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Regional Outlook Forum 2021



Media Release: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute releases new climate survey results on Southeast Asia


Singapore, 17 December 2020 – A new climate survey on Southeast Asians’ attitudes and perceptions conducted by the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute revealed that respondents perceived the top climate impacts in the region to be: floods, loss of biodiversity and sea level rise, and look to national governments, individuals and businesses and industries to take responsibility for tackling climate change. Where climate measures were concerned, respondents felt that governments and businesses, not individuals, should bear most of the costs of taking measures to mitigate climate change.



Fulcrum: Putting the Spotlight on Southeast Asia


fulcrum /ˈfʊlkrə/, /ˈfʌlkrə/ ) ​(physics) the point on which a lever turns or is supported. ​[usually singular] the most important part of an activity or a situation.



ASEAN Studies Centre awarded ASEAN Prize 2020


The ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute has been awarded the prestigious ASEAN Prize 2020 by ASEAN.  Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in his capacity as ASEAN Chair, made the announcement and congratulated ASC during the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit.



Annual Report 2019/2020


Annual Report FY 2019/20

FY 2019/2020 has been an eventful year for ISEAS. 

Professor Chan Heng Chee took over the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees from Professor Wang Gungwu. 

ISEAS launched several new research initiatives including the Temasek History Research Centre with funding support from Temasek Foundation. The Centre researches into Singapore’s pre-modern history, including its political, economic and socio-cultural links to the region. We also initiated the Malaysia-In-Transition seminar series with Temasek Foundation, inviting prominent Malaysian leaders and politicians to share their perceptions on Malaysia’s political, economic and social developments. We signed an agreement with the Philippines Embassy in Singapore, which provided ISEAS with a small grant to support research on the Philippines.

A new collaboration with the Penang Institute to promote research on the shared cultural and urban heritage of Singapore and Malaysia was established. We also partnered MUIS to set-up the ISEAS-MUIS Masters Scholarship to promote academic research on the developments in Islam in the region and its effect on the local community.

During the year, ISEAS completed a year-long review of its roles and functions. This was an internal initiative to achieve greater focus and relevance in serving our policymakers, partners, academics and the public at large. The outcome of ISEAS’ year-long review and the transformational changes that Covid-19 pandemic has wrought on the region and the world will inexorably affect the focus in our research, how we view the region and its external relations, and the ways we deliver our research outcomes.

For more details on these and other achievements, please download the report in PDF here.

Click here to view our past annual reports.


ISEAS Mobile App – Now available on iOS and Android


ISEAS Events and Commentary at your fingertips.

Introducing the ISEAS Mobile App!

Gain access to cutting-edge work by some of the world’s best researchers on Southeast Asia. This App will allow you to be notified of all our events, register for them and keep track of your registrations for ISEAS events within the app. You can also read our Commentary pieces directly in the App. 

Now available on iOS and Android.  Download from your Apple or Play store now. Search “ISEAS” to find.


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