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The NUS Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship (NUS-OPF) Scheme is part of NUS’ continuing efforts to develop its best talents for a career in academia through exposure to international postdoctoral training.

The area of research pursued should be relevant to the Department and Faculty’s current and future strategic areas of teaching and research.


Applications are invited from outstanding individuals who are interested to pursue a tenure track academic career and meet the following conditions:

  •  is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  •  has aptitude and passion for teaching and research, with noted accomplishments in these two areas;
  •  has been conferred a doctoral degree not more than two years as at 31 December of the year in which nominations are called; and
  •  accepted for postdoctoral training at a leading overseas academic/research institution (other than the institution from which applicant’s doctoral degree had been obtained).
  • Applicants in the final stages of their doctoral studies and proposing to commence postdoctoral training immediately upon completion of studies are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants who meet the above conditions and are in receipt of other sources of funding for postdoctoral training may also be considered.

Value of Fellowship

The NUS-OPF may provide for one or more of the following items of assistance:

  • One set of economy-class return airfare for travel between Singapore and place of training. Successful applicants will have to bear the cost of the airfare(s) for their accompanying spouse and family.
  • Monthly stipend, eligibility and quantum to be decided on a case-by-case basis; Ref: HR 089/15
  • Conference grant, available by application;
  • Medical insurance coverage (only for staff) at institution of study; and
  • Sign-on bonus and/or Employer’s CPF top-up, which may be provided in lieu of salary and/or monthly stipend, with eligibility and quantum to be decided on a case-by-case basis.


Application Procedure

  1. Applications, together with the supporting documents listed at paragraph 2 below, should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources no later than 22 March 2020 (Attn: Ms Tang Ily / Ms Rena Na) by email;
  2. Applicants who are not staff of the University at the point of application should refer to the University’s website at http://nus.edu.sg/education for the list of Faculties/Schools (and the Departments within the Faculties/Schools), and indicate in their application the respective Department where they would like to pursue an academic career with upon completion of the postdoctoral training.

Documents Required for Application

The following supporting documents should be submitted together with a completed Part I of the Application for NUS-Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship:

  1. A proposed postdoctoral training plan with details on objectives, target deliverables, period and institution of training, name(s) of collaborator/supervisor and any other relevant information;
  2. Applicant’s latest curriculum vitae (which should include details on any teaching experience at undergraduate and above levels of studies) and publication list;
  3. An abstract of the doctoral thesis. For applicants in the final stages of doctoral studies and proposing to commence postdoctoral training immediately after completion of studies, an abstract of any thesis previously written, as well as an abstract of the doctoral thesis to be submitted for examination should be included;
  4. Copies of 2 or 3 pieces of research/design work that the applicant considers to be his/her most significant works;
  5. A copy of each of the detailed results/transcripts of the following examinations:
  • GCE ‘O’ & ‘A’ Levels / School & Higher School Examinations / NUS High Final Year and Year 4 results / International Baccalaureate (IB) / Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent
  • University degrees

6 A copy of each of the following certificates:

  • GCE ‘O’ & ‘A’ Levels / School & Higher School Examinations / NUS High Diploma and Year 4 results / International Baccalaureate (IB) /Polytechnic Diploma or equivalent
  •  University degrees

7.  A copy of the invitation letter (or letter of offer) from the institution applied to for the proposed training programme;

8.  A copy of the letter(s) of offer for other fellowship(s) and/or funding applied for and the status of these applications;

9.  A completed NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants, for applicants who are not staff of NUS at the point of application; and

10.  A minimum of 2 confidential referees’ reports, to be sent directly to the Office of Human Resources (Attn: Ms Tang Ily / Ms Rena Na) by email.

Selection Process

Only short-listed candidates will be notified. A preliminary selection will be carried out at the Department and Faculty/School-level, and candidates short-listed for final selection will be interviewed by the NUS-OPF Selection Committee. Besides interviews, candidates may be required to complete certain tests, if short-listed.

Important Dates

Application closing date :- 22 March 2020

Final interview : – From mid-May 2020

Award notification & signing of bond deed  :-   From mid-June 2020
(Please note that awardees will be required to identify
2 sureties for the bond deed and provide their
particulars using the Sureties’ Particulars Form.)

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