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ASEAN Graduate Fellowship




ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute invites outstanding Southeast Asian postdoctoral or eligible PhD candidates undertaking research on ASEAN and Southeast Asia to apply for the ASEAN Graduate Fellowship at the ASEAN Studies Centre.

This programme seeks to encourage and develop ASEAN Studies and contribute towards better regional understanding of the ASEAN Community. Successful applicants will receive access to ISEAS expertise and material resources, as well as an institutional home to tap into other Singapore-based resources.

ASEAN Graduate Fellows will receive institutional and funding support of between six (6) months to twelve (12) months depending on the fellowship duration.


  • The Fellowship is open to postdoctoral candidates who have recently completed their PhD or PhD candidates due to defend their thesis.
  • The Fellowship is open to Southeast Asian nationals.
  • Candidates’ PhD research topics must be related to at least one of the following themes and issues:
    • – ASEAN regional integration
    • – ASEAN’s external relations
    • – ASEAN norms, structure, processes and conventions
    • – ASEAN institutional development and governance
    • – ASEAN’s legal order
    • – ASEAN Community-Building
    • – Regional architecture (economic, political and security)
    • – Studies involving more than 2 ASEAN member states
    • – Comparative studies of ASEAN member states
  • Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English.


Fellows will be provided with a fixed monthly stipend and allowances for the duration of the Fellowship, as well as access to a workstation, computing and printing facilities, ISEAS Library and other ISEAS facilities. Non-Singapore citizens/Singapore Permanent Residents will be provided a return economy class airfare from selected regional airports to Singapore.

Expected Outputs and Publication Opportunities

ASEAN Graduate Fellows are required to convert their PhD thesis into publishable material (for example, journal articles or a book), deliver seminars based on their thesis during their tenure at ISEAS, and assist with an academic roundtable.


All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A one-chapter-long writing sample from your PhD thesis
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo an interview via teleconference, or by other means as established by ISEAS.

Please note that all application materials must be submitted in English. If any of these materials are not in English, an official English translation must be provided in addition to the original documents.

Applications should be submitted via Careers@Gov.

Alternatively, please email your application to asc@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading “ASEAN Graduate Fellowship 2020/2021 Application”.

Application Deadlines

All applications should be submitted by the deadline of 30 September 2020.

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

For more information, please contact us at asc@iseas.edu.sg.




ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) 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.

The institute offers on-going recruitment for the Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow programme, as well as adhoc opportunities for visiting fellowships on special projects.

For more details on the respective programmes and available opportunities, please refer to the link/s below.

ASEAN Graduate Fellowship
The Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme

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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 policymakers 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:

  1. Developments in US-China relations and their impact on Southeast Asia
  2. Asia Pacific Security issues i.e. South China Sea, China-ASEAN relations
  3. Progress and prospects of global/regional economic cooperation initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
  4. Rise of China and its impact on Southeast Asian communities
  5. Use of digital media and technology by countries to further their interests and influence perceptions in Southeast Asian countries

Download info sheet here.

For: Pre-and postdoctoral research fellows and mid-career policymakers

Duration: Minimum of 2 months, up to a period of 6 months. 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 are required to contribute to ISEAS Perspective and ISEAS Commentary publications in the priority areas of research and provide a presentation in an in-house seminar on their research findings for the duration of 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 a 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 the duration of your fellowship.

Successful applicants will enjoy access to office space, computer equipment and IT services, ISEAS Library, and all other facilities at ISEAS.

Proposals for partial/full cost-sharing will also be considered. 

Application Requirements

Applications are on-going, on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit:

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


This programme is intended for pre-and 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.

Apply Now

Applications should be submitted by email to development@iseas.edu.sg with the subject heading: Application for the Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellows Programme

Or mail to:

Alice Wu
Manager, Development
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614


ISEAS-MUIS Masters Scholarship


The ISEAS-MUIS Masters Scholarship was established with a grant from Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) to fund one Masters Scholarship a year for three years.  The scholarship seeks to deepen the pool of local scholars with the capacity and training to conduct rigorous academic research, in order to build up academic capability and research knowledge into the development of Islam in Southeast Asia and its long term effect on the Singapore Muslim community.

