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National Library Board 2024 Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship in Singapore

The Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship programme is a six-month residential fellowship. The Fellow will undertake research on the collections of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library and the National Archives of Singapore. These materials include historical materials dating from the 16th century on Singapore and Southeast Asia and contemporary collection.

We welcome applications from curators, historians, academics or independent researchers with established records of achievement in their chosen fields of research. Those pursuing doctoral, postdoctoral or advanced research are also encouraged to apply.

Research Area

Preference will be given to the following fields of research for 2024:

  1. Critical inquiry on Singapore contemporary literature or theatre from the 1950s  
  2. Comparative study of early Singapore and/or Malaya from western and Asian scholarship and perspectives 
  3. Arts and culture in Singapore and Malaya from the early 20th century to independence – exploring the development of the visual, performing or literary arts amongst the general population, specific ethnic or under-represented communities  
  4. Study of World War II materials through donor’s materials such as Toshio Egawa’s collection, Lim Shao Bin’s collection.
  5. Social history of pre-independent Singapore (Malaya)
  6. Study of Chinese community through clan association materials such as Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan’s collection, Chin Kang Huay Kuan’s collection and Kim Mui Hoey Kuan’s collection 
  7. Natural history and Biodiversity 
  8. Development of economic sectors, professions and trades in Singapore within the context of historical global developments 
  9. Area history of places and spaces in Singapore 
  10. Study of the cultural heritage of Asia through the Asian Children’s Literature Collection

Aim and Benefits 

The award of the Fellowship is for a period of six months.

A stipend of S$3,500 per month will be provided to help Lee Kong Chian Research Fellows meet living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses.

In addition to the stipend, overseas Fellows will be provided with a one-time relocation package of $1,500, a one-time return airfare of up to $1500 (reimbursement basis), and monthly accommodation allowance of up to $3,500 (reimbursement basis).

All Fellows will also be provided with the following: 

  • A research space at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library including a computer with internet access
  • Access to the library's collections
  • Introduction to a library staff who can recommend resources from the collections

Requirements 

  • The Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship is open to both local and foreign applicants who are able to undertake prescribed research topics that raise awareness of our collections.
  • Successful applicants should have scholarly and research credentials or their equivalent.
  • The Library welcomes applications from curators, historians, academics or independent researchers with established records of achievement in their chosen fields of research.
  • Scholars pursuing doctoral, postdoctoral or advanced research are also encouraged to apply.
  • They should preferably have an established record of achievement in their chosen field of research and the potential to excel further.

Application Deadline

May 31, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to National Library Board Singapore on www.nlb.gov.sg to apply

Each application must include a completed application form

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the following address by 31 May 2024.

Attention to:

The Administrator
Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship
National Library Headquarters
National Library Board
100 Victoria Street, #14-01, Singapore 188064

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made known within 3 months of the closing date.

For more details visit: NLB website.

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