Summer Research Programme

The Summer Research Programme (SRP) enables Yale-NUS students to pursue funded summer research in Singapore or overseas.

First, second and third-year students may apply for the SRP to conduct full-time, appropriately structured research for a meaningful time period – usually 8-10 consecutive weeks. Opportunities are either led by Yale-NUS faculty or initiated by the students themselves.

SRP includes a pre-programme orientation and cohort events during the summer that aim to build relevant research presentation skills, connect participants to potential mentors, build stronger bonds among students and supervisors and encourage reflection about the role of research in today’s world and in the students’ own future plans.

All SRP participants in a given year are required to attend a research symposium in early Semester 1, where they present their work to peers, faculty and other members of the College community. See the video below for highlights from the Summer Research Symposium 2017.

The deadline to apply for SRP 2018 is Sunday 11 February 2018.

See below for more information about SRP opportunities, other research opportunities at Yale-NUS, and external research programmes that qualify for SRP funding.

For any questions, contact the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.

Faculty-Led Research Projects

Faculty-led research projects provide first- and second-year Yale-NUS College students with foundational research experience in the sciences and social sciences, allowing them to 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, labwork, fieldwork, archival research and data analysis.

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

Project Duration. Selected students are expected to work 35-40 hours a week for 8-10 consecutive weeks.

Programme Support for Living Expenses. Students 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.

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

All students on Singapore-based projects receive living expenses support of S$125/week. In addition, international students receive housing support of S$200/week. Students who are staying off-campus (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.

Programme Support for Research Expenses. Students on projects in all locations receive support to cover research-related expenses (lab supplies, software, books, etc.).

Timeline and Process
11 February 2018: Application deadline (Round 1)
28 February 2018: 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 2018: 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 SRP.
31 March 2018: Deadline for Round 1 confirmed participants to finalise and confirm project dates and location(s). Results notification for Round 2 applicants.
7 April 2018: Deadline for accepted Round 2 applicants to confirm or decline the offer to join SRP.
15 April 2018: 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 2018: Mandatory pre-programme orientation. Deadline for Round 2 confirmed participants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
8-12 weeks between 14 May and 5 August 2018: SRP takes place. After confirming their project dates with CIPE, students are expected to commit for the full project duration.
September 2018 (date TBC): Summer Research Symposium. All SRP participants are expected to attend and present their work.

Before Applying: Students are strongly encouraged to 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 long-term academic, professional and personal goals.

How to Apply: 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 is advisable to apply only to one or two faculty-led projects, unless the student has very compelling reasons to apply for more.

Required application materials are a tailored CV/resume and the completed SRP 2018 Faculty-led Project Application Form.

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.

Student-Initiated Research Projects

NOTE: The deadline for Student-Initiated Research Projects has been extended to 18 February 2018.

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.

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.

Proposed research activity. Examples of student-initiated 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 structured summer research programme at a university or other external organisation. For a sample list of such programmes, see “Other Research Opportunities” below;
– A student-designed project, supervised by a faculty member or another professional with relevant expertise.

Project proposals can be in any field of study.

Criteria. Project 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.

Programme Support for Living Expenses. Selected project proposals will receive funding for accommodation, meals and local transport, up to the funding caps stated below. Programme participants are expected to cover overseas airfare, visa and personal expenses on their own. Limited need-based aid for airfare is available.

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

All students pursuing a Singapore-based project receive living expenses support of S$125/week. In addition, international students receive housing support of S$200/week. Students who are staying off-campus and/or whose project requires them to commute are also eligible for a transport allowance of S$25/week. The support levels are the same as those for students on faculty-led projects in Singapore.

Programme Support for Research Expenses. Funding for expenses directly related to the student’s research (stationery, lab consumables, textbooks, software, compensation for research subjects, etc.) is considered separately and provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on availability, project needs, and project merit.

Timeline and Process
18 February 2018: Application deadline *EXTENDED*
28 February 2018: Results notification. Applicants may be accepted, conditionally accepted or not accepted.
7 March 2018: Deadline for accepted applicants to accept or decline the offer to join SRP.
15 March 2018: Deadline for confirmed participants to finalise and confirm their project dates and location(s). Deadline for conditionally accepted applicants to submit updated application materials.
22 March 2018: Results notification for conditionally accepted applicants.
31 March 2018: Deadline for newly accepted applicants to accept or decline the offer to join SRP.
7 April 2018: Deadline for newly confirmed participants to finalise and confirm their project dates and location(s).
15 April 2018: Deadline for all confirmed participants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
Late April 2018: Mandatory pre-programme orientation. Deadline for conditionally accepted applicants to sign their programme Letter of Award.
4-12 weeks between 14 May and 5 August 2018: SRP takes place. After confirming their project dates with CIPE, students are expected to commit for the full project duration.
September 2018 (date TBC): Summer Research Symposium. All SRP participants are expected to attend and present their work.

