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Populations and Politics: The Demography of Thai Student Protests


Demographic factors are driving Thailand’s current political protests. They will be hard to quell without major political reforms.



Will China Establish Military Bases in Southeast Asia?


The US Department of Defense has asserted that Beijing has “likely considered” logistics and basing infrastructure in five Southeast Asian countries. It is worth noting that such arrangements are predicated on a host nation’s inclination to support such a presence. At the moment, such willingness appears to be in short supply, except in the case of Cambodia.



Covid-19 in Malaysia: New Economic Aid or Further Fallout


Under renewed political pressure, Malaysia’s prime minister tells the country a positive story of successful response and recovery from the public health and economic crisis. Unions and NGOs do not paint the same picture.



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