PhD Research Scholarships at Asia Research Institute,National

Asia Research Institute (ARI) is a  university-level institute formed in July 2001 as one of the strategic  initiatives of the NUS. The mission of the Institute is to produce and  promote world-class research on Asia. ARI engages the social sciences  and humanities broadly defined, and encourages especially multidisciplinary studies. Now home to six research clusters with a strong team of resident and visiting scholars, ARI works closely with  the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Business, Faculty of  Law, and School of Design and Environment in NUS.

The Asia Research Institute is  pleased to offer Ph.D. research scholarships from August 2011 in the  following interdisciplinary areas:







The PhD scholarship is to be  taken up jointly with the appropriate discipline-based department. This  would normally be with a department of the Faculty of Arts and Social  Sciences, but where appropriate could also be with the Faculty of Law,  School of Business or School of Design & Environment at the National  University of Singapore. Please note that some departments / Programmes  only have one intake per year in August (Semester 1).

Interested applicants are  required to submit their application by 15th November 2010, indicating  clearly both which ARI interdisciplinary area they wish to join and  which department they would be attached to. Application procedures and forms can be obtained from the NUS website via this URL:

Applicants must use the  application forms in the respective Faculty websites depending on the  Faculty to which they wish to seek admission. They should send their  applications directly to their respective faculties, indicating their interest to be attached to ARI. Applicants should not send a duplicate copy to ARI.

The following interdisciplinary  areas or “clusters” are offering scholarships:

  1. The Asian Migration cluster  (Research Leader: Professor Brenda Yeoh)explores the issues arising  from increased levels of human mobility in the region, both within and  across national borders. Mobility of high-level professional and  managerial personnel, unskilled labour migration (both documented and  undocumented), and human trafficking all raise methodological and  theoretical questions and major policy issues, as does the role of migration in development and change.
  2. The Changing Family in Asia  cluster (Research Leader: Professor Gavin Jones) explores the dimensions  of family change in the region, their causes and implications. These  dimensions include rising ages at marriage, declining size of the  nuclear family, increase in one-person households and alternative family forms, changing gender roles within families, and changes in family structures. They are studied in the context of the changing  political-economic structures and changing state/family roles in  provision of services and support.
  3. The Cultural Studies in Asia  cluster (Research Leader: Professor Chua Beng Huat) focuses on  comparative and pan-Asian popular culture practices in different spheres  of everyday life. It encourages the challenging of conventional  disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues  and addresses new topics and concerns thrown up by the rapid changes and impact on cultural practices, brought about by new technologies and the new phase of global capitalism.
  4. The Religion and  Globalisation in Asian Contexts cluster explores the changing patterns  of religious belief, practice, and identity in recent times, particularly in Southeast Asia. The title implies a general interest in transnational and diasporic communities, engagement with modern  technologies and values, as well as new global or “glocal” forms of  religious activities and institutions. More specifically the cluster  looks at modern forms of filial piety and the interactions between  politics and religion. In addition to these substantive research areas,  the cluster promotes the interdisciplinary research involving the study  of social and cultural theories and diverse methodological approaches to  the academic study of religion.
  5. The Science, Technology, and  Society cluster (Research Leader: Professor Gregory Clancey) explores  techno-scientific institutions, practices, and knowledge-making regimes  within Asian societies and cultures. The newest of the ARI research  clusters, and thus still building critical mass, we are particularly  interested in topics relating to biotechnology / bioscience / biomedicine and society; interactive and digital media; Asian techno-scientific cultures; interactions between Asian sites or projects  and those elsewhere, and science & technology policy. By “Asia” we  mean South, East, and Southeast Asia, but are particularly interested in  projects with the potential to cross these sub-regional boundaries.  Methodologically we are open to a range of approaches including  historical, sociological, anthropological, geographical, and media or cultural studies based initiatives.
  6. The Asian Urbanisms cluster  (Research Leaders: Professor Heng Chye Kiang & Professor Chua Beng  Huat) is targeted at examining emergent urban situations in which  social-cultural and environmental sustainability require urgent attention. Issues under scrutiny include eco-urbanism, cultural preservation, and quality of social life. The following is an inclusive  list of research expertise and ideas that would be welcome: sustainable  architecture, urban management & governance, urban planning, urban  design, urban place-making, land-use management, transport and  communication modes, the interface between technology and society (for  example, in relation to emerging environmental technologies, and water  and energy resource use), industrial and landscape ecology, economics  and finances of sustainability of quality human health and social life,  regeneration of heritage areas in extant cities.

For enquiries, please contact: Ms Kristy Won

Asia Research Institute
Tel: (65) 6516 3810
Fax: (65) 6779 1428