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2 Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship (International Economic Law Focus)

National University of Singapore


The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position with a focus on international economic law, commencing in Academic Year 2019/20. We seek applications from those with expertise in international investment law, international trade law, or other areas of international economic law. Applications are particularly sought from those with or interested in developing a research interest in interdisciplinary fields and those looking at the interaction of investment law and/or international trade with issues related to cybersecurity, development, environment, or technology. Of special interest are applicants who are interested in the Asia-Pacific region.

The selection committee will consider the following criteria in making appointments

  1. The applicant must have a doctoral degree obtained since 1 January 2015 in a field of international law or have submitted a doctoral thesis in a field of international law for examination by the date of appointment.
  2. 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.

The successful applicant for AY 2019/20 will be expected to commence the Fellowship at the start of September 2019 and conclude at the end of August 2021.


  1. The Fellow 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.
  2. The Fellow 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.
  3. The Fellow 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’s approval.
  4. The Fellow will be allocated shared office space within CIL. 


  1. The Fellow will develop and carry forward a coherent research programme that ideally has demonstrable impact on the law and policy of international investment, international trade, and/or other areas of international economic affairs.
  2. The Fellow will be expected to conduct research and develop a body of outstanding quality publications of his or her own in well-recognised peer-reviewed outlets.
  3. The Fellow will be expected to work with the researchers in CIL’s Investment Law and Policy programme approximately 50 per cent of the time and contribute significantly to the objectives of that programme.
  4. The Fellow will be expected to present his or her research and give invited papers at academic conferences and may be asked to provide expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and organisations.
  5. The Fellow may be expected to teach or co-teach capacity-building training.
  6. Subject to the standard NUS terms of annual leave, the Fellow will be expected to be in residence throughout the term of their appointment. In addition to annual leave, the Fellow may apply for leave to undertake research and fieldwork overseas, subject to the approval of the CIL Director.

Application Procedure

  1. 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 is attached here.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Closing Date. The closing date for receipt of applications (including the letters of recommendation) for AY2019/20 is 28 February 2019. Applicants will be notified within two months from the closing date of the status of their applications.
  6. 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


About the Centre for International Law

CIL was established in 2009 at the National University of Singapore in response to the growing need for international law expertise, capacity-building and thought leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. CIL is a university-level research centre, with the mission of producing cutting edge research on international law. It is also at the forefront of capacity-building initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region through workshops, conferences, trainings and academic programmes reaching a diverse audience of government and private sector professionals as well as academics. CIL’s main research focus areas are International Dispute Resolution, Investment Law and Policy, Law and Integration in the Asia-Pacific, and Ocean Law and Policy.

Location: Tanglin - Singapore
Salary: SG$72,000
£40,669.20 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th January 2019
Closes: 28th February 2019
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