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 most valuable Pacifics we explore will always be the vast expanses within us.”

– Pico Iyer

Great travellers have always been inspired by a sense of adventure, curiosity and appreciation for the inner journeys made possible through travel.

In celebration of travel’s ability to expand our internal horizons, challenge our assumptions and teach us to engage with an increasingly complex world, CIPE presents the summer travel fellowship. This award offers students an opportunity to create their own learning journey, through intentional exploration of a new horizon or intellectual pursuit. The fellowship should be centred around learning through the medium of travel, and 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 ’17, Yale-NUS College Travel Fellow

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Timeline for AY2019/2020:

  • January 1, 2020: Application opens
  • Early February, 2020: All interested applicants to reach out for a consultation with Annette Wu
  • February 28, 2020: Application closes
  • Late March, 2020: Interviews with shortlisted applicants
  • March 27, 2020: Applicants notified of decisions
  • April 2020: Pre-departure orientation
  • May – August 2020: Travel fellowships
  • Late August 2020: 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 project proposal to Annette Wu by the deadline stated above.
All interested students should approach Annette for consultation on their project ideas before submitting their proposals.

Brief Project Guidelines:

  • Participants: Travel fellowships can be carried out individually, or in small groups of up to 4 students.
  • Travel period: All fellowship projects take place during summer vacation, and must be 3 weeks or longer.
  • Grant amount: Average grant amounts range from SGD$1200 – $2000, depending on the scope and duration of the project.

Project Proposal Format:

Submission format: PDF file named “forename_lastname_TF_Proposal”

  • Cover page (suggested format)
  • Project Description (1000 Word Limit)
    • A detailed overview of your travel fellowship idea, including:
      • The names of all members of your project
      • The questions or subject topics driving your project
      • The places, spaces and communities you intend to engage with, in order to explore and deepen your understanding of project questions
      • Examples explaining how you intend to engage with these places, spaces and communities
      • The desired personal and intellectual learning objectives of your project
      • Examples detailing how you intend to share your learning in a meaningful and engaging way with the College community and/or wider public audience.
  • Itinerary (No Word Limit)
    • Provide a general timeline for the entire project, from pre-departure preparations, to travel and completion of any stated deliverables.
    • Detail the expected itinerary of your travel fellowship, including key dates, brief explanations of your plans and how they contribute to your learning.
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessment (Excel Attachment)
    • Use the Risk Assessment Excel attachment to assess the various risks involved in your travel fellowship, explaining in detail how you intend to manage and mitigate them.
    • Note: The Risk Assessment exercise is helpful at every stage of project planning, from testing the feasibility of an idea during the brainstorming process, to creating robust health and safety preparations for an oncoming trip. 
  • Budget Plan & Budget Narrative (Guidelines Here)
    • Create a budget plan to outline all expected expenses for your travel fellowship idea.
    • Create an accompanying budget narrative to explain expected expenses, providing justification for stated costs.

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

Important Notes to Highlight:

  • The travel fellowship award cannot be used to fund volunteer organisations, services from travel agencies or salaries for individuals e.g. professional translators. If you have questions about budget items, please approach Annette.
  • Because we aim to approve travel proposals with substantial depth in intellectual engagement and approach to travel as a medium of learning, we require that you allocate at least 3 weeks for the travel fellowship.
  • 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).