Opportunity to create your own journey, a purposeful exploration of a new horizon or academic pursuit.
“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. Our own Tan Chorh Chuan. Ching Shih. Amelia Earhart. Valentina Tereshkova. The Afghan Women’s Cycling Team. And our very own Yale-NUS Travel Fellows. 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 and curiosity about the world and in recognition of travel’s ability to expand our internal horizons, to challenge our assumptions, to facilitate understanding, to engender “narrative imagination” and to enhance our capacity for engaging with an increasingly complex and diverse world.
CIPE’s travel fellowship offers the opportunity to create your own journey, a purposeful exploration of a new horizon or academic pursuit. The Fellowship should be centred around answering an academic question, and this learning should be shared with the Yale-NUS Community in a meaningful way. End products have ranged from documentaries to art exhibitions to academic articles and anthologies of poetry. The Travel Fellowship truly is yours to craft.
“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
 Martha Nussbaum defines narrative imagination as “the ability to think what it might be like to be in the shoes of a person different from oneself, to be an intelligent reader of that person’s story, and to understand the emotions, wishes and desires that someone so placed might have.” Martha Nussbaum, Not for Profit, quoted in Yale NUS College: A New Community of Learning, pg36.
Writing Your Proposal:
To apply for a travel fellowship, a student or group of students must submit a travel fellowship proposal to Annette Wu by the deadline stated below. Proposals should include a cover page (suggested format) and the following four sections:
Proposals are reviewed and graded by a panel with a rubric examining the following criteria:
Important Notes to Highlight: