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Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship on Southeast Asia

Advancing scholarship on contemporary Southeast Asia

Call for Applications

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center invites applications for the 2019-20 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia. The application period begins Monday, October 15, 2018 and ends Friday, March 1, 2019. Scroll down for details about the application process.

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.
Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford fellows spend two to four months at NUS and two to four months at Stanford, 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$ 7500 per month during the fellowship period.
I am grateful for the three months I spent at Shorenstein APARC as a Lee Kong Chian Fellow. It was a thoroughly productive period and I enjoyed great conversations with Don Emmerson, my host, and other visiting fellows at the Center and at Stanford.
Antje Missbach
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Monash University and Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Southeast Asia, 2017-18

Application Process

Applications for the 2019-20 Lee Kong Chian Fellowship are accepted Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, March 1, 2019.
Applicants should submit the following six (6) items: 
  1. A 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 envisaged.
  2. A detailed schedule of the proposed fellowship period including dates of anticipated residence at NUS and at Stanford.
  3. A 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 March 1, 2019. Results will be announced by the end of April 2019.
Applications should be sent simultaneously to both Stanford and NUS at these addresses:
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 Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
Fax: (650) 650 723 6530
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
Fax: (65) 6773 6878
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its scholarly community. We welcome applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.



For questions about the Lee Kong Chian fellowship and the application process, please contact:
At Stanford
Lisa Lee at or (650) 725-2429.
Wai Thu Khin San Nwe at or (65) 6516-7035.
For questions and information related to international scholars at Stanford, please visit the website of Stanford's Bechtel International Center.



Meet Our Current Fellows


Sophie Lemière

Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2018-19

Sophie Lemière

Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2018-19
Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Paul Schuler

Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2018-19

Paul Schuler

Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2018-19
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy

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Sophie Lemière's article in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy explains the downfall of Malaysia’s ruling party.

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Meet Our Alumni

Our former fellows hold positions in leading institutions. Click the tabs on the left hand side to view their current affiliations.


Chin-hao Huang
Current Institution: Yale-NUS College
Antje Missbach
Current Institution: Monash University


Gerald Sim
Current Institution: Florida Atlantic University
David Timberman
Independent Scholar and International Development Consultant


Anne Booth
Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Current Institution: Kyoto University


Lee Jones


Tim Forsyth 
Janet Hoskins


Graham Brown
James Ockey
Current Institution: University of Canterbury


Huang Jianli


Jürgen Rüland
Current Institution: University of Freiburg


Robert Hefner
Current Institution: Boston University
Mark Thompson
Current Institution: City University of Hong Kong
Angie Tran