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CASBS, NUS Partner on New Fellowship

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The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce a new fellowship in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The fellowship, based at CASBS, is sponsored by the NUS Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology), or ODPRT.

The partnership begins on a two-year trial basis. The first NUS Fellow will arrive at CASBS for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional fellows from NUS might be considered in a given year on a space-available basis.

Discussions launched in fall 2016 when CASBS director Margaret Levi traveled to Singapore to meet Professor Ho Teck Hua, NUS Deputy President, Research and Technology. The two principals engaged in follow-up discussions that resulted in an agreement signed in April 2017. CASBS deputy director Sally Schroeder subsequently collaborated with Ivan Png on language details and specifics. Png is Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, a Distinguished Professor in the NUS School of Business, and Professor of Strategy and Policy, Economics, and Information Systems. He earned his PhD at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1985.

As with fellows from all of the Center’s partner programs, NUS fellows will undergo rigorous vetting on both ends. First, leading NUS scholars in the behavioral and social sciences will be nominated internally for international sabbatical fellowships through ODPRT’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Those selected by NUS then will engage CASBS’s standard application process.

The new fellowship at CASBS presents an excellent opportunity for top NUS scholars to expand and deepen collaborations, both across disciplines and across distance, according to Png. He anticipates that NUS fellows at CASBS will contribute rich expertise and experience from an Asian perspective.

“I expect this to be the beginning of a fruitful long-term collaboration between NUS and the Center,” said Png when reached for comment.

The agreement with NUS continues the internationalization of the Center’s activities and outreach. Notably, the new fellowship comes less than a year after CASBS announced a fellowship agreement with Taiwan’s Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center. The first Stanford-Taiwan Social Science fellow arrives in September and joins the 2017-18 CASBS class.

“Though renowned for its fellows program, the Center constantly seeks to attract the highest-quality scholars from a diversity of backgrounds worldwide,” said CASBS’s Schroeder. “The partnership with NUS represents another important step in our efforts to be the convergence point for interdisciplinary social and behavioral science research. We can’t wait to welcome our first NUS fellow in 2018.”

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