Asian Research Institute (ARI), NUSApplications are invited for Research Fellowships/Senior Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) for commencement either in June/July 2014 or December 2014/January 2015.

Applications for the One-Year Visiting Research Fellowships/Senior Research Fellowships are for commencement in April, July or October 2014.

==> Closing date for applications is 1 September 2013.


All positions are intended for outstanding active researchers from around the world, to work on an important piece of research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. Up to three months of a 12-month fellowship may be spent conducting fieldwork in the Asian region.

A majority of the positions will be allocated to ARI’s more specific areas of research focus as listed below. However, some will be given to outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applicants should mention which category they are applying to or if none, indicate the “open category”. Applications which link more than one field are also welcome.

Areas of Research Focus

Asian Migration

1) The Asian Migration cluster 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 urban change.

Asian Urbanisms
2) The Asian Urbanisms cluster provides space for exploration of Asia’s urban diversity. Emerging urban forms, phenomena and experiences within ARI’s areal scope demand empirical documentation and analysis. The cluster also takes regional urban diversity as a resource for wider theorization. The theoretical orientation of the cluster is towards work which: (1)speaks in transformative ways to urban studies debates beyond Asian area studies; and (2)resists the ingrained impulse to refer back to antecedents in North America or western Europe. The cluster is particularly interested in forms of relational, comparative research which de-centre the West as the supposed leading edge of urban transition, innovation and influence. Avenues for such work include (but not limited to): intra-Asian city models and emulation; sustainability and urban lifestyles; natural disasters, conflict and urban resilience; cultures of urban heritage; and religion-related urbanisms.

Changing Family in Asia
3) The Changing Family in Asia cluster explores the dimensions of family change in the region, their causes and implications. These dimensions include rising ages at marriage and decreasing non-marriage, declining fertility and 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 consequent on population ageing. These have implications for gender relations, the life patterns of the post-adolescent unmarried, the role of the elderly in the family, child-raising patterns and social policy.

Cultural Studies in Asia
4) The Cultural Studies in Asia is an emerging field of academic research in Asia which is challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries to rethink received knowledge on existing issues and/or to address 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. Focusing on popular cultural practices in contemporary Asia, practitioners in Cultural Studies have re-examined these practices from new angles engendered by multidisciplinary perspectives. They have questioned the very idea of Asia and its current reconfiguration in view of the intense traffic of cultural products and cultural practices, crisscrossing national and cultural boundaries within the continent and beyond.

Religion and Globalisation in Asian Contexts
5) The Religion and Globalisation cluster is dedicated to exploring global reconfigurations of conceptions of “religion” and their diverse manifestations in Asian contexts. Particular attention is given here to the dynamic interactions of secularization and religious revival in the modern period, as well as to related issues of the invocation of authority and tradition in contemporary discourse and practice. In terms of coverage, the cluster works to facilitate studies of significant developments in major established religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, as well as localised indigenous traditions and new religious movements from any part of Asia, broadly conceived.

Science, Technology, and Society
6) The Science, Technology, and Society cluster 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.

Metacluster: Historical Sociology of Asian Connections
7) The Metacluster: Historical Sociology of Asian Connections was initiated in April 2011 and has recruited participants from other existing clusters interested in a historical sociological approach. Current research shows that the various parts of Asia are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. These countries are beginning to derive benefits and face challenges from this emergent or re-emergent region which needs to be grasped by a new paradigm that goes beyond ‘methodological nationalism’ and develops a historical view of regional connections. The metacluster has launched a reading group drawn from ARI and NUS faculty.

Open Category
8) The Open Category. ARI also keeps its doors open to talented people with exciting ideas and worthwhile projects whose interests may not immediately fit one of the categories. Applications are welcome from across the whole spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, and especially for projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary.