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
  • “Real world” experiences – embeds reflection and interaction with practitioners and communities in the field
  • Learning – connects to personal passions and interests, academic pursuits, and/or career explorations

Timeline for AY2018/2019

1 January 2019: Application opens

28 February 2019: Application closes

Mid March 2019: Results announced

April 2019: Pre-departure orientation for overseas projects

May – August 2019: Commence project during summer break

12 August 2019: Final report due

*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

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

SIF Proposal Template: SIF_Proposal_Project Name_Year

SIF Budget Template: SIF_Budget_Project Name_Year

More information on the evaluation criteria can be accessed here.


3. Project proposal review

Attend a short interview to present your project and ideas to a review committee.


4. Commence project

Time to put all that planning into action over the summer break.


5. Wrapping up

Submit a final report by the first week of the new academic year in fall. See timeline for the exact date.