Social Science Research Council Graduate Research Fellowship

Social Science Research Council Graduate Research Fellowship

Overview

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is a national scheme that aims to facilitate the engagement of outstanding early-career Singaporean social science and humanities researchers who have been accepted for their doctoral or postdoctoral training at leading overseas research or academic institutions. 

The SSRC GRF aims to forge strong professional networks with promising early-career Singaporean social science and humanities researchers. This broadened network of Singaporean researchers based both locally and abroad facilitates a rich exchange of ideas between local and international scholars that strengthens Singapore’s research capabilities. 

The SSRC GRF also aims to assist in the development of promising overseas-based early-career researchers with the provision of a small research grant and an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced researcher in the local Autonomous Universities (AUs). This will broaden the potential pipeline of Singaporean researchers who may eventually take up appointments within the local research ecosystem.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for applicants are as follows: 

a) Singapore citizens; 

b) Outstanding undergraduate academic record (at least a bachelor’s degree with second upper honours or equivalent); and 

c) Applicants should not be recipients of other scholarships from the Singapore Government;

d) Applied or accepted for doctoral studies or postdoctoral training (or equivalent1) at a leading overseas academic or research institution.

 

1Applicants must provide supporting documents to show that their home university does not offer postdoctoral fellow positions, and their current position could be considered equivalent to that of a postdoctoral fellow.

Terms of the SSRC GRF

1. The terms of the SSRC GRF are as follows:


a) Tenable for a period of two years;

b) Tenable for research in any social science and humanities discipline, although research on local issues of relevance is encouraged;

c) Two categories of award: (A) Up to SGD 10,000 per award for doctoral students and (B) SGD 20,000 per award for postdoctoral fellows. The award may be used for travel or other research-related expenses;

d) Awardees will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced researcher in local Autonomous Universities (AUs)2 based on their proposed area of research, who can provide access to valuable academic and career guidance;

e) Awardees will be required to return to Singapore at least once during the tenure of award to participate in engagement activities (e.g. research seminars) within the AU and with SSRC members; and

f) Awardees must comply with reporting requirements stipulated by the host AU. 

2. The SSRC GRF is bond-free, and host AUs are not obliged to hire GRF awardees as faculty members beyond the GRF tenure.

3. Prospective SSRC GRF awardees may only accept one GRF offer from one host AU at any point in time.

4. SSRC GRF recipients may reapply for a second award after the term of their first award has been completed. However, an individual will be limited to a maximum of 2 awards in total throughout their career (regardless of category). All applications for the GRF award will compete on an equal basis.

5. SSRC GRF recipients will inform MOE and the AU should they receive other scholarships from the Singapore Government post-award for review. MOE will assess on a case-by-case basis if the GRF may run concurrently with the other scholarship. 

6. SSRC GRF applicants in the last year of their PhD programme may be offered conditional awards should they have an offer for a suitable postdoctoral position which they would assume upon graduation. Holders of conditional awards will inform MOE and the AU should there be any changes to the pre-agreed postdoctoral training plans, for review. 

7. SSRC GRF applicants who have yet to secure a PhD programme or postdoctoral position may be offered in-principle awards by the AUs. The fellowship will only be confirmed when applicants have secured a place in the pre-agreed PhD programme or postdoctoral position. Applicants should update the AUs on their application status and provide supporting documentation by the acceptance deadline.


2The participating AUs are Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology & Design.

Applications

The call for applications will be made once a year. Applications should be submitted to the host AUs using the SSRC GRF application form available on the respective AUs’ webpages.

NUS  https://nus.edu.sg/research/research-management/funding-opportunities/ssrc-grf
NTU  https://www.ntu.edu.sg/research/srgs/ssrc-grf
SMU  https://www.smu.edu.sg/research/ssrcgrfcall
SUTD  https://www.sutd.edu.sg/About/Overview/Careers-with-SUTD/SSRC-Graduate-Research-Fellowship

If you have questions, please email the SSRC Secretariat at MOE_SSRC_Secretariat@moe.gov.sg.

Timeline

1 July 2022Call for applications open via the AUs
31 August 2022Closing date for applications
January 2023Announcement of awardees 
April 2023 to March 2025Tenure of the 2022 SSRC GRF award