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Annual Report 2020-21


FY 2020/2021 saw significant changes for ISEAS while the pandemic raged around the world. The year also saw major political upheavals and natural disasters in several ASEAN member states and the region.

ISEAS’ work continued apace, with research and seminars conducted mainly on virtual platforms.  We not only kept up with developments but were productive throughout the year. An all-time annual record was achieved in the number of research publications produced. We also held a record number of webinars and online conferences which, aided by the wider outreach that the virtual format allows, attracted a record number of participants from more than 83 countries.

The year also saw the birth of several new initiatives, including the Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellowship, Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme and Fulcrum, a dedicated e-platform to showcase our snappy commentary pieces to international readers. 

ISEAS also received two ASEAN awards – The ASEAN Prize 2020 (awarded to ASEAN Studies Centre) and 1st runner up (Retrofitted Building Category), ASEAN Energy Awards 2020.

For more details on these and other information, please download our Annual Report in PDF.

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Media Release: 2021 edition of Climate Survey on Southeast Asia Released by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


The Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme released its second survey report on 16 September 2021.



Archaeology and Art History of Southeast Asia Programme




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.



ISEAS in the News: “Two historic shipwrecks discovered in Singapore territorial waters, Maritime archaeological research ongoing”


16 June 2021 – National Heritage Board and ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute announced the discovery of two historic shipwrecks within Singapore Territorial Waters around Pedra Branca.



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 nurture the next generation of scholars and policymakers who seek to explore the nexus of big-power relations and its impact on Southeast Asia. The programme is open to pre- and postdoctoral candidates and mid-career policymakers. Visiting Fellows will be expected to conduct policy-relevant research in the following priority areas:

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

Download info sheet here.

Fellowships may be for a minimum of two months up to a period of six 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 (WGWVF) are required to contribute to ISEAS Perspective and Fulcrum publications in the areas of their research and give 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 welcomed 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 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 for the 2023 intake will be open from May to July 2022. 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
  • 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 PhD 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
Assistant Director, Development
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614


ISEAS in the News: “State of Southeast Asia Survey 2021 Report”


The State of Southeast Asia: 2021 Survey Report was officially launched on 10 February 2021.