Asian Graduate Student Fellowships

The Asian Graduate Student Fellowships (formerly known as the ASEAN Research Scholars Programme) are offered to graduate students from Asian countries working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Asian topics, and allows the recipients to be based at NUS for a period of two and a half months. The aim of the fellowships is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The graduate students take up their appointments from May to July each year.

As part of their programme at NUS, Asian Graduate students are given an opportunity to present a synopsis of their research and to describe how their stay at NUS has affected their intellectual development. The graduate students arrive on campus each year on May 16 and leave on July 31st. The presentations are scheduled at the end of July before they leave, in order to give the academic community here the chance to provide feedback such as additional sources which they could beneficially consult during the time remaining to them to be here.


Past years students: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
18 May to 27 June 2015

ABID Muhammad Husnul is an MA student in Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. He obtained his BA degree in Arabic literature from the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University. His research interests include Jambi and Malay studies, especially in history, adat, and culture of the area. He is also an editor of Seloko, a journal dedicated for Jambi studies, and co-founder and committe of the International Conference on Jambi Studies (ICJS). His current research topic is “Local Newspapers in Post-New Order Indonesia: The Case of Jambi-Sumatra”.



ADITYA Eko Adrianto is currently pursuing his MA in Cultural Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia where he also earned his BA in English Literature in 2010. His previous research focused on androcentrism in popular novel, which he investigated through vocalization of narrator. His current research topic is related to surveillance and social practice in social networking website. The aim is to find a structure within the social practice making the website’s users change their personalities.



BOONREAK Kunnawut is an MA candidate in Social Sciences and Development at Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Burapha University, Thailand. After being an assistant researcher for 2 years, currently he is working on his thesis about the Rohingya Diaspora in Thai-Burma Borderland focusing on identity construction and economic survival strategy of the Rohingya community. He is also a journalist and making an ethnographic film concerning ethnic minorities and transnational migrants.



BUABAN Jesada is now an M.A. student of Southeast Asian Studies Program, Walailak University, Southern Thailand. He graduated BA degree in Religious Studies from Mahidol University. He is currently writing the thesis on Religion and Translocality: The Propagation of Thai Buddhism in Indonesia by Dhammayutta Missionary Monks



CHOTISUT Kridsana is currently studying in Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies, at School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University. His interest lies in collective memory on 'hero' in Southeast Asia. Accordingly, the interest constructs his research that titled "Aung San: Collective Memory of Burmese Labors in Ranong Province", which focuses on Burmese labors' memory on nation-building hero.



DANIA Maya is a master degree student of Southeast Asian Studies program at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok – Thailand). She is currently conducting her final research about war and women in Southeast Asia. She holds a BA degree in Philosophy, Faculty at Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta – Indonesia) and she has been working on human rights issue as her academic interest. During her studies in Thailand, she worked as an intern in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office (Regional Hub) in Bangkok and supports the UN agenda for defending human rights for minority groups.



De GUZMAN Mylene T. is currently pursuing her MS in Geography at the University of the Philippines - Diliman, where she has also earned her BSc degree in Geography (cum laude) in 2008. She is currently a faculty member at the Department of Geography in the said university. She has done research on gender geographies, lesbian identity, food geographies, and labor geographies. Her master's thesis is on sexual orientation-based discrimination of lesbians in call centers in Metro Manila.



FAUNILLAN Aimee Curso is currently a Master of Arts in English at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, where she also teaches literature courses full-time at the Department of English Language and Literature. Her thesis, which centres on the postmodern novel termed as historiographic metafiction, endeavours to reveal the counter-memory to Philippine Marcosian history produced by the novel Eating Fire and Drinking Water by Filipino-Chinese author Arlene J. Chai. An aspiring creative writer, she occasionally dabbles in the craft, with several of her poems and essays featured in a major newspaper, a nationally-distributed family magazine, and a journal on Mindanaoan works in the Philippines.



