Applications welcomed for the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia


The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University (Stanford) are pleased to announce that applications are welcome between now and 1st September 2011 for the 2011-12 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia.   Interested individuals with backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply.  Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority.

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ANU Summer Research Scholarships 2011

A Summer Research Scholarship at The Australian National University is an exceptional research opportunity, providing insight into what studying for an Honours or a graduate research degree is all about.  The Summer Research Scholarships provide contact with distinguished researchers and offer you access to facilities and materials which may not be available where you currently study.  You will be immersed in a challenging research environment helping you to make an informed decision about studying a higher degree by research.

A Summer Research Scholarship includes:

  • Full board on campus
  • A weekly allowance
  • Return travel to Canberra
  • An opportunity to undertake a short research project on an approved topic

Applications for the 2011/2012 program will open 1 August 2011 and close 31 August 2011.

For more information, please visit, or contact the administrator.

Ms Nuala Grundy

Yale in Singapore: A Bold Experiment

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Online)

Yale in Singapore: A Bold Experiment

This was a letter from Mr Mark Lawrence Santiago, a Ph.D. candidate for the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and an NUS alumnus, in response to the article “Yale in Singapore: Lost in Translation” published on The Chronicle Review (1 May 2011) which implied that NUS represses free speech and academic freedom. In his letter, Mr Santiago challenged the implications and shared his personal experiences at NUS. Mr Santiago, who pursued a degree in philosophy at NUS, said that the intellectual environment at NUS encouraged experimentation in ways to think about the world and particularly about Asia. This experimentation was largely based on academic freedom and intellectual diversity. Mr Santiago opined that the Yale-NUS College could be a bold experiment comparing what and how the West thinks of the East and vice versa.

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A family’s gift to a student’s future


Alisha Gill is looking forward to a career in the public sector. When Alisha Gill graduates this year with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree from NUS’ Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FASS), it will be a proud moment not just for her parents, but for the Ngiam family as well. Alisha was the first student to receive the Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Scholarship, which was set up in 2006 by the Ngiam family in honour of their parents. The Scholarship supports a four-year Honours degree in Economics. Read up more on her story here.

Relive the FASS Open House

Did you miss our FASS Open House in May?

No fear! Check out the talks by the different Departments and Programmes here!

FASS offers the most comprehensive range of Humanities and Social Science subjects not only in Singapore but also in the region. Come, Explore and Discover what FASS has to offer with 17 Departments and Programmes, 19 subjects, 12 languages, Cross Faculty Options, Special Degree options and Overseas Opportunities.

FASS obtains excellent Arts and Humanities ranking in latest World University Rankings

In the first World University Rankings by Subject, FASS has ranked highly in almost all subjects considered by QS. In the overall Arts and Humanities ranking, FASS did well to secure a position of 23rd globally, and 2nd in Asia, only after the University of Tokyo.


* Includes French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, African, Australasian, modern Middle Eastern languages
+ Area Studies will include subjects like Chinese Studies, European Studies, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and South Asian Studies
^ On par with University of Chicago

20 Years of Southeast Asian Studies at FASS, NUS

The Southeast Asian Studies Department (SEAD) held its 20th anniversary celebration with a dinner held at the NUS Faculty Club on 7 May 2011.SEAD_20th_Anniversary_Souvenir_Program Southeast Asian food and entertainment were provided consisting of Thai and Indonesian dances. Short talks were delivered by FASS Dean Professor Brenda Yeoh, A/P Goh Beng Lan (Head), A/P John Miksic and A/P Teofilo Daquila (Assistant Heads and Graduate Coordinators). Their talks highlighted some of SEAD’s achievements since 1991 including the offering and recognition of four SEA languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay which are now housed in the Centre for Language Studies) and various programs of study such as graduate degrees by coursework and research, the joint MA degree in SEA Studies with the Australian National University, the FASS Summer School with Yale University titled “Southeast Asia in Context” and its expansion to include other universities, the Semester-in-Southeast Asia exchange program with the University of Gadjah Madah, Thammasat University, Vietnam National University, Khon Kaen University, and Ateneo de Manila UnivSEAD_Graduate_Alumni,_Students_and__Staffersity,  and the minor and second major programs in SEA Studies. After two decades of existence, we have now become a Department.  The anniversary celebration dinner was a success as the 120 alumni and their families, students, former heads, staff and friends enjoyed renewing their ties and forming new ones. It was indeed a night to remember!