ISEAS PhD Scholarship

ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute offers PhD scholarships for scholars of Singapore pursuing a doctorate in Economics, Political Science and International Relations and Sociology studies at reputable universities in Australia, Canada, USA, UK and Singapore.  Each scholarship award will cover tuition fees and research expenses at the top universities as well as allowances, return air passage and medical insurance.

Application for PhD Scholarship is now open from 1 April 2020 – 31 May 2020 (2 months) 


Candidates should:

  • Be Singapore citizens;
  • Be in possession of a good Master’s degree (or professional qualifications of equivalent standing) in a relevant subject
  • Have a consistently good academic record and
  • Be prepared to carry out applied and policy-related research with focus on Southeast Asia
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have already been accepted for admission into reputable universities

Terms of Award:

  • The scholarship is tenable at reputable universities overseas or in Singapore
  • Tuition and other compulsory fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Conference/Fieldwork allowance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Return air passage (if applicable)
  • Preliminary expenses
  • Successful candidates will serve a five-year bond with ISEAS following the completion of their studies


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, full CV, sample of academic writing, three letters of reference, educational certificates and transcripts, a research proposal including a statement on why it is important to ISEAS, and a passport-sized photograph. Please send applications to:

Head, Administration
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
Tel No: 67780955, Fax No: 67756264

Closing Date for application: 31 May 2020

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.