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Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship

The Lee Kong Chian (LKC) Research Fellowship aims to facilitate new research and publishing about Singapore and Southeast Asian culture, economy and heritage. This will enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library of Singapore.

We welcome talented scholars and researchers to use our resources and services, and to collaborate with us on joint research projects to create new knowledge.

Research Area

Preference is given to the following fields of research for 2016:

  • Singapore's role in early printing - Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English publications including works of the Mission Press, private publishers, government printing offices, etc.
  • Voices of Singapore Literary Arts writers
  • The Social history of Singapore from the mid-19th - early 20th century, through legal documents in the Koh Seow Chuan Collection.
  • Peranakan-Nyonya literary works - literature in Malay by the Straits Chinese of Singapore and Malaysia, including translations of famous Chinese epics
  • The Asian Diaspora in Southeast Asia with special reference to Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia 
  • Businesses in the early 19th century – post-war Singapore

Who Can Apply?

The LKC 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. Applicants could be curators, historians, academics or independent researchers who should preferably have an established record of achievement in their chosen field of research and the potential to excel further.

Terms of the Award

The award of the Fellowship is for a period of six months and is subject to renewal if necessary. Fellows may not hold a concurrent fellowship or propose a research area which he has already completed for a masters or a doctoral thesis. The research fellow should not hold concurrent employment or other fellowships simultaneously with the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship. Awarded Fellows must commence their Fellowship undertaking within 3 months of the award, unless otherwise agreed upon.

A stipend of S$2,000 per month will be provided to help LKC Research Fellows meet their living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. In addition to the stipend, overseas Fellows will be provided with the following on a case-by-case basis:

a. One-time relocation package for Research Fellows to Singapore of up to a maximum of S$1,500. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if the lowest prevailing market rates for airfares still exceed the above capped amounts at time of purchase.

b. Monthly accommodation allowance of up to a maximum of S$2,500 subject to market rates and approval from the Selection Committee.

Note: Stipends and all other allowances are subject to withholding tax

For foreign applicants, please click here to download a guide for overseas candidates. 

For further information/How to Apply, please click here for more details.

Applications should be emailed to or mailed to the following address by 30 April 2016.

Attn: The Administrator

Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship
National Library Headquarters
National Library Board
100 Victoria Street,
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 further information about the Fellowship, please contact:

The Administrator, Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship
Tel: 6718 3247

Hear from our Fellows

Curious about the National Library’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship? 
Find out what our Fellows have to say about the fellowship and its benefits.

Dr. Chua Ai Lin

 Dr Chua Ai Lin

Mrs Adeline Foo

  Mrs Adeline Foo

Ms Chin Hsuen Wei

  Ms Chin Hsuen Wei

Mr Lee Ching Seng

  Mr Lee Ching Seng

Mr Wilbert Wong Wei Wen

  Mr Wilbert Wong Wei Wen

Ms Vo Hong Hanh

  Ms Vo Hong Hanh

Last Updated On 27 September 2016

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