Before Applying: Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva in advance to discuss their project idea and receive feedback. Since supervisor support is required, students are also expected to meet with their prospective supervisor at least once before submitting their application.

How to Apply. Students should submit application materials 1-4 through the Symplicity posting “Summer Research Program – Student-Initiated Projects” and request their (co-) supervisor to submit the remaining materials directly to CIPE. For detailed instructions, see “Programme Resources” at the bottom of this section.

  1. Completed SRP 2018 Student-Initiated Project Application Form
  2. Completed SRP Budget Sheet
  3. An unofficial transcript, generated through myISIS
  4. A tailored CV or resume (See CV Sample – Research and Resume Sample)
  5. The completed SRP 2018 Supervisor Support Form. The supervisor should email the form directly to Zhana Sandeva with the subject line “SRP Supervisor Support Form for [Student Name]”.
  6. An email endorsement from a Yale-NUS co-supervisor. This is required only if the primary supervisor is not from Yale-NUS College. The endorsement should confirm the project’s academic merit and the student’s ability to carry out the project successfully. The co-supervisor should send the email endorsement directly to Zhana Sandeva with the subject line “SRP Co-supervisor Endorsement for [Student Name]”.
  7. A language proficiency email endorsement from a faculty member teaching in the target language, if the project will be conducted partly or primarily in a language other than English. The endorsement should confirm that the student speaks, reads and/or writes in the target language at a level that allows them to carry out the research project successfully. The faculty member should send the endorsement email directly to Zhana Sandeva with the subject line “SRP Language Proficiency Endorsement for [Student Name]”.

Programme Requirements: All students pursuing a self-initiated project through the SRP are required to submit a written final project report to the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva, and to give a poster or multimedia presentation about their project at a research symposium in Semester 1. Those who are based in Singapore are also expected to attend SRP cohort events. In addition, students are welcome to produce additional final products, e.g. a paper, an artwork, a documentary, a blog.

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

Other Research Opportunities

This section links to research opportunities beyond the SRP – either CIPE-coordinated or external. Some external programs qualify for SRP funding if the student applies to pursue them as a student-initiated research project.

CIPE-Coordinated Opportunities

Other CIPE opportunities in research include research internships with partner organisations, and travel fellowships.
Research Internships (Find them on Symplicity under CIPE Opportunities)
CIPE Travel Fellowships

Undergraduate Academic Fellowships

Undergraduate fellowships are available with universities and other organisations beyond Yale-NUS. Similar to the SRP, they provide merit-based grants or financial support to students for a specific and special experience – education, travel, and/or independent research. The page below provides more information on undergraduate fellowships that support research.
Undergraduate Academic Fellowships

External Summer Research Internship Programmes

Below is a non-exhaustive list of research internship programmes at other institutions that a student could pursue on their own or as an SRP funding recipient for a student-initiated project. Before applying to any external programme, the student should consult with the programme coordinators and with Yale-NUS faculty in a relevant field to determine if the programme will be suitable for the student’s research goals.
Some of these programmes’ application deadlines are earlier than the deadline for SRP. The programme that the student chooses to apply for must end by the official end of summer vacation, as stated in the Yale-NUS Academic Calendar.

Sciences

Institute of Science and Technology Austria Summer Research Internships 

International Research Attachment Programmes (i-RAP) via the NUS International Relations Office (IRO). Programmes are available with the following institutions:

    • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam
    • Tel Aviv University, Israel
    • Koç University, Turkey
    • Xiamen University, China
    • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
    • University of Tokyo, Japan
    • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea (Only Track 2: Individual Research Program)
    • National Taiwan University, Taiwan (+R2 Research and Culture)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Visiting Student Research Internship Programme (Min. 4-month internship; suitable for students with a later semester start date, e.g. those going on study abroad in the following semester)
National Taiwan University +R3 Internship – NARLabs Program
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Interns Programme (Finishes in late summer; suitable for students with a later semester start date, e.g. those going on study abroad in the following semester)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University International Summer Research Internship Programme
Research Internships at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
Tel Aviv University Summer Research Programme in Biological and Neuro Sciences
The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Programme in Kashiwa (UTSIP Kashiwa)
The University of Tokyo Research Internship Programme (UTRIP)
Vienna Biocenter (VBC) Summer School
Yale University Mind and Development Lab Summer Internship
Yale University Dorrit Hoffleit Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Astronomy

Various Disciplines

Data Science for Social Good Fellowship at the University of Chicago
Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (For US citizens and permanent residents only)
Have Questions?
Zhana Sandeva
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about applying to graduate school, the Summer Research Programme, the Writing Fellowship Programme and the Student Associate Programme.