Today’s fellow is tomorrow’s changemaker

The Philip Yeo Innovation Fellows Programme

Our one-year programme supports individuals who are aspirational and passionate about making a difference in the world. If you have a project or idea that aligns with our ‘MAD’ spirit in shaping the future, let this programme be your launch pad.

How we support you

To help you kick-start your project by the end of the programme, we offer the following:

of up to S$20,000

No obligatory financial returns after the fellowship

Mentorship from industry leaders

Receive expert insight and be guided through your successes and failures

Networking opportunities

Connect with like-minded peers within and outside of your industry

At the end of the one-year programme, you are required to:

  • Propose and implement an individual fellowship project that aligns with the MAD spirit
  • Submit a report covering:
    1. Initial expectations and goals at the beginning of the fellowship
    2. Observations and issues encountered during the fellowship
    3. Reflections, learning takeaways, and a review of outcomes at the end of the fellowship
    4. How the fellowship has made a meaningful difference to you and the world around you
The programme is open to:
  • Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, and ASEAN Nationals residing in Singapore who are below the age of 40
  • Individuals who have demonstrated passion, energy, drive, and unconventional thinking
  • Individuals with a MAD project/idea that can make a great positive societal impact—the projects could be in any realm, whether social, education, arts, science, technology, business, or government

Application for the programme will open from 1 to 31 October 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Ensure you provide the following when you submit your application here.

  • Curriculum vitae (as a PDF)
  • Project proposal (as a PDF)
    1. Objective
    2. Implementation
    3. Timeline with deliverables
    4. Resources required
    5. Budget
  • One-page essay (as a PDF) addressing the following:
    1. How did you come up with the project or idea?
    2. Why is the project important to you and the world?
    3. What impact would the project have?
    4. What challenges do you foresee?
    5. What would be most helpful to you?
  • Link to an introduction video (in mp4 format) of no more than three minutes covering the following:
    1. Who you are
    2. Your passion
    3. ‘MAD’ things you have done
    4. Reason for applying
    5. How do you want to Change Our World

The Philip Yeo Grant

As part of our initiative to nurture next-generation leaders, we award this grant to entrepreneurially driven students with financial needs who are participating in the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme. The NOC programme provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the start-up and entrepreneurship culture at partner universities overseas.

Apart from the financial support of up to S$5,000, grantees will be offered networking opportunities and access to PYI exclusive events, through which we hope to embody the ‘Make A Difference, Change Our World’ spirit of Mr Philip Yeo.

How we support you

To cover your overseas living expenses and enrich your experience during the NOC programme, we offer you the following:

Grant worth up to S$5,000
Networking opportunities
Access to exclusive events

As a grant recipient, you are required to:

  • Be a positive ambassador of NUS and show exemplary performance during your NOC stint
  • Be committed to making positive contributions by sharing your intercultural start-up experiences with the NUS community and being actively engaged in start-up events
  • Participate in compulsory networking and outreach events organised by the PYI Programme Office
  • Submit a one-page profile upon acceptance of the award
  • Submit a write-up at the end of the NOC internship


Note: If your performance during the NOC programme is deemed unsatisfactory,
NOC reserves the right to withdraw the award and recover the awarded amount.

Your application will be assessed based on your financial status (family household income, etc.) and whether you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or an ASEAN national embarking on the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) Programme.
  • You are entrepreneurially driven, passionate, curious, and determined
  • You embody the values and spirit of Mr Philip Yeo

An email invitation will be sent to the NUS email account of eligible NOC students with application details. 

For any inquiries, please write to

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