Summer Research Opportunities

Programmes to pursue funded research in Singapore and overseas.

  • SRP
  • Research at Yale
  • Research at Harvard

The Yale-NUS College Summer Research Programme (SRP) enables Yale-NUS students to pursue funded research in Singapore or overseas during the summer vacation period. First, second and third-year students may apply for the SRP to conduct full-time, appropriately structured research for 8-10 weeks or longer. Projects can be faculty-led or student-initiated.

SRP includes a pre-programme orientation and summer workshops that help participants build relevant research skills, bond with fellow participants and supervisors and reflect about the role of research in their future plans. After the programme, all participants are required to attend a research symposium in September and present about their work to peers, faculty, staff and external guests.

2019 Summer Research Symposium Activities Schedule

The SRP application deadline is 15 February.

See below for more information about the two types of SRP opportunities. For any questions, contact the SRP coordinator Zhana Sandeva.

Faculty-Led Research Projects (For 1st and 2nd-year students)

Faculty-led research projects provide first and second-year Yale-NUS College students with foundational research experience in the humanities, sciences and social sciences and deepen their understanding of the day-to-day realities of a research career. Under the mentorship of Yale-NUS professors, students work on a range of research activities, such as survey development and administration, experimental design, lab work, fieldwork, archival research and data analysis.

Number of spots: The number depends entirely on the number of available faculty-led projects , which varies every year. Typically, there are at least 15-20 projects, each of which can engage 1 or more students.

Eligibility. Full-time students at Yale-NUS College who are in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply.

Duration and commitment. Selected students are expected to work 35-40 hours a week for at least 8 consecutive weeks.

Funding. See the SRP Funding section below.

Deadline: 15 February (Round 1); End of February (Round 2, for projects that are still open after Round 1).

How to Apply: Before applying, students should meet with the faculty member leading their project(s) of choice in order to understand expectations and work duties, and determine whether the project aligns with their academic, professional and personal goals. Projects will be posted on Symplicity in late January. Students should apply directly on Symplicity with a separate application for every project of interest. It’s advisable to apply to only one or two projects, unless the student has very strong reasons to apply for more. The application requires a tailored CV/resume and an SRP application form; some faculty may require additional materials.

Timeline and Process
15 February: Application deadline (Round 1)
End February: Application deadline (Round 2, for projects that are still open after Round 1. Usually, those are no more than 1-2 projects)
By 15 March: Results notification for Round 1 applicants. Applicants may be notified at different times, depending on the number of applicants for each project and the faculty supervisor’s availability to interview and select applicants.
1 week after notification: Deadline for accepted Round 1 applicants to accept or decline the offer to join the SRP.
31 March: Deadline for Round 1 confirmed participants to finalise and confirm project dates and location(s). Results notification for Round 2 applicants.
7 April: Deadline for accepted Round 2 applicants to confirm or decline the offer to join the SRP.
15 April: Deadline for Round 1 confirmed participants to sign their programme Letter of Award. Deadline for Round 2 confirmed participants to finalise and confirm project dates and location(s).
Late April: Mandatory pre-programme orientation. Deadline for Round 2 confirmed participants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
8-12 weeks between May-early August: SRP takes place. After confirming their project dates, students must commit for the full project duration.
September: Summer Research Symposium. All SRP participants are expected to attend and present their work.

Programme Requirements: Singapore-based participants are expected to attend the organised cohort events. After the programme, all participating students are required to present about their work at a research symposium in Semester 1.

Questions: Contact the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva.

Student-Initiated Research Projects (For 1st, 2nd and 3rd-year students)

NOTE: Capstone projects are not fundable through this programme. However, the project pursued may afterwards evolve into a capstone project or generate ideas for it.Students with a keen interest and some prior experience in research are encouraged to craft a proposal for a summer research activity, with a supervisor’s help and guidance. The project can be designed by the student or be part of a larger project, led by a faculty member or another professional. Student-initiated projects are an excellent opportunity to learn how to to design, write and execute a compelling research proposal in advance of the fourth-year capstone project.

