The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) invites scholars to apply for fellowships on one of the following research areas:

1. Southeast Asian Islamic art
2. Maritime trade/Asian Export Art
3. Peranakan Art and Culture
4. Buddhist Art (preferably Tantric/Himalayan)
5. Asian fashion, textiles, or jewellery

The research fellowship supports in-depth original study and writing on specialised aspects of Asian culture. Applications will be screened by a committee of curators and scholars.

About the Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum is the only museum in the region devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Opened in 1997 and in its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the middle of 19th century. The ACM focuses on the many historical, archaeological, and artistic connections between the cultures of Asia, and between Asia and the world.

Singapore’s history as a port city that brought people together from all over the world is used as a means of examining the cultures of Asia. Objects on display tell stories of the trade and the exchange of ideas that were the result of international commerce, as well as the flow of religions and faith through Asia.

The Asian Civilisations Museum also manages the Peranakan Museum (TPM), which explores the art and culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia, and possesses one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects. Galleries on three floors illustrate the cultural traditions and distinctive visual arts of Peranakans.


Application instructions

I. Electronic applications should be submitted to Attachments should not exceed 10MB in total.

II. The application package should include:

A. Completed application form
B. Research proposal
C. Proof of completion of a doctoral degree (if a PhD candidate, proof of completion of the more important degree)
D. Recommendations from two referees in support of the application and research proposal. Referee should state how long and in what capacity he/she has known the applicant and evaluate the scholarly merit of the proposed research project, as well as the applicant’s research potential. Referees can also send the letters directly to
E. One writing sample or copy of a chapter of the dissertation in English.

III. Candidates will receive email acknowledgements of the receipt of their applications. They will be informed of the results by the end of March 2020.

IV. More information on the Fellowship Grant is provided in the Information Sheet.

V. Applications close at 11:59pm SGT on 31 January 2020. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

VI. For enquiries, please contact the ACM’s Research Unit at