Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Graduate Research Fellowship


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 offers:

  • A two-year research grant of up to S$10,000 for PhD Students; and up to S$20,000 for Postdoctoral Fellows. The award may be used for travel or other research-related expenses.

  • Assistance 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).

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 equivalent1) at a leading overseas academic or research institution; and

  • Applicants should not be recipients of other scholarships from the Singapore Government.

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.

Terms & Conditions

  • Tenable for a period of two years;

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

  • Two categories of award The award may be used for travel or other research-related expenses;
    • ​(A) Up to S$10,000 per award for PhD Students
    • (B) Up to S$20,000 per award for Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Awardees will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced researcher at the local AUs based on their 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;

  • 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; and

  • 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 are to 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 are to 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.


Application Period: 1 July 2022 to 31 August 2022

Applications will close on 31 August 2022. Interested parties should submit their application by the specified deadline. The outcome of the application will be made known by the end of January 2023.

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