This application is closed

New ARI Research Cluster: Expressions of Interest


Outline of the Call

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) is seeking expressions of interest with a view to establishing a new research cluster from July 2017. Currently ARI has six research clusters: Asian Migration, Asian Urbanisms, Changing Family in Asia, Inter-Asia Engagements, Religion and Globalisation, and Science, Technology and Society. Each is led by a distinguished scholar who also holds a joint appointment in a NUS school or department.

  • Expressions of interest to establish a new cluster at ARI are invited from individuals across the University, in any school or department.

In line with ARI’s remit the proposed new cluster should be (i) interdisciplinary in ethos; (ii) Asia-focused; and (iii) should not duplicate research activities being undertaken elsewhere at NUS.

The new cluster leader will be appointed from July 2017 on a joint basis following discussions with their home department or school. The expectation is that the cluster leader, in the first year, will develop a cluster research and recruitment strategy and prepare a Tier 2 grant for submission.


Expressions of Interests

Expressions of interest are solicited from tenured academic staff in any NUS department or school. You should set out, in 750-1000 words: the title and theme of the proposed cluster; the academic case; potential links across the university and beyond; key themes or debates that will inform the area of work; and the prospective role and contribution of the cluster to ARI’s and NUS’s academic agenda. Please append a two page summary CV to your Expression of Interest. The deadline for submission is Friday, 6 January 2017.


The Asia Research Institute

Since its establishment in 2001, ARI has come to be regarded as one of the world’s leading Asian research institutes. The Institute is collegial and vibrant and housed on the top storey of the new AS8 building, next to the main library on the Kent Ridge Campus. We encourage cross-cluster engagements, maintain close relations with many other departments and schools at NUS, mount conferences, workshops and seminars, welcome visiting scholars from across the world, and are funded by a central grant supplemented by project grants from bodies in Singapore and overseas.


Further Information

For further information on the structure and activities of ARI see Informal inquiries can be made to the ARI Director Jonathan Rigg ( and please visit our offices on the top floor of the new AS8 building, or come to one of our events (see to get a flavour of what we do.