S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore

The late S R Nathan, Singapore’s sixth and longest-serving President, dedicated his life to public service and the advancement of Singapore. To recognise Mr Nathan’s unique contributions, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) began the process of setting up the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore in late 2012, to fund further research into public policy and governance issues. With generous support from individual and corporate donors, IPS successfully raised around S$5.9 million (including the matching government grant) in 2013 to endow the Fellowship.

Scope and Field of Study

The S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore is tenable for a period of one year. The S R Nathan Fellow will be appointed at the start of each academic year at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and will advance the core mission of IPS by contributing to the research and analysis of public policy; building bridges between key thought leaders; and communicating the Institute’s work to a wider audience. Research topics pursued by the S R Nathan Fellow will be relevant to the Institute’s work in the following broad areas:

  • Politics and Governance

  • Economy and Business

  • Demography and Family

  • Society and Identity

  • Arts, Culture and Media

The S R Nathan Fellow will present their research findings and policy ideas to the public by delivering four to six lectures during the course of the academic year. To be known as the “IPS-Nathan Lectures”, these will be delivered at the main campus of NUS so as to be as accessible as possible to undergraduates and the wider community. The lectures will aim to enrich the already-vibrant intellectual and cultural life on campus, by advancing public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest.

The IPS-Nathan Lectures will subsequently be published under the auspices of IPS.

For more information on the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore, please contact Ms Regine Tan at  decb64_aXBzLnNybmZAbnVzLmVkdS5zZw==_decb64 or 6601-5730.


Donors to the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore
Tote Board Fraser and Neave, Limited
Lee Foundation Keppel Care Foundation
Alan H J Chan Kwee Liong Keng
Far East Organization Resorts World Sentosa Pte Ltd
Singapore Telecommunications Limited Rolls-Royce plc
CapitaLand Limited Shaw Foundation
Ho Bee Foundation Pan-United Corporation Ltd
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited Roche Singapore Pte Ltd
NTUC Fairprice Foundation Ltd Standard Chartered Bank
NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited STMicroelectronics
Koh Boon Hwee Tan Ser Kiat
Hasetrale Holdings Pte Ltd Jimmy Tay
Tee Yih Jia Group Tecity Group
United Overseas Bank City Gas Pte Ltd (As Trustee)
Baxter International Inc. Janadas Devan
BNP Paribas, Singapore Branch Eu Yan Sang International Ltd
Tony Chew Fang Ai Lian
Timothy C M Chia KPMG
City Developments Limited Robert Lewis
Deloitte Singapore Lim Siong Guan
EnGro Corporation Limited Meiban Investment Pte Ltd
Hotel Properties Limited PwC Singapore
Kah Hong Pte. Limited SL Global Pte Ltd
MCL Land Limited Star Ready-Mix Pte Ltd
Mercatus Co-operative Limited Tat Hong Holdings Ltd
NTUC Choice Homes Co-operative Limited The Royal Bank of Scotland
NTUC Club CH2M Hill Singapore Pte Ltd
NTUC Foodfare Co-operative Limited JURONG International Holdings Pte Ltd
OUE Limited