Application for Year 2020 scholarship is now closed.

Please check back again for Year 2021 application.


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 closed.  Please check back again for the next round of application. 


K S Sandhu Graduate Scholarship


The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute offers K.S. Sandhu Graduate Scholarships to pursue the master degree programme at a Singapore university. These scholarships are awarded in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, History, South-east Asian Studies, Political Science, International Relations or Economics.

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Tun Dato Sir Cheng Lock Tan MA Scholarship


The Tun Dato Sir Cheng-Lock Tan MA Scholarship supports local students with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies in Southeast Asian Studies, Political Science & International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Archaeology/Archaeological Science.

The Scholarship, funded by The Tun Dato Sir Cheng Lock Tan Trust Fund, is offered on an annual basis and administered by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Application for Year 2020 Scholarship is now closed. 

Please check back again for Year 2021 application.


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.

For career opportunities in ISEAS, please visit Careers@Gov.

For job application enquiries, please contact ISEAS HR at HR@iseas.edu.sg.

The Malaysia Studies Programme (MSP) at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute invites applications for the following Visiting Fellowships.

Visiting Fellow – Malay Politics (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will track and analyse key political dynamics among Malay voters including: new and evolving trends among Malay voters; internal dynamics within Malay-majority parties such as PKR, UMNO, PPBM, Amanah, and PAS; and the evolving relationship between UMNO, PAS and PPBM.

Visiting Fellow – Democratic Transitions (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the political transition underway in Malaysia, focussing on actual and planned reforms in areas such as: anti-corruption; parliament; elections and associated organizations and practices; the judiciary; and political party finance. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: the impact of the lowering of the voting age on the Malaysian political context; and the increasing role of coalition politics.

Visiting Fellow – State-Federal Relations (2-12 months)

State-federal relations are increasing in their complexity with administrations of different political coalitions in power at the centre and the regions. The Visiting Fellow will analyse the political context and/or economic development programmes in one or more states and their implications for federal-state relations.

Visiting Fellow – Industrial-Technological Transformation of the Malaysian Economy (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse Industrial-Technological transformation in a specific industry in the primary, secondary, or tertiary sector. Services, as well as the automotive and the oil and gas industries are of particular interest.

Visiting Fellow – Government-linked companies’ performance and governance (2-12 months)

GLCs occupy a large space in Malaysia’s economy; their market power, ownership structure and political roles are widely researched. GLC internal developments remain under-researched, including the GLC Transformation Programme 2005-2015. The Visiting Fellow will focus on GLC commercial performance, financial standing and governance practices.

Visiting Fellow – Malaysia’s green economy (2-12 months)

This Visiting Fellow will critically review Malaysia’s policies in sustainable development and green economy. The country has principally committed to these vital agendas, but the state of policy formulation and implementation warrant rigorous analysis.

Research projects are expected to focus on ongoing developments in Malaysia and draw on new data. Consequently, applications focusing on an ongoing manuscript project will not be viewed favourably.


  • 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 2021-2022 Financial Year, running from 1 April 2021 until 30 March 2022.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.


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.

Fellowship Benefits: 

  • An all-inclusive and fixed monthly stipend commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • A round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Singapore (applicable to non-Singaporeans only).

Please submit your application via Careers@Gov. Please indicate the position that you are applying in the Cover Letter. 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).

Closing date for applications – 31 December 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be notified




ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute offers the following scholarship programmes for students of Southeast Asian Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Archaeology/Archaeological Science and other relevant subjects.  The different programmes are:-

Masters Scholarship

PhD Scholarship

For all scholarship enquiries, please contact ISEAS HR at HR@iseas.edu.sg


Opportunities in ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


Career Opportunities