Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship

Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship


The Social Science and Humanities Research (SSHR) Fellowship was established by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as part of its efforts to nurture local talents and strengthen the social science and humanities research ecosystem in Singapore.

As SSRC’s first talent development scheme, the SSHR Fellowship aims to support promising Singaporean social science and humanities researchers in the early stages of their academic careers in our Autonomous Universities. The grant also seeks to help build their expertise and careers as researchers.

The SSHR Fellowship is a welcome addition to the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s scholarship and grant ecosystem which includes the Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent (START) scheme. Awardees of the SSHR Fellowship will receive a research grant of up to S$1m over five years for any research project in any social sciences and humanities discipline.


Nominees for the SSHR Fellowship should fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Singapore citizens. Non-Singaporeans can be considered for the Fellowship but the award will be conditional on the applicants obtaining Singapore citizenship prior to the point of award.

  • Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at the Host Institution at the time of application for the SSHR Fellowship.

  • PhD degree holders (or equivalent terminal degrees in their disciplines).

  • Not holding a tenured position.

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated based on the following considerations:


a) Research track record, including:

i) Achievements in research/publications
ii) Grants, awards and/or prizes won
iii) Ability to manage the research grant applied for

b) Strong potential and motivation to pursue an academic career and be a future university leader

c) Potential of the proposed research having a demonstrable impact on their career progression in becoming an independent researcher

d) Potential of the proposed research to contribute to knowledge and practice 


The 2022 SSHRF Call is now open. Applications should be submitted via the Autonomous Universities, by 27 January 2023.