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National Library Digital Fellowship

The National Library Digital Fellowship is a pilot programme to support research in the emerging field of digital humanities using the collections of the National Library, Singapore (NLS) and the National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

The NLS is the custodian of Singapore’s documentary and published heritage. Our core collections offer a wealth of information for studying the contemporary and historical developments of Singapore and the region. The NAS holds records of national or historical significance acquired from public agencies, private sources, and overseas institutions and archives.

We are keen to collaborate with scholars and researchers on projects that apply digital technologies and computational methods to yield fresh insights into the history, arts and culture of Singapore and Southeast Asia.


Research Area

We welcome applicants to propose projects that make effective and meaningful use of digital tools and methods to demonstrate the possibilities of learning and researching with our collections. This could involve text, visual and/or audio analysis, data visualisation, mapping, digital storytelling and so on.

Applicants are encouraged to propose ways of using both our digital collections and physical collections.

Projects could explore and map the connections between collection items and content to reveal new insights on a topic, for example, an event, time period, individual(s) and/or social group, in Singapore history.

Projects could also enrich information about collection items, e.g. crowdsourced annotation, image processing, and/or enable the community to discover and interact with collection items in new ways.

Areas of research include but are not limited to the following:

  • Place histories in Singapore
  • History and networks of early communities in Singapore
  • Analysis of Singapore newspapers
  • Comparative study of early Singapore/Malayan publications, e.g. patterns of language use and/or themes in literature
  • Social history through photographs, oral histories and other relevant collections


Who Can Apply?

The Digital Fellowship is open to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Applicants may be individuals or collectives (up to three persons making a joint application). Only one application is accepted per individual/collective.

The Library welcomes applications from librarians, curators, historians, academics or independent researchers with established records of achievement in their chosen fields of research. Applicants pursuing doctoral, postdoctoral or advanced research are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have the requisite digital skills to carry out and complete the project.

Terms of the Award

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

A stipend of S$3,000 per month will be provided to help Fellows meet their living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses.

In addition to the stipend, Fellows will be provided with up to $6,000 (on reimbursement basis) for the purchase of software and content that are directly related to the project and/or used for the duration of the fellowship.

For further information about the Fellowship, please contact:

The Administrator, National Library Digital Fellowship 

Email: NL_Digital_Fellowship@nlb.gov.sg


Our Fellows


The National Library Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the National Library Digital Fellowship 2020.

  • Ng Siam Gek
  • Crystal Yong


Last Updated On 01 Dec 2021