Travel Fellowship

An opportunity to create your own journey, through intentional exploration of a new horizon or intellectual pursuit.

Take Your Education on an Adventure

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”

– G. K. Chesterton

Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta. Zheng He. Pico Iyer. Amelia Earhart. Valentina Tereshkova. Bessie Coleman. Great travellers have always been inspired by a sense of adventure, curiosity, humility and appreciation of the inner journeys and insights made possible through travel. In the words of Pico Iyer, “The most valuable Pacifics we explore will always be the vast expanses within us.”

CIPE is offering a summer travel fellowship in celebration of this spirit of exploration, in recognition of travel’s ability to challenge our assumptions, to facilitate understanding and to enhance our capacity for engaging with an increasingly complex world.

CIPE’s travel fellowship offers an opportunity to create your own journey, through intentional exploration of a new horizon or intellectual pursuit. The fellowship should be centred around learning through the medium of travel, and this learning should be shared with the Yale-NUS College community in a meaningful way.

“I feel far more confident navigating the world’s streets, asserting myself strongly when I feel wronged. But alongside that ‘hardening’ to the world is also a certain softening, a certain openness to unpredictable and unknown opportunities.” — Graham Link, 2014 Travel Fellow

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019


Project Guidelines:

  • Participants: Travel fellowships may be carried out individually or in small groups of up to 4 students.
  • Travel period: All fellowships take place during summer vacation, and should be 3 weeks or longer.
  • Grant amount: Average grant amounts range from SGD$1500 – $2000. Funding may be adjusted depending on the number of group members.
  • Application and selection timeline:
    • January 1, 2019: Application opens
    • February 1, 2019: Application closes
    • March 1, 2019: Applicants notified of decisions
    • April 2019: Pre-departure orientation
    • May – August 2019: Travel Fellowships
    • Late August 2019: Travel Fellowship Sharing session and individual project deliverables
Have Questions?
Annette Wu
Executive, Experiential Learning

Contact with questions about travel fellowships and LABs.


To apply for a travel fellowship, students must submit a travel fellowship proposal to Annette Wu by the deadline stated above. Please note that all interested students should approach Annette Wu for consultation on their project ideas before submitting their proposals.

Travel fellowship proposals should include a cover page (suggested format) and the following four sections:

  • Project Description (1000 Word Limit)
    • A detailed description of your travel fellowship idea, including:
      • The names of all members of your project
      • The questions and subject topics driving your project
      • The places, spaces and communities you intend to engage with, to explore and deepen your understanding of these project questions
      • Concrete examples of how you intend to pursue this learning through the medium of travel
      • The desired learning outcomes of your project (personal, intellectual etc.)
      • How you intend to share your learning in a meaningful, and engaging way with a wider public audience and/or the College community.
  • Safety (No Word Limit)
    • Assess the various risks involved in your travel fellowship, explaining in detail how you intend to manage and mitigate them.
    • Please include an acknowledgement, stating that you will deliver safety updates to CIPE during the travel fellowship, noting how frequently you intend to do so (at least weekly).
  • Itinerary (No Word Limit)
    • Detail the expected itinerary for your travel fellowship, including clear dates and brief explanations of your plans and how they contribute to your learning.
    • Include a general timeline for the entire project, from pre-departure preparations, to travel, and completion of any stated deliverables. Again, include clear dates.
  • Budget (No Word Limit)
    • Create a budget plan (suggested format) indicating and explaining all foreseeable expenses for the travel fellowship. Finally, reference the budget plan and state the total requested amount of CIPE funding. If the total budget exceeds possible CIPE funding, please outline how you intend to cover expenses past the fellowship award.

Please refer to the proposal rubric as a guide for writing an effective travel fellowship proposal.

Important Notes to Highlight:

  • Because we aim to approve travel proposals with substantial depth in intellectual engagement and approach to travel as a medium of learning, we recommend that you allocate at least 3 weeks for the Travel Fellowship. Budget and other considerations might encourage you to pursue a shorter fellowship and that is acceptable. If you do so, be sure that you give a strong rationale for your project length and how you will investigate your proposed question in such a short amount of time.
  • To ensure as many students have access to as many CIPE opportunities as possible, you may not participate in a Travel Fellowship and another CIPE opportunity in the same summer (with the exception of Summer LABs).