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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);

  • Accepted for doctoral studies or postdoctoral training at a leading overseas academic or research institution; and

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

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
    • ​(A) Up to S$10,000 per award for PhD Students
    • (B) Up to S$20,000 per award for Postdoctoral Fellows
    The award may be used for travel or other research-related expenses;
  • 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.


Next Application Period: 1 January 2022 to 14 February 2022, 12PM

Applications will close on 14 February 2022 at 12PM. Interested parties should submit their application by the specified deadline. The outcome of the application will be made known at the end of March 2022.

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