Research Associate / Fellow, CIL ASEAN Research Fellowship Programme

20 Jun 2022
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18 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Research Associate / Fellowship:

The NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) is launching the CIL ASEAN Research Fellowship Programme (ARF) for Oceans Law and Policy. The objective of the ARF is to further develop research capabilities and knowledge of scholars and/or government officials from ASEAN member states by immersing them in a dynamic and supportive research environment where they can enhance their understanding of oceans law and policy. 

The ARF Programme (Oceans Law and Policy) provides an exciting opportunity to engage with and learn from other oceans law and policy scholars and experts in the CIL Oceans Law and Policy Team.  CIL may also provide the ARF with other opportunities to attend regional and international conferences, workshops and symposiums as well as other scholarly opportunities. 

The CIL ARF Programme ((Oceans Law and Policy) invites candidates from one of the ASEAN member states to come and spend between 6 and 12 months at CIL to engage in research in oceans law and policy and other related scholarly activities. If selected, the ARF will be expected to research and write on topics related to oceans law and policy under the guidance of the Programme, Emeritus Professor Prof Robert Beckman and/or other senior members of the Oceans Law and Policy Team. The ARF may also be expected to help with organization of conferences and workshops related to their scholarly work. The key deliverable of the ARF is a research paper which the ARF will be expected to present at the end of the Programme. 

CIL welcomes applicants who have an LLM in public international law and/or maritime law and who have working experience in an academic research institute, international organization or government agency. Government officials from ASEAN member states with the relevant experience are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Minimum Requirements:

  • An LLM in international law and related fields; or an advanced degree in a discipline related to public international law and/or oceans law and policy; 
  • At least 2 years working experience; 
  • Demonstrable interest and/or experience in oceans law and policy; 
  • Must be from an ASEAN Member State; 
  • Must have working knowledge of English.

About CIL:

The Centre for International Law (CIL) was established in 2009 as a university-level research institute at National University of Singapore (NUS). It is located on the Bukit Timah Campus of NUS, together with the Faculty of Law. As a university-level research institute, CIL engages in both legal and multi-disciplinary research on wide variety of international law issues. Its mission is to enable Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to play a more significant role in the promotion and development of international law. CIL's vision is to become a regional intellectual hub and thought leader for research on and teaching of international law. More on CIL can be found here: 

About the Oceans Law and Policy Team:

Ocean Law & Policy is one of CIL’s core programme areas and was established over 10 years ago. The Members of CIL’s Ocean Law & Policy team currently conduct research on a broad range of cutting-edge ocean law and policy issues of interest to Singapore, the region and the international community, including maritime security, marine environment, climate change and law of the sea, biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, maritime disputes, technology and the law of the sea, deep seabed mining, fisheries and submarine cables. CIL researchers go on to a variety of positions in government, academia and international organizations. For more information on the OLP’s team’s research activities, please see  

Applications open 6 June 2022 and close on 15 July 2022.

  1. 1. Interested applicants are invited to apply online by 15 July 2022 with a:
  • covering letter detailing their experience, why they want to work at CIL under the ARF Programme and any particular research interests; 
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) setting out their educational and work history; 
  • 1 sample of written work; 
  • The names and details of 1 Referee. 

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than 1 August 2022. Interview will be conducted via Zoom. 

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Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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