Social Science Research Council Graduate Research Fellowship Scheme (SSRC GRF)

The SSRC GRF 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 offers:

  • A two-year research grant of up to SGD$10,000 for PhD Students; and up to $20,000 for Postdoctoral Fellows. The award may be used for travel or other research-related expenses.
  • 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 a Singapore Autonomous University (AU), including National University of Singapore (NUS).


  • Singapore citizens.
  • Outstanding undergraduate academic record (at least a bachelor’s degree with second upper honours or equivalent).
  • Applied or accepted for doctoral studies or postdoctoral training (or equivalent[1]) at a leading overseas academic or research institution.
  • Are not recipients of other scholarships from the Singapore Government.
    Note: NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship and NUS Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply for SSRC GRF.
[1] Applicants 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.


  • Tenable for a period of two years.
  • Tenable for research in any social science and humanities discipline, although research on Singapore local issues of relevance is encouraged.
  • (Specific to NUS) Applicants are required to contact and confirm a NUS mentor prior to submission of the application. The mentor should be an experienced researcher based on the applicant’s proposed area of research, who can provide access to valuable academic and career guidance.
  • Awardees will be required to return to Singapore at least once during the tenure of award to participate in engagement activities within the AU and with SSRC members.
  • Awardees must comply with reporting requirements stipulated by the host AU.
    (Specific to NUS) Awardees must submit at least one report to NUS on an annual basis.
  • The SSRC GRF is bond-free, and host AUs are not obliged to hire GRF awardees as faculty members beyond the GRF tenure.
  • Prospective SSRC GRF awardees may only accept one GRF offer from one host AU at any point in time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Mentors may be nominated from the following NUS units:


  • There is one call per year.
  • Expected Award Date of July 2022 call: End-January 2023
  • Tenure period of July 2022 call: April 2023 to March 2025


1 July 2022


31 August 2022, 12 noon, Singapore Time (GMT+8)



  • For specific queries related to the application to the fellowship under NUS, please contact:
  • For general queries on the fellowship, please contact:

Page Updated: 12th November 2021

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