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Undergraduate Research Library Fellowship 

We are pleased to offer competitive undergraduate research fellowship opportunities for students to pursue research with a Southeast Asia focus, involving source materials in our main and special collections. This opportunity has been made available with the support of the Wan family and is open to all NUS undergraduate students regardless of their disciplinary backgrounds. Applications utilising traditional archival and bibliographic research as well as creative and interdisciplinary approaches involving our collections are equally welcome.


This fellowship supports undergraduate students currently enrolled at the National University of Singapore, who are pursuing/interested to pursue research projects with a Southeast Asia focus.


All undergraduate students who are working on research projects under UROP, honours thesis, final year projects, etc are also encouraged to apply.

  • Successful applicants will be offered a stipend of S$4,000 over a year.
  • Fellows will be assigned a mentor from NUS Libraries who will provide guidance on the collections.
  • Fellows should complete their project within one academic year.
  • Upon notification of their award, fellows will work on and submit a workplan to indicate the schedule when they will be working on their projects. Stipends will be arranged according to this schedule.
  • Fellows may also request for access to a reading room/pod at NUS Libraries over the course of his/her fellowship. All bookings are non-transferable.
  • Fellows may also request to acquire source materials that are not available in NUS Libraries’ collections. This should be identified and submitted together with the workplan to allow sufficient time for acquisitions.
  • Fellows are expected to work with their assigned mentor at NUS Libraries and participate in relevant activities.
  • As spaces are limited, fellows are expected to inform the library if they are unable to utilise their booking of the reading room/pod.
  • Fellows will be expected to present their work at an annual symposium at the end of each academic year.
  • Fellows will be asked to share their experiences via questionnaires or interviews, and provide a reflection on the outcomes or impacts of the fellowship.
  • Fellows will be featured in collaterals and communication about the Undergraduate Research Fellowship and are expected to provide information and experiences in a timely manner.
  • Fellows are also expected to acknowledge NUS Libraries Undergraduate Research Fellowship in all publications and presentations associated with research conducted under the fellowship.

Applications are to be submitted via the application form by 10 July 2022. Please prepare the following documents as part of the submission:

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages)
  • A research proposal (no more than 1,000 words) containing the following:
    • Synopsis — introduce the problem/gap, and aims of your project
    • Method(s) — detail only the method associated with the collections; there is no need to detail other methods if your project is part of a larger thesis/research project
    • Contributions of your proposed research (to theory, policy and/or practice)
    • Potential limitations — discuss the feasibility of completing the proposed project within the academic year, and anticipate challenges that you may encounter
    • Expected outputs — identify the final outcomes, which may be in the form of a thesis, a paper, a digital project, performance, visual story, poster, and so on
    • Supervising faculty’s name and affiliation
  • A tentative list of materials/collections you would like to examine during your fellowship. Please include links, collection names, call numbers (if relevant). Please also identify source materials that you need, but are unable to identify from our existing collections. You may consult our main and/or special collections for a listing.
  • An email from any faculty member recommending you for the fellowship

All applications will be evaluated by the NUS Libraries Undergraduate Research Library Fellowship Committee, based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the project in the context of addressing scholarship gaps in Southeast Asia
  • Utilisation of NUS Libraries’ collections
  • Innovation
  • Feasibility
10 Jul 2022Applications deadline 
18 Jul 2022All applicants will be notified of decisions
30 Jul 2022Submission of workplan by Undergraduate Research Library Fellows
5 Aug 2022Approval of workplan by NUS Libraries Undergraduate Research Library Fellowship Committee
8 Aug 2022Start of fellowship
30 Jun 2023 (TBC)Annual Symposium (all projects to conclude by this point)
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