Published: Sept. 20, 2022

The Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia is accepting applications from now till 27 January 2023. Please find more information below or on the website.
About the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship on Southeast Asia
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 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. Although we do not expect the following guidelines for applicants to change, they could be altered depending on conditions related to a viral threat such as COVID-19.
Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford fellows spend three to 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 enriches and diversifies collegial feedback on the fellows’ research projects and facilitates intellectual exchange and networking on both sides of the Pacific.
Interested individuals with professional backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority.
Appointments will begin and end within the period from September 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024. In determining the overall length of the fellowship and the sequencing of residence at each campus, fellows’ preferences are taken into account.
Fellows will be based at NUS and Stanford consecutively in either order. Each fellowship covers two separate roundtrip economy-class airfares: one from the fellow’s country of residence to NUS (or to Stanford) and back to that country, the other from that country to Stanford (or to NUS) and back to that country. Exceptions to this rule are discouraged but may be considered depending on the circumstances. The fellowship also includes a stipend of US$ 7500 per month during the fellowship period.
Application Process
Applicants should submit the following six (6) items:
A project statement (not exceeding three pages) that addresses the candidate’s research project’s central analytic question(s) and argument(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 outcomes that the project is expected to achieve.
A detailed schedule of the proposed fellowship period including dates of anticipated residence at NUS and at Stanford.
A sample of published, English-language work by the candidate that is directly or indirectly related to the research project.
The candidate’s full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
Full contact information, including email addresses, for three (3) academic referees who should be able, if asked, to evaluate the proposal and the candidate.
Full contact information for the applicant including an email address.
Please send your application by email by January 27, 2023. Results will be announced by the middle of March 2023.
Applications should be sent simultaneously by email to both Stanford and NUS at these addresses: and