This paper presents the novel approaches of designing robust fuzzy static output feedback H ∞ controller for a class of nonlinear singularly perturbed systems. Specifically, the considered system is approximated by a fuzzy singularly perturbed model. With the use of linear matrix inequality (LMI) methods, two methods are provided to design fuzzy static output feedback H ∞ controllers. The resulted controllers can guarantee that the closed-loop systems are asymptotically stable and satisfy H ∞ performances for sufficiently small ϵ. In contrast to the existing results, the proposed approaches have two advantages: (i) the gains of controller are solved directly by a set of ϵ-independent LMIs, and therefore, the problem of selecting the initial values in iterative LMIs algorithm can be avoided, and (ii) the smaller control input efforts are needed. The given methods are easy to implement and can be applied to both standard and nonstandard nonlinear singularly perturbed systems. Two numerical examples are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the developed methods. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.