The National Museum of Singapore Research Fellowship is now open for application till May 31, 2020 (inclusive).
The National Museum of Singapore invites researchers to contribute to academic scholarship on Singapore history and heritage. Applications from Masters and PhD candidates and PhD degree holders of all disciplines to conduct independent research on topics relating to the National Museum’s collections are welcome.
A stipend of between SGD2,000 to 5,000 per month will be provided to help cover all expenses such as living expenses, transportation, photocopying fee, copyright clearance, and access to local libraries. The final rate of monthly stipend will be determined by the educational qualifications of the Fellow.
Please note that applications which are already funded or being considered for funding by other agencies in Singapore, including other National Heritage Board grants such as the Heritage Grant, are not eligible for funding under this fellowship.
Only successful candidates will be notified.
Suggested topics for research:
||National Museum's Collections
Suggested themes for research
(meant only as suggestion and is not exhaustive)
||Natural history representations of Singapore and Southeast Asia
Late 19th century
|William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings
Colonial forms of knowledge
Nature as history
||Collection of Straits Settlements Legal records
19th to Early 20th century
Materials comprising of documents related to transactions of properties and commodities, last wills and testaments, petitions and affidavits
|Legal history of Colonial Singapore
Roles played by pioneer lawyers
Commercialization of land
||Japanese Occupation in Singapore
|English, Japanese and Chinese language posters, publications, drawings and 3D materials such as uniforms, flags, and weapons
|| Explore political and historical context of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore and Southeast Asia in general
Histories of dominance and resistance expressions through art and music
||Food history in Singapore
|Food-related material culture in the collection – objects, photographs, postcards, printed materials such as cook books, menus, magazines
Creation of local industries
Emergence of hawker centres
||Design in Singapore
Late 19th century to 1990s
|Archival images of colonial architecture, various examples of print culture such as post cards, book covers, illustrations, catalogues, advertisements, posters and signboards
|Histories of 3D and graphic design, production and circulation
||Singapore’s clothing culture
Late 19th century to 1990s
|Textiles, garments, various types of clothing, local and international designer couture, accessories, print culture
|| History of Singapore’s clothing culture through its manufacturing and consumption patterns
Tastes and ethnic diversity
Emergence of a local designing industry
||Entertainment history in Singapore
|Materials related to film, theatre and music in Chinese and Malay languages, such as posters, handbills, popular magazines, and vinyl records
|The production, distribution and consumption of films
Emergence of star personalities
Trans-border entertainment businesses
Creation of local industry including experimentations
||Entertainment history in Singapore: Radio and television
|Collection includes photographs, publications and 3D objects such as radios, televisions and Re-diffusion sets
||Explore production and reception patterns
Changes to communication technologies and local media’s relation to nation-building
||Housing history in Singapore / Resettlement
|Photographs, HDB related publications, plans, documents and house-hold objects
|Explore links to town planning
Emergence of public housing
||Industrialisation history in Singapore
|Photographs, publications, newsletters, 3D objects including union badges, licenses and Singapore-manufactured goods
Small, medium and large-scale industries
Shifts in economic policies
- Electronic applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments should not exceed 10MB in size. Please download the form here.
- Applications must be submitted together with the following supporting documents:
a. Curriculum vitae of the applicant;
b. Completed application form;
c. Research title and proposal;
d. A clear scan of the certificate of degree / Masters / PhD. If the certificate is not in English, a certified true copy of an official translation from the issuing university must be attached;
e. One writing sample or copy of a chapter of the applicant’s dissertation in English.
- Applications must be submitted by Sunday, 31 May, midnight.
- Applicants will receive email acknowledgments of the receipt of their applications upon submission.
- Incomplete and/or late applications will be disqualified and will not be considered.
- For further information about the NMS Fellowship, please contact email@example.com.