The Asia Research Institute (ARI) was established as a university-level
institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the
National University of Singapore (NUS). The mission of the Institute is
to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian
region, located at one of its communication hubs. ARI engages the
humanities and social sciences broadly defined, and especially
interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines. Through
frequent provision of short-term research appointments it seeks to be a
place of encounters between the region and the world. Within NUS it
works particularly with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences,
Business, Law and Design, to support conferences, lectures, and graduate
study at the highest level. Home to a strong team of full-time
researchers, the ARI provides support for doctoral and postdoctoral
research, conferences, workshops, seminars, and study groups. It
welcomes visiting scholars who wish to conduct their research on Asia in
Singapore, and encourages collaboration with other Asian research
ARI’s Religion and Globalization cluster is dedicated to exploring
global reconfigurations of religion and its diverse manifestations in
Asian contexts. Our work examines dynamics of secularization and
religion the modern period, as well as related issues of authority and
tradition in contemporary religious discourse and practice. The
Cluster’s central focus over the coming years is on Religion and
Development in Asia. This research project seeks to explore how
religious actors, discourses, and practices intersect with development
efforts, and how these engagements result in changes in our
understandings of both “religion” and “development”. This work
aims to stimulate a re-thinking of long held assumptions about the
apparent binary opposition between “religion” and “development.”
A prominent feature of our work in this area is the cultivation of
sustained engagement between practitioners and academics, with an eye to
producing analysis that is relevant both to theory and to practice.
The Cluster now welcomes applications for post-doctoral research
fellows to join a new project on “Religion and NGOs in Asia,” funded
by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The goal of this project is
to explore the negotiations and engagement of religious NGOs in Asia
with policy and regulatory frameworks at multiple levels –
sub-national, national, and trans-national. This work will explore four
policy dimensions: 1) policies of states towards religious NGOs, 2)
policies of development organizations (donors, UN agencies, state
agencies) in engaging with religious NGOs, 3) policies and tactics of
religious NGOs in responding to states and trans-national actors; and 4)
internal policies and practices of religious NGOs. We are seeking
applications from outstanding early career researchers to work full time
on this project. Scholars from across the social sciences with a strong
background in the study of religion and/or NGOs in the context of Asia
are invited to apply.
Successful applicants will be based at the Asia Research Institute in
Singapore. They will work closely with the existing team of researchers
while also carrying out their own independent research on matters of
direct relevance to the wider project. They will be engaged in full-time
research tasks, including undertaking fieldwork in East and/or Southeast
Asia, conference organizing, publishing academic papers and other media
resources, and project management. Candidates will also deliver research
seminar(s) and participate in relevant international conferences.
For further enquiries about the Religion and NGOs in Asia research
project or the post-doctoral fellowships please contact Michael Feener
(email@example.com ) and Philip Fountain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. In addition to overall assessment of the quality of proposed
research, positions will be awarded on the basis of the relevance of
their research to the research theme of Religion and NGOs in Asia.
2. Candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of securing a PhD
from a reputable university.
3. If you are still a PhD candidate at the point of application, you
may also apply provided that you are confirmed for graduation by your
commencement date at ARI. An official letter from the Registrar Office
of your university will be required to confirm the award of your PhD
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
1. Contract is tenable for two years, subject to performance evaluation
during the first year.
2. Applications are invited for commencement in Jun/Jul 2015, or as
soon as possible thereafter.
3. An all-inclusive, fixed monthly salary of S$5000, a monthly housing
allowance of S$500 and a one-off travel subsidy of S$2000 will be
provided (the latter two are applicable to non-Singaporeans only). These
will be subjected to taxation in accordance with local tax laws.
4. Please note that University Housing will not be provided and
appointees have to make their own private arrangement.
5. There is support for research fieldwork and conference attendance
(on application and subject to approval).
6. Candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD within
the last 2 years.
7. Research staff at ARI should participate actively in research
activities including attendance at seminars, conferences and ARI social
8. Other benefits that the University provides and other information
about working in NUS and living in Singapore are available at
http://www.nus.edu.sg/careers/potentialhires/index.html. Terms and
conditions, according to university guidelines, are subject to changes
without prior notice.
Interested applicants are invited to email their applications,
1. A completed application form. The form can be downloaded at
ensure that the application form submitted is in MS Word or equivalent
editable formats only.
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Synopsis of the proposed research project (maximum of 8-10
4. At least one short sample of published work, preferably in English.
5. Two letters of reference that are to be sent to us in confidence via
email reporting on the applicant’s academic standing and on the
applicant’s research project by 1 April 2015. Reference letters must
clearly state your name and indicate your interest in the Post-doctoral
Fellowship on Religion and NGOs in Asia.
6. Closing date for applications is 1 April 2015. You may wish to check
with your referees that they have submitted their references before the
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1. Please note that only fully completed applications will be
2. Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any
large files as emails larger than 10MB will be rejected by our email
3. We strongly encourage you to apply well before the closing date.
4. The appointment is conditional upon the approval by the National
University of Singapore (NUS) and the Ministry of Manpower granting you
an Employment Pass or other applicable work passes.
5. We regret that only successful candidates will be notified (via
email). Candidates who do not hear from the University within 10 weeks
after the closing date of the advertisement may assume the position has
6. Submissions of applications, reference letters and/or queries are to
be submitted via email to email@example.com.