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NMS Research Fellowship 2021

The National Museum of Singapore Research Fellowship is now open for application till June 30, 2021 (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
1 Legal history of colonial Singapore

Group of Straits Settlements legal records including the John Koh collection
2 Multicultural and cosmopolitan identities in Singapore

Material culture in Chinese, Malay and English languages related to entertainment (1900 to 1980s)
3 Visual representations in Singapore through photographs

Photo albums, family photos and images by local photographers (Late 19th century to 1990s)
4 Design in Singapore through print culture

Postcards, book covers, advertisements, catalogues, and posters (Late 19th century to 1990s)
5 Science and technological innovations in Singapore

Pre-modern tools and objects, modern appliances used in industries and homes including personal computers, fans, telephones, radios, televisions, music and cassette players, and kitchen gadgets

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 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 Wednesday, 30 June, 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