Centre for International Law

ASEAN Post-doctoral Fellow Programme


The Centre for International Law (CIL) was established in 2009 at the National University of Singapore’s Bukit Timah Campus in response to the growing need for international law expertise, capacity‐building and thought leadership in the Asia‐Pacific region. CIL is a university‐wide research centre that engages in multidisciplinary research, in collaboration with other NUS or external centres for research. It is simultaneously at the forefront of capacity‐building initiatives in the Asia‐Pacific region in its focus areas of research in international law, through workshops, conferences and academic programmes to reach a diverse audience of government and private sector professionals. Its focus areas of research and training are ASEAN Law and Policy, Ocean Law and Policy, Investment Law and Policy, and International Dispute Resolution.

CIL invites applications for ASEAN Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions commencing in Academic Year 2017/2018. We welcome applications from those with expertise in international economic law or international trade law, comparative constitutional law, and law and transnational crime.

The selection committee will consider the following criteria in making appointments:

  1. The applicant must be of exceptional caliber, having attained a doctoral degree in a field of international law, completed and examined between 1 January 2015 and 30 April 2017.
  2. The principal selection criterion will be the applicant’s potential for excellence in research and his or her proposed programme of research. A proven record of publication and participation in research projects will be the primary evidence of such potential.

Successful applicants for AY 2017/18 will be expected to commence their Fellowships at the start of August 2017 and conclude at the end of July 2019.


  1. Fellows will be appointed to the full-time position of ASEAN Post-Doctoral Fellow at CIL on a two-year contract, with a fixed annual remuneration of S$72,000. This all-in sum is inclusive of stipends for housing and living expenses.
  2. Fellows will be reimbursed for one return economy class airfare (by the most economical, safest and direct route) up to a maximum of S$2,000 to and from Singapore.
  3. Fellows will be allocated a budget of S$3,000 to support attendance at regional and international conferences.
  4. Fellows will be allocated shared office space within CIL.


  1. Fellows will develop and carry forward a coherent research programme that ideally has demonstrable impact on ASEAN economic integration and/or wider trading and investment relations in the region.
  2. Fellows will be expected to conduct research and develop a body of outstanding quality publications of their own in well-recognised peer-reviewed outlets.
  3. Fellows will be expected to work with the researchers in CIL’s ASEAN Law and Policy programme 50 per cent of the time and contribute significantly to the objectives of that programme.
  4. Fellows are expected to present their research and give invited papers at national, regional and/or international conferences and may be asked to provide expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and organisations.
  5. Fellows may be expected to teach or co-teach capacity-building training courses during the term of their appointment.
  6. Subject to the standard NUS terms of annual leave, Fellows will be expected to be in residence throughout the term of their appointment. In addition to annual leave, Fellows may apply for leave to undertake research and fieldwork overseas, subject to the approval of the CIL Director.

Application procedure

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  1. Application Form. The application form should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents, including a copy of the Doctoral Certification (if applicable) or Status Letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Download the application form here.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. Please include a full curriculum vitae containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honours, awards, publications and professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions).
  3. Research Proposal. Please include a detailed research proposal outlining the research plans for the two years including the expected deliverables and the projected contribution to the field of inquiry. The title of the proposal should clearly indicate the nature of the research project.
  4. Letters of Recommendation. The application must be supported by two references from academic referees. Applicants should arrange for the references to be sent to the address below by the closing date.
  5. Closing Date. Applications are open all year. The closing date for receipt of applications (including the letters of recommendation) for AY2017/18 is 17 March 2017. Applicants will be notified within two months from the closing date of the status of their applications.
  6. Submission. All application materials should be addressed to the following:

Ms Sadhna Rai / Ms Yvonne Lee (HR)
Centre for International Law
National University of Singapore
469A Bukit Timah Road
Tower Block, #09-01
Singapore 259770
Email: cil.fellowships@nus.edu.sg

Applications closed