. Fellow/Senior Fellow, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme

Visiting Fellows, Malaysia Studies Programme (2 to 12 months)

Projects:

  1. The Structure of Political Parties in Malaysia

Malaysia has very strong political parties, many of which have been part of the country’s political scene for decades. This project will study the structure of a subset of Malaysia’s main political parties to set out the party hierarchy, mechanisms for choosing leaders, and relationship between apex organizations and state, parliamentary, and branch leaders. This focus will shed light on how internal dynamics can also influence the trajectory and sustainability of political parties in Malaysia.

  1. Political developments in Sabah

Once a heartland for Barisan Nasional and UMNO, Sabah has become an increasingly disputed state. Indeed, in contrast to Sarawak, which is more solidly controlled by a state-based coalition, the context in Sabah is more contested. The state has had two surprising transitions in the past four years. Peninsula-based and Sabah-based political parties are active in the state and, in a rare reversal of roles, one Sabah-based political party, Warisan, is looking to make inroads in West Malaysia. This project will study the key drivers for change in the state.

  1. Future of Malay-based Political Parties

Once the preserve of UMNO, peninsular Malaysia’s constituency rich Malay heartland is increasingly being disputed by a number of Malay-focused parties. This project will explore the emergence of more recent Malay-focused political parties, seeking to understand how they compete with the more established players in terms of issues, constituencies, age group, candidate selection, and narratives.

  1. Dynamics of Change in Malaysia

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.

  1. Post-Pandemic Policy Challenges

While Malaysia’s macroeconomic recovery appears to be underway, the pandemic exposed structural shortcomings and imposed new challenges, including the quest to be a high-wage economy, inadequacies of social protection, and disruptions to education. This occurs against a backdrop of rising government debt, and declining oil and gas revenues – prompting a search for new policy approaches.

Responsibilities:

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 Malaysia/Southeast Asia.
  • Where relevant, contribute to ISEAS’s collective research efforts.

Requirements:

  • 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 2023 calendar year.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.

Benefits:

  • An all-inclusive and fixed monthly stipend commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • A monthly housing subsidy (applicable to non-Singaporeans only).

Application:

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 positions@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading “Application for MSP Visiting Fellowship” and indicate the position that you are applying for in the email.

Closing date is 31 December 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


Coordinator & Senior Fellow, Thailand and Myanmar Studies Programmes (2-years)

Management Responsibilities

The Coordinator’s primary role is to ensure that TSP/MmSP attracts high quality Visiting fellows and produces timely and relevant research on Thailand and Myanmar. Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the budget and manpower planning for the TSP/MmSP
  • Develop and update rolling 3-year research workplan
  • Manage a group of researchers, including the completion of their deliverables

Research Responsibilities

The Coordinator will also conduct research on Thailand or Myanmar, covering either political, socio-economic development, or relations with the major powers, and their roles in ASEAN. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research and provide analysis in consultation with Director (Research)
  • Produce policy-relevant articles, including ISEAS publications such as Fulcrum and Perspective
  • Present research findings at public and private platforms such as seminars/webinars, lectures, closed-door briefings, among others
  • Manage or assist in ISEAS events such as curating speakers and moderating
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research efforts (media engagements; briefings to overseas visitors and delegations; and reports)
  • General editorial work and other tasks and duties related to ISEAS and TSP/MmSP

Requirements

  • PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Government or Public Policy, Southeast Asian Studies, Area Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or related disciplines, with at least 10 years of experience in a research centre, think tank, or academic institution
  • Non-PhD applicants with 10 years of relevant experience in government, the private sector, and think tanks may apply
  • Strong interdisciplinary work with good track record in research and publications
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English. Language proficiency in Thai or Burmese would be an advantage
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills

Fellowship Benefits

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

Application

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV, two reference letters.

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information on the respective programmes, visit Thailand Studies Programme and Myanmar Studies Programme.

Click here to apply. (Closing Date 27 October 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.)


Fellow/Senior Fellow, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme (2 Years)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia journal as Editor to ensure timely and high quality publications
  • Conduct research on key social issues and trends in Southeast Asia in consultation with RSCS Coordinator and Director (Research).
  • Contribute regularly to Fulcrum and Perspective pieces.

Applicants’ areas of interests may include at least one of the following:

  • Youth and civic engagement in Southeast Asia
  • Religion and religious management in Southeast Asia
  • China’s socio-cultural influence in Southeast Asia
  • Expertise in one or more Southeast Asian countries

Administrative and Editorial Responsibilities include:

  • Manage research projects and budgetary matters.
  • Manage or assist in ISEAS events such as moderating seminars and planning.
  • General editorial work and other tasks and duties related to ISEAS and RSCS.

Fellowship Benefits include:

  • A highly competitive monthly (all-inclusive) stipend commensurate with his/her rank and experience;
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country of the researcher and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only).

Requirements

  • PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science; Southeast Asian Studies, Chinese studies, Malay Studies, Development Studies or a related discipline
  • Clear policy-oriented perspectives on research issues
  • 3-5 years of experience in a research centre, think tank, or academic institution
  • Experience in journal editing will be preferred
  • Strong interdisciplinary work with good track record in research and publications
  • Strong communication and writing skills in English; candidates with knowledge of Southeast Asian languages will be given preference.
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills
  • Preference will be given to Singaporeans and permanent residents

Application

Applications should include a cover letter, a full CV, two reference letters, and a research proposal of not more than five pages (double spaced). The proposal should discuss the topic to be examined, plans for any fieldwork and duration, projected timeline of research, and output. The preferred period for the fellowship should also be indicated.

Remuneration and benefits depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Click here to apply. (Closing Date 12 October 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.)