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Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies

National University of Singapore

The Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS), is one of the leading institutions in the world in the fields of Chinese Studies and Chinese Language, and a major centre in Southeast Asia. For Academic Year 2024-25, the Department is inviting applications for up to two fully funded postdoctoral fellows for 1 year. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen from a competitive selection process. They will spend one year with the department working on research for a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they are expected to deliver a research seminar during their fellowship and teach one course for the department.

We welcome applications from junior scholars who have research interests in any of the following areas:

  • Chinese Literature

  • Chinese Media Studies

  • Chinese History

  • Chinese Linguistics

  • Translation and Interpreting Studies, with a focus on Chinese-English and/or English-Chinese translation/interpreting

  • Overseas Chinese Studies

  • Chinese Philosophy

  • Chinese Religion

A doctoral degree is required by one month prior to the start of the fellowship. Candidates must provide confirmation of successful completion of their terminal doctoral degree, in the form of a diploma or a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution s Registrar. Applicants may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of their doctoral degree at the start of the fellowship. Applicants should possess native-speaking, or near native-speaking, competence in both Mandarin and English.

The one-year fellowship period is from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025, and the fellow is expected to reside in Singapore for the duration of the fellowship. The fellowship will provide a monthly stipend of S$7,000, subsidized university medical benefits, a one-off travel subsidy, and a housing allowance. In addition, up to $5,000 in research funding will be available to each fellow. The fellowship will be subject to all rules and regulations of the National University of Singapore.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send to, by email attachment, a dossier comprising:

  1. Cover letter that briefly states your background, and a summary of your research;

  2. CV with a complete list of publications (including theses/dissertations);

  3. Research proposal for the year of the fellowship;

  4. Dissertation/Thesis abstract and table of contents, as well as two writing samples (academic paper or dissertation chapter);

  5. Proposed course outline for course to be offered at NUS and copies of student evaluations of previous courses taught (if any);

  6. Three letters of reference and one additional letter from the PhD supervisor (to be sent directly to the above email address)

All application materials must be in English. Please note that application documents will not be returned.

All inquiries should be directed to the above email address.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2024. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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