CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Asian Graduate Student Fellowship 2023 & 18th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies

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Call for Papers
December 14, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Southeast Asian History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Humanities, Social Sciences



The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from currently enrolled PhD graduate students and junior scholars who have graduated with a PhD degree within the past two years (from the date of PhD conferral), whose research is focused on Southeast Asia, for the annual fellowship and forum:




The fellowship program is open to graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences, as well as junior scholars who graduated from a PhD program within two years from the date of PhD conferral, and whose research focuses on Southeast Asia, a region defined for inclusion in this program as ASEAN member countries plus East Timor. This opportunity will allow the recipients to connect with NUS in a hybrid format, including a virtual fellowship for a period of five weeks, and an in-person fellowship during the Singapore Graduate Forum for a period of five days. Selected participants in the AGSF will also undergo an intensive six-week program of independent research, training in academic writing, mentorship meetings, skills-based training sessions and an opportunity for an academic conference presentation.

Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:

1.    Access to library and computer resources in NUS
You can look forward to excellent library access to e-resources at NUS’ main library (, that has 2 million volumes covering all topics.
2.    An appointed mentor/advisor on your research topic
3.    Automatic inclusion in an intensive English academic writing workshop
4.    Exposure to seminars by various experts in the field
5.    An opportunity to present your research paper at the Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies to an audience of young international scholars and senior Southeast Asia specialists
6.    Accommodation in NUS for six days for the Singapore Graduate forum (19-23 June 2023)

English Academic Writing Workshop
Participants will take part in an intensive course on English academic writing, to be held online during the first three weeks of the fellowship. This program is specifically intended for students who want to improve their academic English because they either come from non-English speaking backgrounds or are looking for advanced strategies to make academic communication more effective.




This five-day forum, the eighteenth of an annual series of forums for PhD graduate students and early career scholars who have graduated with a PhD degree within the past two years, and whose research focuses on Southeast Asia, will be organised thematically and held at the Asia Research Institute on 19-23 June 2023. Themes of the forum broadly reflect the core research strengths of the Asia Research Institute, including the dynamics of Asian religions, politics, economy, gender, culture, language, migration, urbanism, science and technology, identities, population and social change. In addition to these large research cluster topics, we invite applicants to submit proposals about one or more of ARI’s cross-cutting priority themes: food, heritage and infrastructures.

The first two days of the forum will be dedicated to Skills Based Sessions during which senior scholars will address various professional development topics including:

•    How to get published in peer-reviewed journals
•    How to apply for international grants
•    How to flourish as an early career academic
•    How to effectively employ new research methodologies

During the final three days, participants will be given the opportunity to present their work in the Singapore Graduate Forum. Eligible students/scholars working on topics related to Southeast Asia are invited to submit abstracts based on research at an advanced stage (i.e. already completed data collection and analysis). If research plans were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are encouraged to submit proposals based on work in progress that critically reflects upon pandemic research modalities through methodological innovation. NUS students are also encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with students from other regions whose interests focus on Southeast Asia.



Successful candidates for the fellowship are expected to submit a draft of their papers by 26 April 2023. This paper will be shared with his/her local mentor in preparation for his/her interactions with her/him.

Those selected for both the fellowship and forum are required to send in a full-length paper (4,000-5,000 words) by 31 May 2023, and make a presentation on their work at the Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies on 19-23 June 2023.

Please note that the paper must be based on your own work, and only previously unpublished papers or those not already presented elsewhere can be accepted.


Please click HERE for the application form. Candidates are to submit their applications by 14 December 2022, and successful applicants will be notified by mid January 2023.


Contact Info: 

Ms Minghua TAY
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
Tel: (65) 6516 4224
Fax: (65) 6779 1428