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NMS Research Fellowship 2022

The National Museum of Singapore Research Fellowship is now open for application till July 10, 2022 (inclusive).

Masters and PhD candidates and PhD degree holders are invited to submit their applications on the following social history themes related to the National Museum's collections (accessible on Roots.SG): 

No Social History Themes

Histories of migrants and labour in Singapore through material culture

Folk life collections comprising photographs, print materials and objects (19th - 20th century)


Fall of Singapore and Japanese Occupation of Singapore: local and regional perspectives

Collections include war medals, diaries, posters, and Force 136 documents

3 Design and visual culture in Singapore

Photographs, postcards, book covers, catalogues, advertisements, posters (Late 19th century to 1990s)

Technology and daily life: creation of a consumer economy in Singapore

Collection of modern appliances relating to work (such as personal computers, typewriters), telecommunications ( telephones, mobile phones, pagers), household and entertainment (fans, kitchen gadgets, radios, TVs, music and cassette players, video game consoles and players) (20th century)

A stipend of between SGD2,000 to 5,000 per month will be provided to help cover expenses. 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. Please download the EDM here.


Application Instructions

  1. Electronic applications should be submitted to nmsfellowship@nhb.gov.sg. Attachments should not exceed 10MB in size. Please download the form here.

  2. 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.

  3. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, 10 July, midnight.

  4. Applicants will receive email acknowledgments of the receipt of their applications upon submission.

  5. Incomplete and/or late applications will be disqualified and will not be considered.

  6. For further information about the NMS Fellowship, please contact nmsfellowship@nhb.gov.sg