Inviting proposals


AcademiaSG invites doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work in our new series of virtual seminars. The Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars aim to provide a venue for geographically and disciplinarily dispersed new scholars to share their research on Singapore, and to connect with faculty and other students worldwide.

Nien Yuan Cheng was our inaugural speaker, on 5 February 2021. View her presentation here.

We welcome proposals from PhD students and Post-Doctoral scholars not yet in permanent academic positions; of any nationality; and who are engaging in humanities or social science research on Singapore, including comparative work with a significant Singapore component.

Selected presenters will deliver a 20–30 minute presentation, which will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. AcademiaSG will arrange for a faculty respondent to provide expert feedback, including guidance on potential publication opportunities.

If you are satisfied with your performance, we would be happy to post the seminar recording on our website to reach a larger post-event audience. You can decide after your seminar.

To be considered, please email AcademiaSG at with the following:

  • a 500-word abstract;
  • a 200-word bio/statement, specifying how the proposal fits into your programme of study and future plans, and how the seminar would help you; and
  • contact details of an academic referee.

Deadline: Rolling.


Paul Victor Patinadan, doctoral researcher, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University: “The Junior Scholar Seminar Series afforded me an excellent opportunity to present my ongoing research not simply to other academics, but interested individuals from varying expertise and even the curious public. As an early career researcher, I was humbled at the immense positive response I had received; it was deeply validating and a much needed motivator in striving for excellence during my doctoral journey. Through the platform, I was also able to network with other professionals and have formed meaningful and lasting collaborations, having been invited to speak at several other events since.”

Lynn Ng, PhD candidate, Political Science, University of Victoria: “I had an absolutely amazing experience presenting to the team at AcademiaSG. It was truly one of the most insightful events that my dissertation proposal has been through, and I walked away with many critical ideas to think about. Thanks so much for the wonderful coordination and mentorship!” 

Victor Zhuang, PhD candidate, Disability Studies and Cultural Studies, The University of Illinois in Chicago and Macquarie University: “The Junior Scholar Seminar Series is a great platform for junior scholars like me to reach out and share my work to a Singapore-based audience and I enjoyed the experience thoroughly! The support and mentorship offered by the team at AcademiaSG were fantastic and offered me opportunities to hear feedback from different perspectives. I was also able to expand my network and learn from established and well-respected Singapore scholars.” 

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AcademiaSG is an independent collective of Singaporean scholars that aims to promote scholarship of, for, and by Singapore. Our website includes original commentaries by academics, resources on special topics, and reading lists from various fields. The AcademiaSG Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars are aimed at supporting the next generation of Singapore Studies scholars.