Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme

The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme honours Professor Wang Gungwu, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) for his distinguished tenure of 17 years and for his key contributions in nurturing a strong culture of research excellence at ISEAS.

The programme aims to build the next generation of scholars and policy makers exploring the nexus of big-power relations and its impact on Southeast Asia, through policy relevant and contemporary research on international politics and security, regional economics and digital technology, in the following priority areas of research:

  • Developments in US-China relations and their impact on Southeast Asia
  • Asia Pacific security issues (e.g. South China Sea, China-ASEAN relations)
  • Progress and prospects of global/regional economic cooperation initiatives
    (e.g. Belt and Road Initiative and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership)
  • Rise of China and its impact on Southeast Asian communities
  • Use of digital media and technology by countries to further their interests and influence perceptions in Southeast Asian countries

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Fellowships may be for a minimum of two (2) months, up to a period of six (6) months, subject to approval by ISEAS. Successful applicants are expected to be in residence at ISEAS for the duration of their fellowship.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows (WGWVF) are required to contribute to ISEAS Perspective and Fulcrum publications in the areas of their research and speak at an in-house seminar on their research findings during their fellowship at ISEAS. As WGWVF, researchers will be part of a network of regional scholars and are welcome to contribute to ISEAS after their fellowship.

Stipend and Benefits

  • The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme offers successful applicants a fixed monthly stipend (inclusive of a housing subsidy) for the duration of their fellowship at ISEAS and round-trip economy airfare between their home base and Singapore.
  • As a Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow, you will be invited to a meeting with Professor Wang Gungwu during your fellowship.
  • Successful applicants will enjoy access to office space, computer equipment and IT services, ISEAS Library and other facilities at ISEAS, where appropriate.
  • Proposals for partial/full cost-sharing will also be considered.


The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme is intended for post-doctoral research fellows and mid-career policymakers.

For mid-career policymakers, we welcome applicants who may not have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, provided that their CV/Resume can ascertain an appropriate level of professional experience and research interest.

Application Requirements

Application period for the 2025 intake: 6 May – 2 August 2024.

Applicants must submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Research Statement (3 pages, double-spaced) addressing:
    1. Area of research, research methodology, timeline, and expected outputs
    2. Duration of fellowship in residence at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Proposal for partial/full cost-sharing (if applicable)

Apply Now

1. All applications must be received no later than Friday 02 August 2024.

2. Submit the application via email to: with subject:
Application for ISEAS Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme 2025 – [First Name and Last Name]

3. The two referees should provide the Letters of Reference via email to: with subject: Application for ISEAS Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme 2025 – [Reference Letter for First Name and Last Name]

For enquiries on this programme, please contact:

Mr Malcolm Yiong
Assistant Director, Development
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614