Summer Research Programmes

The Summer Research Programme (SRP) combines previously separate research programs into a single platform for students keen to pursue funded research during the mid-year break between mid-May and end July.

SRP provides opportunities for first, second and third-year students to pursue full-time, appropriately structured research for a meaningful time period – usually 8-10 consecutive weeks. Opportunities can be led by faculty or initiated by the students themselves.

SRP includes a pre-programme orientation and several organised events during the summer (lab tours, lectures, discussions, field trips and social events), aiming to build relevant research presentation skills, connect participants to potential mentors and encourage reflection about the role of research in today’s world and in the participants’ own professional and academic 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.

The deadline to apply for all Summer Research Programme opportunities is Sunday, 12 February 2017.

See below for more information about available opportunities within the Summer Research Programme, and other research opportunities at and beyond Yale-NUS.

For any questions, contact the programme coordinator Zhana Sandeva at


Faculty-Led Research Projects

Faculty-led research projects provide Yale-NUS College students with foundational research experience in the sciences and social sciences, allowing them to explore a nascent interest in research 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 including, but not limited to 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 typically expected to work 35-40 hours a week for 8-10 consecutive weeks.

Programme Support for Living Expenses. All students on Singapore-based projects receive a weekly stipend of $125. In addition, international students receive fully subsidised housing on campus.
Students on overseas projects receive support to cover 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 for airfare is available.

US/Europe S$4000
Singapore/ China/ Asia S$2000
South and SE Asia (excl. Singapore) S$1500

Programme Support for Research Expenses. Students on both Singapore-based and overseas projects receive support to cover research-related expenses (lab supplies, software, books, etc.).

How to apply: Before applying, students are strongly encouraged to meet with the faculty leading their project(s) of choice in order to understand expectations and work duties, and determine to what extent the project aligns with their long-term academic, professional and personal goals.

Projects will become available on Symplicity on 23 January 2017. Students should apply directly on Symplicity with a separate application for every project of interest, consisting of a CV/resume and the completed SRP 2017 Faculty-led Project Application Form. It is recommended to apply to no more than two faculty-led projects unless the student has very compelling reasons to apply for more.

Application Deadline: 12 February 2017

Results Notification: Mid-March 2017. Selected students will have one week to accept or turn down the offer to join SRP.

After Confirmation: Confirmed participants are expected to meet with their faculty supervisors and finalise any outstanding project details (dates, duration, specific locations).

During and After the Programme: During the programme, participants based in Singapore will be expected to attend the organised cohort events. After the programme, all participants are required to present about their summer research at a research symposium in Semester 1.

Student-Initiated Research Projects

Students with a keen interest and some prior experience in science, social science or humanities 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 provide opportunities for appropriately structured independent research that allow students to proactively explore their academic interests, apply knowledge and ideas learned in the classroom, and develop and hone relevant skills in advance of the fourth-year capstone project – to design, write and execute a compelling research proposal.

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

Proposed research activity. Examples of student-initiated research activities include, but are not limited to:
– A discrete 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 non-exhaustive list of structured summer research programmes, see “Other Research Opportunities” below;
– A student-designed project, supervised by a faculty member or other professional with relevant expertise.

Criteria. Successful projects will fulfill a set of various criteria including academic rigor, connection to the applicant’s plans, skill and knowledge building potential, project length, focus and feasibility, budget and safety. For more details and tips, see the SIRP Guidelines for Students under “Programme Resources” below.

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

US/Europe S$4000
Singapore/ China/ Asia S$2000
South and SE Asia (excl. Singapore) S$1500

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

Application Deadline. 12 February 2017

How to Apply. Students should submit all relevant application documents from the list below through Symplicity and request their (co-) supervisor to submit the remaining materials directly to CIPE.

  • Completed SIRP 2017 Application Form
  • Completed SIRP Budget Sheet (in SGD)
  • A copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript, generated through myISIS
  • A tailored CV or resume (See CV Sample – Research and Resume Sample)
  • The SIRP Supervisor Support Form, sent by the supervisor directly to by the application deadline.
  • If the project supervisor is not from Yale-NUS College: An email endorsement from a Yale-NUS co-supervisor is required, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and ability to undertake the proposed project. The co-supervisor should send it directly to
  • If the project will be carried out partly or entirely in a language other than English: A brief email endorsement from a faculty member teaching in the target language is required. The email should be sent directly to

Results Notification: Mid-March 2017. Selected students will have one week to accept or turn down the offer to join SRP.

Project Deliverables

  • Progress report: Projects longer than 4 weeks must provide a mid-project progress report, due within a week after the project midpoint (e.g. by the end of Week 5 for an 8-week project).
  • Tangible outcome: All projects are required to present a tangible final product, consisting of a written final report and a poster presentation. In addition, the project may produce additional final products, e.g. a paper, an artwork, a documentary, a blog.

Programme Resources: SIRP Guidelines for Students

Other Research Opportunities

This section links to research opportunities beyond SRP – either CIPE-coordinated or external.

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 awarded to students for a specific and special experience, funding education, travel, and/or independent research. Visit the Fellowships page for more information on undergraduate fellowships that support research.
Undergraduate Academic Fellowships (opportunities listed here are mainly in the sciences)

External Summer Research Internship Programmes 
Below is a non-exhaustive list of research internship programmes at other institutions that you could pursue on your own or as an SRP grant recipient for a student-initiated project. Before applying to any external programme, please consult with the programme coordinators and with Yale-NUS faculty in your field of interest to determine if the program will be suitable for your research goals.
Note that some of these programmes’ application deadlines are earlier than the deadline for SRP. In addition, aim to apply to programmes that end on or before 6 August 2017 and would not conflict with the academic calendar.


Institute of Science and Technology Austria Summer Research InternshipsInternational Research Attachment Programmes (i-RAP) via the NUS International Relations Office (IRO). Programs 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; suited for graduating students or students with a later semester start date)
National Taiwan University +R3 Internship – NARLabs Program
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Interns Programme (Finishes in late summer; suited for graduating students or students with a later semester start date)
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 Program, the Writing Fellowship Program and the Student Associate Program.