The National Library of Singapore invites applications for the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship programme, a six-month residential fellowship to research valuable historical materials, dating from the 16th century, on Singapore and Southeast Asia in the collections of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library and the National Archives of Singapore.
Besides historical materials from the Gibson-Hill Collection, Ya Yin Kwan (or Palm Shade Pavilion) Collection, Logan Collection, Rost Collection as well as the former Raffles Library Collection, the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library also holds significant and early works documenting the history of Singapore and the region, which include imprints from Singapore’s earliest printing presses, early European accounts of Southeast Asia, early maps and charts of the region and archives of prominent Singapore authors. The National Archives of Singapore holds records of national or historical significance acquired from public agencies, private sources and overseas institutions and archives.
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.
Recipients are expected to remain in residence at the library, located in the central district of Singapore, during the period of their fellowship and to focus their time on researching the collections in the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. Besides a monthly stipend for six months, the residential fellowship for overseas recipients include a one-time relocation allowance, monthly accommodation allowance and reimbursement of a return economy class air ticket.
Preference will be given to the following fields of research for 2021:
- Study of the development and growth of the arts in Singapore using collections such as the Digital Archives of Singapore Tamil Arts, Liu Kang collection, oral history recordings.
- Critical inquiry on Singapore contemporary literature/writers or theatre from the 1950s.
- Comparative study of early Singapore and/or Malaya from Western and Asian scholarship and perspectives.
- Maritime development in Singapore and the Straits from the 14th to 21st century.
- Asian diaspora in Southeast Asia with special reference to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Early Chinese migration through Clan association materials.
- In-depth analysis of Singapore newspapers.
- British administration of Singapore post-1945 using Michael J.L. Gorrie collection from NAS
- Aviation history and engineering through the Egawa collection.
- Development of economic sectors, professions and trades in Singapore within the context of historical global developments.
- Singapore social welfare in post-independence 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.
A stipend of up to a maximum of S$3,000 per month will be provided to help LKC 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 $2,500 (reimbursement basis).
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 LKCRF@nlb.gov.sg or mailed to the following address by 31 May 2021.
Attn: The Administrator
Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship
National Library Headquarters
National Library Board
100 Victoria Street,
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
Hear from our Fellows
The National Library Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship 2020.
- Dr Mustafa Izzuddin
- Dr Lai Chee Kien
- Dr Seah Cheng Ta
- Mr Benjamin Khoo Jun Qi
- Ms Denise Lim Zhi Qing
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