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Agency: ISEAS -Yusof Ishak Institute
Job no.: 532793
Work type: Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Others, Research and Analysis

The ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.

The Malaysian Studies Programme (ISP) and Regional Economic Studies Programme (RES) at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute invite applications for the following Visiting Fellowships.


1. Visiting Fellow – Malay Politics (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will track and analyse key political dynamics among Malay voters including: new and evolving trends among Malay voters; internal dynamics within Malay-majority parties such as PKR, UMNO, PPBM, Amanah, and PAS; and the evolving relationship between UMNO and PAS.

2. Visiting Fellow – Democratic Transitions (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the political transition underway in Malaysia, focussing on actual and planned reforms in areas such as: anti-corruption; parliament; elections and associated organizations and practices; the judiciary; and political party finance.

3.Visiting Fellow – State-Business Relations (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse how state-business relations in Malaysia are evolving under the Pakatan Harapan administration, in areas such as: reform of major government-linked corporations; the fostering of individual entrepreneurs; and the role of business associations. 

4. Visiting Fellow – Federalism (2-6 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse centre-state relations in a sub-set of Malaysian states, with particular emphasis on states that have new political parties in power after the 14th general election.

5. Visiting Fellow – Industrial-Technological Transformation of the Malaysian Economy (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse Industrial-Technological transformation in a specific industry in the primary, secondary, or tertiary sector. Services, as well as the automotive and the oil and gas industries are of particular interest.

6. Visiting Fellow – US- China Trade conflict and GVC Restructuring in Southeast Asia (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will analyse the impact of the US-China trade conflict on global value chains (GVCs) in Southeast Asia.

7. Visiting Fellow – Labour market structures and reforms (2-12 months)

The Visiting Fellow will examine the state of Malaysia’s labour markets and evaluate current policies and prospective reforms, including the areas of: migrant labour, wage structure, skills and training, and social protection.



  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in an area of the humanities or social sciences (especially political science/government, economics, sociology, demography, or business studies). Alternatively, applicants with a Masters’ degree and commensurate experience in government, the private sector, think tanks or civil society organizations are also invited to apply.
  • Successful applicants are expected to start during the 2019 calendar year.
  • Fluency in English is a must. For research on Malaysia, working knowledge of Malay is a bonus.


Depending on the expertise of the candidate, he or she will be conducting one or two projects related to the themes listed above. In so doing, Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to ISEAS in the following ways:

  • Write for a range of research products for the Institute such as ISEAS Trends, ISEAS Perspectives, and ISEAS Commentaries.
  • Monitor economic, political and/or social trends in Indonesia/Southeast Asia.
  • Where relevant, contribute to ISEAS's collective research efforts.

Fellowship Benefits: 

  • A highly competitive remuneration package commensurate with his/her rank and experience

Applications should include a Cover Letter, a full CV, two Reference Letters, and a Research Plan (each plan should address the research question, methodology, timeline and expected output; 3 pages each, double-spaced).

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