IDA Fitri Astuti is currently an MA student in the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the same university. At present, she is working as news-reader for Radio Sonora FM 97,4 –Kompas Gramedia Group. Also she is coordinator of Wednesday Forum organized by ICRS-CRCS UGM, a weekly academic space for disseminating research findings and exposing ideas on religious, cultural, humanities and social science. Her research interests include tourism, heritage, culture, social transformation and international relations examined through religious studies perspective.



KIPGEN Thanggoulen is currently a PhD scholar in the Department of Sociology at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India. He obtained his BA degree in Sociology in 2009 and MA degree in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, NEHU in 2011. He was a gold medallist in both BA and MA degree. His PhD topic is “Tribal Migrants in an Urban Centre: A Sociological Study of the Kukis in Delhi”. For the Asian Graduate Student fellowship at NUS, he will conduct research on the Kuki migrants in Singapore. He hopes the fellowship will allow him to utilize the wide range of resources and facilities available at NUS to develop his research, particularly on ‘sociology of migration’.



KONTHOUJAM Sarda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. She is working on understanding and analysing India-ASEAN relations in the context of changing regional economic and security scenario. She has a background in English Literature, Journalism and Human Rights and worked as a journalist before getting an M.A degree in Politics and International Relations from Pondicherry University, India, in 2012.



LEGO Jera Beah H. is a PhD Candidate at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo where she is working on her dissertation problematizing the construction of the refugee category in the absence of national asylum frameworks in Thailand and Malaysia. She has an MA in Political Science from Keio University in Tokyo as well as an MA Japanese Studies from Ateneo de Manila University. She was a Foreign Affairs Researcher at the Philippine Foreign Service Institute for five years and is currently affiliated with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at ICU as a Research Associate.



LOH Jen May pursues her MA in English literature at University of Malaya. She graduated from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia and majored in English. Her MA thesis surveys Malaysian fiction in English in terms of postcolonial issues. Her current project attempts to analyse the identity of Chinese diasporic community within Malayan fiction in English using theories from the field of narratology.



PAOBPHET Pongsakorn was born in 1990 at Lopburi Province, Thailand. He received his Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from Naresuan University at Phitsanulok Province. He is currently doing his Master of Arts (Thai History) in Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. He is working on his thesis on “The Irrigation System Development in Chao Phraya River Basin between 1945 to 1963”. His research interests is about the step of Thailand Irrigation, Thai Economic, The international relationship, the improvement of Thai Royal Irrigation Department, and The policies of irrigation by Thai Government on 19th century to the beginning of 20th century.



PIOCOS Carlos M. III is a PhD student at Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Southeast Asian literature and film with particular focus on affects of nationalism and body politics in transnational context of migration. He earned his MA degree in Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, through the auspices of Ford Fellowship, and BA Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He used to be a literature and creative writing instructor. He writes poetry in Tagalog, which won several awards in national literary competitions. His first book of poems, Corpus, was published in 2010 by University of Sto. Tomas Press.



PRANUGRAHANING Agnes R is currently a MA student of Anthropology Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University. She holds a BA degree in anthropology. Before pursuing her MA degree, she worked in marketing and consumer insight research area. Currently, she is interested in tourism and social transformation topics, both in rural and urban society. Her anthropological background and business research experiences encourages her to explore more about how the tourism industry influence the livelihood of a society and how the community responds to it. This interest is reflected in her thesis that explores how the society in Javanese Kampong in Jogjakarta responds to the development of a massive tourism industry in their neighbourhood. She is not only passionate in social research, business and management development, socio-cultural dynamics, but also travel and underwater life.



QUIZON Juan Miguel Leandro L. is a graduate student under the MA Literary and Cultural Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University. His research interest revolves around the reproduction of urban spaces, specifically temporal and liminal public spaces. He is currently conducting a comparative analysis between two Southeast Asian international airports – Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Singapore’s Changi International Airport – using efficiency as mode of comparison. He is also an instructor in Don Bosco Technical College-Mandaluyong’s General Education Department and was a national fellow under programs: the J. Elizalde Navarro Workshop for Criticism of the Arts and the Humanities in 2014, and KRITIKA: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism in 2015.



