CIL invites applications for Post‐Doctoral Fellowship positions commencing in Academic Year 2019/20.  

We seek applications from those with expertise in international economic law or international trade law, international investment law, comparative constitutional law, and law and transnational crime. Applications are particularly sought from those with or interested in developing a research interest in the emerging trade and investment regime in the Asia‐Pacific region, notably the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans‐Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or the Belt and Road initiative. 

The selection committee will consider the following criteria in making appointments: 

  1. The applicant must be of exceptional caliber, having attained a doctoral degree in a field of international law, completed and examined between 1 January 2015 and 30 April 2017. 
  1. The principal selection criterion will be the applicant’s potential for excellence in research and his or her proposed programme of research. A proven record of publication and participation in research projects will be the primary evidence of such potential. 

Successful applicants for AY 2019/20 will be expected to commence their Fellowships at the start of September 2019 and conclude at the end of August 2021. 



  • Fellows will be appointed to the full‐time position of Post‐Doctoral Fellow at CIL on a two‐year contract, with a fixed annual remuneration of S$72,000. This all‐in sum is inclusive of stipends for housing and living expenses. 
  • Fellows will be reimbursed for one return economy class airfare (by the most economical, safest and direct route) up to a maximum of S$2,000 to and from Singapore. 
  • Fellows will be allocated a minimum budget of S$3,000 to support attendance at regional and international conferences, with additional amounts subject to CIL Director approval. 
  • Fellows will be allocated shared office space within CIL. 



  • Fellows will develop and carry forward a coherent research programme that ideally has demonstrable impact on economic integration and/or wider trade and investment relations in the region. 
  • Fellows will be expected to conduct research and develop a body of outstanding quality publications of their own in well‐recognised peer‐reviewed outlets. 
  • Fellows will be expected to work with the researchers in CIL’s Law and Integration in the Asia Pacific programme approximately 50 per cent of the time and contribute significantly to the objectives of that programme. 
  • Fellows are expected to present their research and give invited papers at academic conferences and may be asked to provide expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and organisations. 
  • Fellows may be expected to teach or co‐teach capacity‐building training. 
  • Subject to the standard NUS terms of annual leave, Fellows will be expected to be in residence throughout the term of their appointment. In addition to annual leave, Fellows may apply for leave to undertake research and fieldwork overseas, subject to the approval of the CIL Director. 


Application Procedure: 

  • Application Form. The application form should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents, including a copy of the Doctoral Certification (if applicable) or Status Letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application form may be downloaded here. 
  • Curriculum Vitae. Applicants must include a full curriculum vitae containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honours, awards, publications and professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions). 
  • Research Proposal. Also required is a detailed research proposal outlining the two‐year research plan including the expected deliverables and the projected contribution to the field of inquiry. The title of the proposal should clearly indicate the nature of the research plan. 
  • Letters of Recommendation. The application must be supported by two written references from academic referees. Applicants should arrange for the references to be sent to the address below by the closing date. 
  • Closing Date. Applications are open all year. The closing date for receipt of applications (including the letters of recommendation) for AY2019/20 is 30 November 2018. Applicants will be notified within two months from the closing date of the status of their applications. 
  • Submission. All application materials should be addressed to the following: 

Ms Sadhna Rai / Ms Yvonne Lee (HR) Centre for International Law National University of Singapore  

469A Bukit Timah Road 

Tower Block, #09‐01 
Singapore 259770 
Email: cil.fellowship@nus.edu.sg 

For official notification – Click here.


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