Number of spots: There is no minimum or cap for the number of students who can be selected for student-initiated project support. Selection is based entirely on project merit and feasibility.

Eligibility. Full-time Yale-NUS College students in their first, second or third year of study are eligible to apply. Priority is normally given to second- and third-year students.

Eligible research activities. Student-initiated research activities may be in any field of study. SRP-fundable research activities include, but are not limited to:
– A discrete, individual project that is part of a larger faculty-led research project in a laboratory, field, archival or other setting;
– Participation in a summer research programme at another university or other external organisation. For a sample list of programmes, see the “Other Programmes” tab above;
– A student-designed project, supervised by a faculty member or another professional with relevant expertise.

Capstone projects are not fundable through this programme.

Criteria. Selection criteria include academic rigour, strong relevance to the applicant’s future personal or career plans, skill- and knowledge-building potential, appropriate length, focus and feasibility, budget and safety. For more details and application tips, see “Programme Resources” below.

Funding. See the SRP Funding section below.

Deadline: 15 February.

How to Apply: Before applying, students are strongly encouraged to meet with the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva to discuss their project idea and receive feedback. Since supervisor support is required, students are also expected to approach and secure a supervisor, and to discuss their project proposal with the supervisor before submitting their application. Some application materials are due on Symplicity, while others should be submitted directly to CIPE. See the Symplicity posting “Summer Research Program: Student-Initiated Projects” for a detailed timeline and application instructions.

Deliverables: All students on the SRP are required to present their work at the Summer Research Symposium in the following semester. Students are also welcome to produce additional final products, e.g. a paper, an artwork, a documentary.

Programme Resources
Getting Started on a Student-Initiated Research Project
How to Write a Successful Research Project Proposal
Evaluation Criteria for Student-Initiated Projects

Timeline and Process
15 February: Application deadline
End February: Results notification. Applicants may be accepted, conditionally accepted or not accepted.
1 week after notification: Deadline for accepted applicants to accept or decline the offer to join SRP.
15 March: Deadline for confirmed participants to finalise and confirm their project dates and location(s). Deadline for conditionally accepted applicants to submit updated application materials.
By 22 March: Results notification for conditionally accepted applicants.
31 March: Deadline for newly accepted applicants to accept or decline the offer to join SRP.
7 April: Deadline for newly confirmed participants to finalise and confirm their project dates and location(s).
15 April: Deadline for all confirmed participants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
Late April: Mandatory pre-programme orientation. Deadline for conditionally accepted applicants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
4-12 weeks between May-early August: SRP takes place. After confirming their project dates with CIPE, students are expected to commit for the full project duration. Students who are based in Singapore are expected to attend SRP summer workshops.
September: Summer Research Symposium. All SRP participants are expected to attend and present their work.

SRP Funding

Living Expenses. Students on the SRP receive support towards housing, meals, and local transport, subject to a location-based funding cap (below). They are expected to cover visa, airfare and personal expenses on their own. Limited need-based aid is available for airfare.

Location Maximum funding amount
North America S$5000
Europe S$4000
Singapore and Hong Kong See below
Africa & South America S$3000
Asia (excl. Singapore and Hong Kong) S$2000

All students on Singapore-based or Hong Kong-based projects receive living expenses support of S$125/week. In addition, students with no access to local housing receive housing support of S$200/week. Students who are staying off-campus in Singapore (outside of Yale-NUS and NUS) and/or whose project requires them to commute are also eligible for a transport allowance of S$25/week.

Research Expenses. Students on faculty-led projects in all locations receive support to cover research-related expenses (lab supplies, software, textbooks, etc.) Students on student-initiated research projects may request funding for expenses directly related to their research (stationery, lab consumables, textbooks, software, compensation for research subjects, etc.), which will be provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on availability, project needs, and project merit. Students are encouraged to consult with the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva in advance about their project budget.

Update: 20 November 2018