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The George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections (GLHF) aims to attract top tier professionals to work with the National Library, Singapore (NLS) to develop its collections on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Through the Fellowship, NLS also aims to foster partnerships with collectors worldwide.

The Fellowship’s goals are to:

  • Enhance the NLS Singapore and Southeast Asian special collections;
  • Elevate the research standards and capability of librarians through mentorship and collaboration with Fellows;
  • Facilitate NLS’s networking with other eminent collectors and subject experts;
  • Promote NL as a research centre for Singapore and Southeast Asian Studies.
Who Can Apply?

All applicants must be nominated by libraries, established research and academic institutions, museums, archives or other experts in the following subject fields:

  • Straits Settlements/ Colonial governance e.g. city planning, legislation, politics
  • Early Education e.g. the first Madrasahs and Chinese schools
  • Local community histories e.g. cultures, traditions & lifestyles, groups & societies
  • Early Trades e.g. pioneering businesses & industries, including the early publishing trade (mission presses, local publishing houses)
  • Arts e.g. the archives of pioneering poets, writers and artists in Singapore

Preferred candidates include professionals or scholars from libraries, established research institutes, universities, museums, archives and professional associations.

Candidates should possess minimally a Masters’ qualification in a relevant subject field; be nominated by their department head, peers or past project heads, and fulfil at least two of the following criteria:

  • Minimum 10 years’ relevant experience in their chosen field;
  • Published and presented extensively in leading publications and conferences;
  • Acknowledged experts in their respective fields.
Terms of the Award

The award of the Fellowship is for a minimum six (6) months, with Fellows given the flexibility to split up the six (6) month Fellowship term into two (2) blocks of two-to-three (2-3) months during the year of the Fellowship. Up to three Fellows will be awarded every year. If there are no worthy candidates, no award will be made. Any potential conflict of interest must be declared at the point of application.

A stipend of up to a maximum of S$5,000 per month will be provided to help GLH Fellows meet living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. Overseas Fellows will be provided with the following additional allowances on a case-by-case basis:

a. One-time relocation package to Singapore of up to a maximum of S$3,000.

b. One-time return economy air ticket of up to a maximum of S$5,000. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if the lowest prevailing market rates for airfares still exceed the above capped amounts at time of purchase.

c. Monthly accommodation allowance of up to a maximum of S$5,000/month subject to market rates and approval from the Evaluation Committee.

Notes: Stipends and all other allowances are subject to withholding tax.

For foreign applicants, please click here to download a guide for overseas candidates.

All Fellows will also be provided with the following:

  • A research space at the NLS including a computer with internet access.
  • Access to the library’s collections, including its Rare books, Maps and Manuscripts collection.
  • Research Assistance.
Obligations of the Fellow

All Fellows shall undertake to complete the following project deliverables for NLS, namely:

a. To advise on the NLS’s collection development efforts for its Special Collections;

b. To recommend best practices that the NLS can adopt in acquiring the collections;

c. To mentor NLS Librarians in evaluating and acquiring the identified collections;

d. To submit a collection assessment report on the identified collection area(s), that includes identified gaps, and a list of materials and sources from which the materials can be acquired;

e. To provide referrals and to connect the NLS with the relevant institutions, organisations or collectors, worldwide;

f. To give a public lecture(s) at the NLS about one’s area(s) of collecting expertise, at the end of the term of the said Fellowship.

To fulfil these obligations, GLHF Fellows are expected to understand the collections of both NLS and the National Archives of Singapore.

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