The Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Initiative on Southeast Asia, founded in 2007, establishes a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship on Southeast Asia to help advance scholarly and policy-relevant consideration of this region. The Fellowship provides an expert on Southeast Asia the opportunity to spend a period of up to a year writing and conducting research on or related to contemporary Southeast Asia. Each Fellow will divide his or her time as appropriate between residence at the National University of Singapore and at Stanford University. Fellows may expect to share their research findings in academic seminars and professional forums. Fellows may be of any nationality.  For details on application procedures, please refer to the latest call for applications.

In addition to encouraging high-quality research and publication, the Initiative hopes to identify and support the next generation of scholarly and policy leaders on Southeast Asia. In the long run, the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Initiative on Southeast Asia aspires to advance the use of scholarly and policy research and education to deepen international understanding of Southeast Asia and augment the well-being of Southeast Asians in that larger context, a matter very close to the heart of its benefactor.

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