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Career Opportunities

Applications are invited for the following positions
(Only short-listed candidates will be notified) 

 1. Intern (Research) 

Through the student internship, you can expect to gain practical research skills with the supervision and mentorship of experienced colleagues and senior management, as well as the invaluable experience of working in a dynamic research institute. If you are inspired to take up new challenges and keen to be exposed to different research projects across the Institute, apply for a highly selective internship role at ISEAS.

Apply an internship with us if you are:

  • Available for a period of 4 to 8 weeks during your summer/winter vacation break or school term break, between May and August
  • Strong communication, leadership and inter-personal skills
  • Highly interested in ISEAS Research Projects
  • Keen to know more about ISEAS and consider joining ISEAS upon graduation

Project Description

1. Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme (RSCS)

  • Provide research support to the Institute’s RCSC and its researchers. Specifically, the project “Muslim Trendsetters in Muslim Southeast Asia: Comparing Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore” examines key religious and political elites that have great influence and following among the masses in the three countries, and the impact of their ideas for the community’s progress and integration into society.
  • Undertake analytical and/or quantitative policy-relevant research such as:
    • Literature review
    • Data research on social media of key trendsetters in Malay world
    • Secondary research materials of newspapers and magazines
    • Assist Principal Investigator in conducting face-to-face interviews 
  • Interns should possess the following requirements:
    • Undergraduates: 3rd year-4th year: Preferably majoring in Malay Studies/SEA studies/Political Science/Sociology. Students writing Honours Thesis and Independent Study module would also be considered.
    • Understand Malay politics and Islamic issues
    • Well-versed in current affairs
    • Ability to read and write well in English

 2. Archaeology Unit (AU)

  • After receiving appropriate training, AU interns will be expected to participate in the following tasks:
    • Artefact processing – washing, sorting, and labelling of artefacts from the 12th century onwards;
    • Desalination of maritime artefacts
    • Assist in AU’s Archaeology Programme for Schools
    • Artefact illustration (only if interns possess requisite skills) 
  • Interns need not possess prior archaeological knowledge or experience. However, they will be expected to be hardworking, reliable, and willing to learn.

 3. ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC)

  • Assists in the production of the Centre’s publications, including ASEANFocus
  • Assists in the organisation and management of conferences, workshops and seminars including emceeing and note-taking as and when required
  • Maintains and expands the Centre’s mailing lists and facilitates the dissemination of its research outputs
  • Maintains ASC website and social media accounts including editing and content management
  • Undertakes individual research projects under the guidance of ASC Lead Researchers

 4. Regional Economic Studies Programme (RES)

  • Assist in the editorial management of RES’s Economics Working Paper series and the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Contribute to ISEAS collective research and public outreach efforts

Additional Requirements for all interns:

  • Possess competencies such as learning and adaptive mindset, trans-disciplinary thinking, social intelligence, technology & new media literacy, and be proficient with data analysis and design & behavioural insights
  • Good with research and hands-on work
  • Interest in visual design, video production and technology applications are pluses for consideration
  • Background in research is preferred, but we are open to consider students of any course work with relevant skills for the role

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain first-hand experience in understanding the business of research/archaeology (including deepening understanding of Singapore’s past) and learn practical/technical skills
  • Seize opportunities for academic research and exposure in different research functions
  • Understand sound and sustainable project proposals for implementation
  • Identify interest of work within ISEAS, and consider to join the organisation upon graduation

Interested applicants are requested to send their applications with a CV stating qualifications, experience and supporting documents through www.careers.gov.sg by 27 March 2019



Regional Social and Cultural Studies

The Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS) programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) is now accepting short-term Visiting Fellowship applications from scholars who wish to pursue the following areas:

1. Visiting Fellow, Media Technology and Society

The Visiting Fellow will study the social impact and consequences of the disruptive power of digital technologies in Southeast Asian societies. Issues may include the ways the digital revolution has democratised access to information; its potential to mobilise collective actions and behaviours; and governments’ responses to this. Ethnographic and/or comparative analyses across Southeast Asia will be preferred. 

2. Visiting Fellow, Ageing and Demographic Change

The Visiting Fellow will study the realities and implications of demographic changes in the region.  Issues include the impact of ageing on the family and social relationships; socio-economic factors for demographic trends; the consequences on social support, health, and intergenerational exchanges. The research should be data-driven and empirically based, with clear analysis of demographic change at the local, national and/or regional levels in Southeast Asia.

3. Visiting Fellow, China and Mainland Southeast Asia

The Visiting Fellow will study the social and cultural impact of Chinese capital and labour flows into the villages, towns, and cities of Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and/or Laos. This theme studies the effects of Chinese capital and labour flows on national sovereignty, local communities, and cultural identities, as well as local responses to these flows. Ethnographic and/or comparative analyses across Southeast Asia will be preferred. 

The Visiting Fellowships will be for 6 months, with a possibility for extension.


Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Write ISEAS Perspective (2500 words); ISEAS Commentary (800 words); and/or Trends in Southeast Asia (6000-8000 words);
  • Deliver one public seminar in ISEAS;
  • Contribute to RSCS activities (briefing engagements; research reviews).

Fellowship Benefits

Successful applicants will receive:

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


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.

Please submit your applications which include your CV, research proposal, reference letters and expected remuneration via Careers@Gov (https://www.careers.gov.sg/).  The closing date of applications is 1 April 2019. 



Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide research support to the project entitled Algorithmic Pricing and Market Competition: Implications for Competition Law and Policy.
  • With general support to Principal investigator, undertake analytical and/or quantitative literature and field-research
  • Provide editorial assistance to the research team in a range of outlets, in the form of e-publications, book chapters, journal articles, and book manuscripts.
  • Assist in carrying out fieldwork involving market surveys.
  • Assist in the organization and management of conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.
  • Contribute to the research team’s collective research and public outreach efforts.


  • University degree in Economics (preferred), Business Administration, Statistics, or other relevant Social Science discipline.
  • Good analytical and quantitative skills with an aptitude for policy research.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of Stata and some programming experience (Mathematica, Python etc.) would be an advantage.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work under tight schedule

A remuneration package commensurate with experience and ability will be provided.

Interested applicants are requested to send their applications with a CV stating qualifications, experience and supporting documents through www.careers.gov.sg by 19 April 2019.