Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship in Contemporary Southeast Asia

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Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship on Southeast Asia

Advancing scholarship on contemporary Southeast Asia

Call for Applications

The 2023-24 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellowship is open for applications from September 1, 2022 through January 27, 2023. Please 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. 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.
I am grateful for the time I spent at Shorenstein APARC thanks to the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship. My stay was very pleasant and thoroughly productive. The best part was meeting new people and enjoying conversations with scholars at APARC and Stanford.
Antje Missbach
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Monash University and Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Southeast Asia, 2017-18

Application Process

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) 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.
  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.
Please send your application via email by January 27, 2023. Results will be announced by the middle of March 2023.
Applications should be sent simultaneously to both Stanford and NUS at these addresses: llee888@stanford.edu and nusstanfordsea@nus.edu.sg

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
Lee Kong Chian NUS-SU Initiative on Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Program
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Encina Hall E-301
Stanford University
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6055, USA
Telephone: (650) 725-2429
Fax: (650) 723 6530
Andrew Chang
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
Telephone: (65) 6601-2306
Fax: (65) 6773 6878
See also the fellowship website at NUS:  Applications – NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.
For questions and information related to international scholars at Stanford, please visit the website of Stanford's Bechtel International Center.



Meet Our LKC Fellows


Jacques Bertrand

2022-23 LKC NUS-Stanford Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia

Jacques Bertrand

2022-23 LKC NUS-Stanford Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia

Reza Idria

2022-23 LKC NUS-Stanford Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia

Reza Idria

2022-23 LKC NUS-Stanford Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia

Fellow Spotlight

Meet our 2022-23 LKC Fellows and learn about their research projects.

Meet Our Alumni


Enze Han
Current institution: University of Hong Kong
Read: Fellow spotlight article
Kate Imy
Current Institution: University of North Texas
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Rosalind Galt
Current Institution: King’s College London


Paul Schuler
Current Institution: University of Arizona 
Sophie Lemière
Current Institution: Center for Strategic and International Studies


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
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London


Tim Forsyth 
Janet Hoskins
Current Institution: University of Southern California


Graham Brown
Current Institution: University of Western Australia 
James Ockey
Current Institution: University of Canterbury



Huang Jianli
Current Institution: National University of Singapore


Jürgen Rüland
Current Institution: University of Freiburg



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