Student-led Social Initiatives

Social Impact Fellowship

Have a great idea or project that can help you learn this summer while tackling a community issue head-on? Want to design and pursue your own independent project? Here’s how we can help you make it happen!

If you have any questions or need help with your application materials, please contact Yock Theng at

About the Social Impact Fellowship

The Social Impact Fellowship (SIF) is a small grant intended to fund short to medium-term student initiatives that raise awareness of a social issue, or advance a solution to a social challenge.

Funding is available for student-driven projects that integrate the following outcomes:

  • Community impact – makes a difference to a community (Yale-NUS or beyond), by raising awareness of an issue or advancing a solution to a community problem
  • Engagement – embeds interaction with practitioners and communities
  • Sustainability – addresses longer-term impact and capacity building

Application Timelines 

1 January: Application opens

28 February: Application closes

Mid March: Results announced

April: Pre-departure orientation for overseas projects

May – August: Commence project during summer break. Undertake regular reflections throughout.

September: Complete SIF evaluation, meet CIPE coordinator for post project debrief and request for partner feedback

*Students who are pursuing study abroad in Japan or Germany in Sem 2 should contact separately.

**Students who are pursuing study abroad in Yale are encouraged to explore resources at Dwight Hall when putting together their application.

Please contact  with any queries.


Have Questions?
Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about leadership development, civic engagement and social impact bootcamp.

  • Application steps
  • Eligibility and Requirements
  • Past Projects
  • Resources

1. Getting started

Read this website to familiarise yourself with the details about Social Impact Fellowship.

Complete and submit the Idea Introduction Form to tell us about your project.

You will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your form.


2. Project development and review

Once you have met with a CIPE advisor, complete and submit the following documents to

SIF Proposal Template: SIF_Project Title_Name_Year

SIF Budget Template: SIF_Project Title(Budget)_Name_Year

More information on the evaluation criteria can be accessed here.

If needed, you will be asked to work with the CIPE advisor to strengthen your application.

3. Commence project

Once your proposal has been approved, it is time to put all your planning into action over summer.

Submit all the necessary paperwork before commencement. Undertake regular reflections as you undertake the project.


4. Wrapping up

Complete a CIPE evaluation. Meet the CIPE advisor for a final debrief. Request for partner feedback. Present your work at upcoming Social Impact panels or events.