Water, Green Infrastructure and Urban Resilience Summer Programme

Join this NEW summer programme focused on complex, global problems facing cities. The first program will focus on urban challenges in Chennai, India.

Program Dates: May 14, 2019 – July 19, 2019

Delivery: Online, Singapore + Chennai, India

The Urban Resilience Program is a summer programme for undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines focused on complex, global problems facing cities. This is an opportunity to collaborate with students from University of British Columbia (UBC), Yale-NUS College, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, University of Cambridge, and Tecnológico de Monterrey, conducting research and project work to address resilience challenges posed by the Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Chennai in India.

This is a non-credit bearing programme.

For more information about the course goals and learning objectives, click here. With mixed-teams involving students from the five participating universities, the program consists of the following 4 components (each component is mandatory):

Programme Details

  1. 6-week online course (May 14-June 21)
    Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30-11:00 pm Singapore time.

    • Key concepts in urban resilience
    • Mini-lectures from subject matter experts
    • Conversations with practitioners
    • Discussion forums
    • “Best practices” case articulation
    • Self-directed study
    • Strategy, project management, working effectively in global virtual teams
    • Secondary research on projects for the City of Chennai
    • Creation of an initial approach to address the resilience challenge
  2. 6-week internship with 100 Resilient Cities, Singapore (May 14-June 21)
    • Please stay tuned for more details on this opportunity!
  3. 1 week bootcamp in Chennai (July 1-5)
    • Preparation for fieldwork
    • Orientation to the city and the relevant communities for project work
    • Intercultural and ethical community engagement sessions
    • Designing holistic research questions
    • Preparation of project briefing
  4. 2 weeks of fieldwork in Chennai (July 8-19)
    • Meetings with local decision-makers and community members
    • Hypothesis refinement
    • Coaching sessions with mentors
    • Field visits for project work
    • Generation of solution trajectories
    • Final presentations
    • Closing workshop with all participants and community members

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • 5 spots
  • Open to second and third year students
  • No CAP requirement, but students’ prior and current coursework and academic standing will be considered as part of the holistic application process. Successful applicants should demonstrate a strong interest and experience in community engagement or service, leadership skills, and be a good team-player.
  • Preference will be given to students with the following capabilities:
    • Spatial skills (building maps)
    • Fluency or proficiency in Tamil
    • Excel skills (working with big data sets)
    • Experience leading focus group discussions or interviews
  • Further, students are expected to complete ethics training (CITI Human Subjects Training module) and obtain a copy of their completion certification before embarking on the program. For more details, refer here.
  • If students are unable to attend a section of the program or perceive any conflict with the program dates, they should address this in their application.


  • 1 February 2019: Application deadline
  • 25 February: Application results announced
  • 1 March: Deadline for selected participants to confirm their spot in the programme. Release of spots for waitlisted students.
  • Early March: Final deadline for selected participants to confirm their spot in the programme.
  • March-April: Students interview for internship positions with 100 Resilient Cities office in Singapore.
  • April-June: Students make travel arrangements to/from Chennai and obtain necessary visas.
  • 14 May – 21 June 2019: Virtual class takes place. This is a mandatory course that must be fulfilled before travel to Chennai.
  • 1 July-17 July 2019: Urban Resilience Program takes place in Chennai. Students are required to commit for the full duration of the programme.


CIPE covers the programme fee, which includes:

  • Access to course materials and honoraria for guest instructors
  • Access to A/V equipment and meeting room spaces on IIT Chennai campus
  • All meals in Chennai (campus meal plan)
  • Housing (shared room in a student dormitory in IIT, Chennai or a shared room in a 3-star guest house near the campus)
  • Travel insurance
  • Local ground transportation in Chennai during the first week of boot camp
  • Roundtrip coach transport from airport to IIT campus
  • Welcome, orientation and farewell events

Participating students are expected to cover:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Singapore/home country/their summer location to Chennai
  • Visa fees for India, as applicable
  • Personal expenses (incl. for sightseeing during free time). Our hosts recommend budgeting SGD200 for personal expenses for the duration of the programme.

Limited need-based aid is available to help students cover airfare costs to Chennai.


Interested students should apply directly on Symplicity to the posting “Urban Resilience Summer Program in Chennai” with a CV/resume, an unofficial transcript and a personal statement. Detailed application instructions will be made available in the posting.

Partner Institutions

  1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai (host institution)
  2. University of British Columbia (UBC)
  3. Yale University
  4. Tec Monterrey
  5. Yale-NUS College
  6. University of Cambridge