Application

2020-21 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia

Accepting applications until 1 April 2020

The Lee Kong Chian Fellowship is the core of the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Initiative on Southeast Asia, a joint effort established in 2007 by the National University of Singapore and Stanford University to raise the visibility, extent, and quality of research scholarship on contemporary Southeast Asia. The infrastructure for research pursued through the fellowship is provided by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS and the Southeast Asia Program in the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) at Stanford.

Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford fellows spend three or four months at Stanford and two to four months at NUS, writing and conducting research on, or related to, contemporary Southeast Asia. One or two candidates may be awarded fellowships each year. Fellows have opportunities to present their research and participate in seminars and workshops organized by relevant campus units. Exposure to the two universities and their scholars and resources enrich and diversify collegial feedback on the fellows' research projects and facilitate intellectual exchange and networking on both sides of the Pacific.

Interested individuals with backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority.

Appointments normally begin and end within the period from 1 June to 31 August the following year. In determining the overall length of the fellowship and the sequencing of residence at each campus, fellows' preferences are taken into account.

Each fellowship covers one roundtrip economy-class airfare from the fellow's country of residence to NUS (or Stanford), continuing on to Stanford (or NUS), and returning from Stanford (or NUS) to the fellow's country of residence, and includes a stipend of US$ 7,500 per month.

Applicants should submit the following six (6) items: 

  1. project statement (not exceeding three pages) that addresses the candidate’s research project’s central analytic question(s), explains its intellectual contribution to scholarship on Southeast Asia, and describes the writing and research envisaged during the fellowship. The statement should also clearly state the specific research outcomes that the project is expected to achieve.
  2. A detailed schedule of the proposed fellowship period including dates of anticipated residence at NUS and at Stanford.
  3. sample of published, English-language work by the candidate that is directly or indirectly related to the research project.
  4. The candidate’s full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  5. Full contact information, including email addresses, for three (3) academic referees who should be able, if asked, to evaluate the proposal and the candidate.
  6. Full contact information for the applicant including an email address.


Complete applications are due by 1 April 2020. Results will be announced by the middle of May 2020.


Applications should be sent simultaneously to both NUS and Stanford at these addresses:

NUS - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia, Research Division, Dean’s Office, FASS, National University of Singapore, The Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Block AS7, Level 6, Singapore 117570
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel: (65) 6516 7035; fax (65) 6773 6878
Website: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/research/nusstanfordsea/

Stanford - Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Encina Hall E-301, Stanford University, 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6055, USA
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel: (650) 725 2429; fax (650) 650 723 6530
Website: https://aparc.fsi.stanford.edu/education/fellowship-and-training-opportunities/nus-stanford-fellowship-southeast-asia

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Level 5 (Undergraduate) & Level 6 (Graduate)
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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