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    Posted 07-20-2023 09:30




    Are you a PhD student who would be interested in spending anywhere from two weeks to about four weeks conducting research in Singapore with Singapore Management University's Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources group? Or do you know of any such PhD students? The OBHR group at Singapore Management University's Lee Kong Chian School of Business is planning to award a Lim Kim San Fellowship to PhD students who do research in the area of leadership, broadly defined (that is, topics relevant to leaders, including, but not limited to, decision making, negotiation, power, gender, justice, trust, ethics, mindfulness, creativity, and others). The fellow can expect close interaction with their OBHR faculty host and the OBHR group, a collegial environment, and life in an exciting city.

    The ideal applicant will have successfully completed coursework and show great promise as a researcher. Qualified applicants are invited to submit an application, including all elements listed in the Application Procedure section below. The research proposal should be two to three pages single-spaced and describe a specific research project on which the applicant would like to collaborate with a specified LKS faculty host. The cover letter should list any other activities the applicant would like to undertake as a Lim Kim San Fellow, the duration they would like to spend at SMU, the SMU OBHR faculty they would like to collaborate with (their faculty host), as well as anything else they consider relevant. The duration of stay is flexible with a minimum period of two weeks and a recommended period of about four weeks. The starting date should be decided in discussion with the fellow's faculty host, but the visit should be completed before March 31, 2024.

    The successful applicant will carry the title "Lim Kim San Fellow" and will be an integral part of our very collegial OBHR group. Fellows will receive full financial support to cover airfare and accommodation expenses, as well as a per diem to cover daily living expenses. If required, a limited amount of research funding is available. Fellows will have access to our group's subject pool, the school's Behavioral Lab, and the university's online survey system. Lim Kim San Fellows are expected to focus on advancing their research program while collaborating with SMU faculty. Note that there is no opportunity to complete coursework.

    The successful applicant will join one of the most productive groups of OBHR researchers in Asia.  Our group is known for its collegiality, which has contributed to our faculty consistently publishing in top-tier OBHR journals. Our faculty regularly publish in top journals such as the Academy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management JournalJournal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization ScienceStrategic Management JournalProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science.

    Our OBHR faculty are listed on the SMU website. All of us are active researchers, whose interests include affect and well-being, organizational trust, ethics, creativity, leadership, cross-cultural and intercultural management, motivation, power, negotiation, justice, workplace proactivity, and organizational citizenship behaviors, performance appraisal and selection, knowledge management, and decision making, among other topics. 

    The following faculty are accepting fellows in the current fellowship cycle: Professors Kenneth TAI (up to Dec 2023), Jared NAI, Michael SCHAERER, Marko PITESA, Devasheesh BHAVE and Filip LIEVENS.


    We encourage you to submit the application material by 15 September 2023. Review of applications will start after the deadline and continue until the positions have been filled. Based on previous years, we anticipate informing applicants of the outcome in early October..

    Interested students may direct their questions to the program coordinator, Prof Michael Schaerer, at, or to any OBHR faculty member they would like to work with during their visit (i.e., their faculty host). Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, proposal, sample publications (if any), and two reference letters electronically to Grace Tan (


    Singapore Management University's vision is to be a premier university, internationally recognized for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Incorporated in January 2000, SMU is a young, vibrant, US-style research university. We opened a new, US$250 million city campus in downtown Singapore in June 2005. Our faculty publish in the top international journals in their field, and SMU provides them with ample support to do so. Our teaching has already been recognized as distinctive within Asia, owing to our relatively small class sizes, our emphasis on experiential learning across the entire curriculum, and our emphasis on the building of leadership and organizational skills in addition to more technical skills.


    Singapore is a vibrant, safe, modern, and cosmopolitan city-state with a multi-ethnic population of four million. With extensive nature parks (over 23% of the country is devoted to green space) and outdoor activities complementing a major metropolitan city, Singapore offers an ideal setting for work and play. As an indication of its quality, Singapore consistently ranks at or near the top ranking in Top 10-style lists for expatriates to live in. English is the language used for education, business, and government, with large segments of the population speaking Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil as second languages.

    Singapore is a vibrant hub for business, playing host to 5,000 multinational companies; many of the Global 500 companies have located their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. Singapore is also considered a very family-friendly city, with excellent private and public schools. Being at a crossroads within Asia, Singapore offers a broad range of regional recreation and travel opportunities. Finally, and notably, Singapore is a culinary delight!

    Michael Schaerer
    Singapore Management University