Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Invitation to Apply

The School of Design and Environment invites applicants to apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) to be based in the following Department:


Outstanding researchers who have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD or have obtained their PhD within the last three years. The successful candidates are expected to work on specific projects with clear deliverables that complement the research foci of the Department with which they are affiliated.

Terms and conditions

  1. Contract tenable for one year and renewable, upon review, up to a maximum of three years, to be awarded on a competitive basis to deserving candidates
  2. A stipend of S$4,000 all-in per month
  3. An allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses for non-citizens and their spouses who do not own any property in Singapore and whose spouses are not in receipt of any form of housing benefits from their Singapore employers, limit to maximum period of appointment of 3 years.
  4. Provident fund benefits for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
  5. Travel Assistance, payable once only, as follows.
    • $2,000 for the Postdoctoral Fellow
    • $2,000 for spouse
    • $1,000 for each child up to a max of 3 children (up to age 18 years and for those of schooling age, in receipt of full-time education)

    The above travel assistance is a contribution towards expenses incurred by the appointee and his/her dependants in re-locating to Singapore. Such expenses refer to costs for travel, packing, transportation and insurance of personal and professional effects as well as settling-in expenses. The travel allowance is contingent upon the Postdoctoral Fellow's completion of his/her initial one-year contract. In the event that the appointee does not fulfill the initial one-year contract, the appointee shall be liable to refund the University a proportionate amount of the travel assistance granted to him/her and his/her dependants on appointment.

  6. Foreign PDFs who are granted Singapore Permanent Residence will continue to receive an allowance of S$500 a month as contribution towards housing expenses. The allowance will cease once they acquire Singapore citizenship.
  7. Medical benefits in accordance with the 2007 Medical Benefits Scheme
  8. Holiday leave of 28 days per calendar year
  9. Conference funding support of up to S$3,000 a year, following normal approval procedures, to present research papers in local and overseas conferences.
  10. Research funding from the Academic Research Fund (ARF) in the capacity of Co-principal Investigator or Collaborator, subject to NUS guidelines. For externally funded RPs and special departmental strategic RPs, for projects with clear deliverables ending before the expiry of the PDF contract and with strong support by the Head of Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow may apply for research support as PI or co-PI.
  11. One month's notice for termination or salary in lieu of notice.


The closing date for applications is 30 November for appointments to begin in August of the following year.

Interested applicants should submit the following :

  1. An application form
  2. Curriculum vitae, with a complete list of publications
  3. Academic certificates and transcripts
  4. 2 letters of reference
  5. A research proposal

Vice-Dean (Research)
Division of Graduate Studies (Research)
Dean's Office
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
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Graduate (By Research)

Higher Degrees By Research Admissions

The Department also offers graduate degrees in Architecture [MA(Arch) & Ph.D.] by research.

Candidates wishing to register for the degree of Master of Arts in Architecture [MA(Arch)] or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) should consult the Head of the Department and the University's Graduate Studies handbook. Faculty members of the department act as supervisors to higher degrees' candidates. Regulations governing the award of higher degrees are set out in the University's Statutes and Regulations.

The Department participates in various aspects of research. Faculty members undertake funded research projects and are also engaged in research with external collaborators.

Please click here for admission details, requirements and application forms as well as information on research scholarship.

Statutes and Regulations

The National University of Singapore Statutes pertaining to postgraduate courses at the Department of Architecture are reproduced here for reference only -- Please confirm all information with the actual document, available through the Registrar's Office.


1. (1) For admission as a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts (Architecture), a person must be a graduate of this University or such graduate of another university as the Senate may approve or have obtained the Diploma in Architecture of the Singapore Polytechnic and must normally have been a graduate of at least two years' standing at the date on which he registers as a candidate for the degree.

(2) A candidate must possess a degree in Architecture ordinarily with honours where honours; degrees are not classified, or with at least second class honours where such honours degrees are classified, he/she must also submit evidence of adequate training and ability to undertake the proposed course.

2. The candidate must submit a thesis which must embody the results of an original investigation and is accordingly governed by clauses 7-15 of the Degrees of Master Statute (Statute 21).

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