The George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections (GLHF) aims to attract top-tier professionals to work with the National Library, Singapore to develop its collections on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Through the Fellowship, we also aim to foster partnerships with collectors worldwide and welcome talented librarians, researchers, curators, archivists and collectors to collaborate with us.
Since 1958, the National Library, Singapore's statutory mandate has been to collect, organise, preserve and make accessible the nation's published legacy. The National Library also seeks to promote and inculcate knowledge of the city's history and multicultural heritage, by collecting early documentation and unique material. These include hand-written manuscripts, maps, letters and diaries, which tell of life in Singapore and the region before its independence.
Our collection of cultural and heritage resources is housed at levels 10 to 13 of the 16-storey National Library building at 100 Victoria Street. The library's Singapore and Southeast Asian Collections consist of over 500,000 items, with collections dating as far back as the 16th century, such as the:
The Fellowship's goals are to:
Preference is given to developing collections on the following topics:
• World War II literature related to Singapore, Malaya and the region
• Business or industry history such as architecture, maritime, and entertainment history in Singapore and Malaya.
• Art and artists in Malaya pre-independence with a particular emphasis on minority communities
All applicants must be nominated by libraries, established research and academic institutions, museums, archives or other experts in the subject fields above.
Preferred candidates include professionals or scholars from libraries, established research institutes, universities, museums, archives and professional associations (e.g. the Library Association of Singapore, the Singapore Heritage Society).
Candidates should possess minimally a Masters’ qualification in a relevant subject field; be nominated by their department head, peers or past project heads, and fulfil at least two of the following criteria:
The award of the Fellowship is for a minimum six (6) months, with Fellows given the flexibility to split up the six (6) month Fellowship term into two (2) blocks of two-to-three (2-3) months during the year of the Fellowship. Up to three Fellows will be awarded every year. If there are no worthy candidates, no award will be made. Any potential conflict of interest must be declared at the point of application. It is preferred that awarded Fellows commence their Fellowship undertaking within 3 months of the award.
A stipend of S$5,000 per month will be provided to help GLH Fellows meet living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. Overseas Fellows will be provided with the following additional allowances on a case-by-case basis:
a. One-time relocation package to Singapore of S$3,000.
b. One-time return economy air ticket of up to a maximum of S$5,000. 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.
c. Monthly accommodation allowance of up to a maximum of S$5,000/month subject to market rates and approval from the Evaluation Committee.
Notes: Stipends and all other allowances are subject to withholding tax. Overseas applicants may require visa/entry permit to Singapore.
All Fellows will also be provided with the following:
All Fellows shall undertake to complete the following project deliverables for NLS, namely:-
a. To advise on the NLS's collection development efforts for its Special Collections;
b. To recommend best practices that the NLS can adopt in acquiring the collections;
c. To mentor NLS Librarians in evaluating and acquiring the identified collections;
d. To submit a collection assessment report on the identified collection area(s), that includes identified gaps, and a list of materials and sources from which the materials can be acquired;
e. To provide referrals and to connect the NLS with the relevant institutions, organizations or collectors, world-wide;
f. To give a public lecture(s) at the NLS about one’s area(s) of collecting expertise, at the end of the term of the said Fellowship.
To fulfil these obligations, GLHF Fellows are expected to understand the collections of both NLS and the National Archives of Singapore.
Each application must include:
NLB reserves the right to interview or request for a presentation to seek clarifications.
Applications should be emailed to George_Lyndon_Hicks_Fellowship@nlb.gov.sg, or mailed to the following address by 16 June 2023.
Attn: The Administrator
George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asian Collections
National Library, Singapore
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, George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asian Collections
Mr George Lyndon Hicks has been an NLB donor since 2008, donating over 6,800 books that covered mainly the areas of science and technology, politics, economics and history.
Some of the highlights include a map on Rubber Estates in Java (1911), Atlas to Lord Macartney's Embassy to China (1793), Dutch Atlas of Indonesia (1883-85), and Plates to Accompany Marsden's History of Sumatra (1831). An economist and writer on Southeast Asian and Asian politics, economics and history, he has authored and edited of over 17 books including books on the overseas Chinese, Chinese political developments and the economic roles of Southeast Asian Chinese.
His most famous work, Comfort Women: Sex Slaves of the Japanese Imperial Forces, was published in 1995 after years of intensive research and documentation in Southeast Asia, Japan and the United States. It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.