RAMAYAN April Jade A. is a student of Masters of Arts in English at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Philippines. She is a faculty at XU’s English Department where she teaches language and literature in the tertiary level. Her interest in Philippine postcolonial and folk literature began when she was an AB English student at Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology. Currently, her research examines the power of gossip to forge an ‘alternative history’ of the subjugated identities in Negros Occidental Philippines.



RUZOL Clarissa Del Rosario graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a BA degree in Anthropology. She is now pursuing MS Environmental Science in the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Her thesis research tackles network analysis of interactions within and among local governments regarding river pollution. This study hopes to contribute to the realization of a river basin-level collaborative water governance. She is also actively engaged in research under the School of Environmental Science and Management, UPLB. Some of her interests include environmental policy, climate change adaptation, cultural ecosystem services, traditional ecological knowledge, and applications of social network analysis.



SAM Rany is a PhD candidate in the School of Educational Studies, University of Science Malaysia (USM) since 2011. He obtained his LL.M in International Business Law and Corporate Counsel from the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), Cambodia in 2007. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis on “The Influence of Institutional Factors and Integration towards Students’ Academic and Intellectual Developments: A Case Study in Cambodian Public Universities”. He is also a lecturer of law in the University of Battambang (UBB), Cambodia since 2008. His areas of interests includes international sale of goods, public policy and administration, Cambodian history, higher education administration, and educational assessment.



SARAH Rosemery Megumi was born in 1990 in Nagasaki, Japan. She graduated with a BA Degree from State University of Jakarta (Universitas Negeri Jakarta) in 2013. Now she is pursuing her Master Degree in The Departement of Coastal Resources Management, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Diponegoro University. She is now starting writing thesis about Coastal Resources Management and Sea with special emphasis on Introduction of Coastal Conservation Education for Elementary Student in the Pari Island, Seribu Islands, Indonesia.



SHEN Haoting is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies , National Chi Nan University in Taiwan. He also obtained his M.A. there. His research interests include modern Chinese language theatre and postwar history in Singapore. He is working on his Ph.D. dissertation, with a focus on Cold War Culture and Chinese language theatre in Singapore (1965–1976).



SULFIA Lilin Nurindah Sari is a graduate student in Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies (CRCS) at University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She obtained her BA degree in Comparative Religion at Islamic State University of Sunan Ampel, Surabaya. Her BA thesis is the theology of Hare Khrisna. Now, she is on the stage of writing her master thesis, with the title “mediating religion and local culture, the dynamic of Muslims’ perspective on local tradition.” Her research interests include: religious conflict, conflict resolution and human right.



TRUONG Quang Hoang was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1988. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy from School of Economics and Business, Vietnam National University in 2010. After his graduation, he has worked as the researcher of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) from 2011 up to the present. His major research areas include economic integration issues in ASEAN; ASEAN’s economic cooperation with its important trading partners; Thai economy; Thai-Vietnam economic relations. In 2013, he was granted a “Chulalongkorn University Scholarship for ASEAN Countries” Scholarship to pursue his Master’s Degree in Thai Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University He has also published a number of papers in specialized journals such as Southeast Asian studies, Northeast Asian Studies; Vietnam review of India and Asia. In March 2015, he was awarded the “Asian Graduate Student Fellowship” to carry out his research on “The structure of commodity trade between Thailand and Vietnam (2004-2013)” at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore from 18 May to 26 June 2015.



WONG Samson is PhD Candidate at the Department of Visual Studies at Hong Kong’s Lingnan University, researching on Community Art. He is part of the community art organization Art for All, where he works with people of different backgrounds and advantages since 2001. Samson studied Arts Management and Music History & Culture at the University of Toronto and received his Masters of Worldview Studies from ICS Toronto. In addition to being a saxophonist, guitarist and choir bassist throughout high school and university, his exposure in stage production, community theatre and exhibition production enables him to bring together artists of different media in collaborative community art.



YULIANTI is a PhD candidate based at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta in the project "The Making of Religious Tradition in Indonesia: History and Heritage in Global Perspective (1600-1940)", jointly organized by Leiden University and Gadjah Mada University. Her dissertation is Producing Buddhism in modern Indonesia (ca. 1930s- 1950s): South and Southeast Asian networks and local agencies.