The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programme are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.


Submission of Application


Interested applicants should follow the instructions provided in this webpage regarding application to FASS Graduate Research Programmes.

Application for admission to the Programme is available via an online system as well as a hard copy application form. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application online. The online application system will be available on the application site during application period.

There is only one intake per year in Semester I which begins in August. The application period will be from 16 May (in the year preceding the intake) to 1 November (in the year preceding the intake).

A research proposal should be submitted along with the application’s supporting documents. The proposal must clearly identify the 2 Asian geographical or cultural areas the student wishes to study.


Applications received after 1 November will be considered for the next relevant intake.  Each application must be accompanied by an application fee which is not refundable:


  1. Application fee for online application is at $50.00 (inclusive of GST)
  2. Application fee for paper-based application is at $50.00 (inclusive of GST)

Outcome of applications will be made known by end May (in the same year as the intake). 



Research Proposal

The research proposal is an important part of the application. Keeping with the comparative approach of the CAS PhD programme, the proposal must clearly identify the 2 Asian geographical or cultural areas the student wishes to study, e.g. East Asia and Southeast Asia, or South Asia and Southeast Asia.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult his/her proposed supervisor before submitting their proposals.



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