IARU Sustainability Fellowship

2017 Update

We are currently reviewing the structure of the IARU Sustainability Fellowship, and the revised format is unlikely to include an exchange component. More updates will be provided in due course.

Application Information and Guidelines

The Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) cordially invites students to apply for the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Student Sustainability Fellowship.

What is IARU?

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a collaboration between eleven of the world’s leading research-intensive universities who share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders.

Established in late 2005, the Alliance comprises of the Australian National University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, The University of Tokyo and Yale University.

Campus Sustainability

IARU established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009, with the aim of promoting collaboration between member institutions and developing strategies to promote best practices in environmental management.

About IARU Student Sustainability Fellowship

As part of the Campus Sustainability Initiative, IARU established a Sustainability Fellowship programme. This programme allows selected students to work on exchange in the Campus Sustainability Departments of IARU member institutions, undertaking environmental management projects. These projects have an operational focus and in many cases that can be applied more widely.

For 2016, selected students will be provided with a partial stipend to travel to the Australian National University or University of Oxford to work on targeted campus sustainability projects. Projects will be institution-specific or related to IARU activities; these projects are intended to allow students to apply valuable lessons learnt at the host institutions back at NUS.


Shortlisted students will be matched with sustainability projects at either the Australian National University or University of Oxford based on their skills, interest and background. Where there is a match, the Sustainability Fellows will travel to the host institution to work with their Sustainability office.

They will work a standard [35+ hour] work week and supervision will be provided to the Fellows throughout their stay. Apart from conducting the projects, Fellows will learn about their host institution’s best sustainability practices, and apply what they have learnt from IARU universities and contribute to Campus Sustainability in NUS.

Selected students will also undergo a short orientation programme and do a paid internship [approximately 80 work hours] with NUS OES before embarking on their internships at the IARU host institutions. Upon completion of their internships at the IARU host institutions, students will be given the opportunity to resume their internships with NUS OES.

Period of Programme


4 February 2016 Applications Open
29 February 2016 Applications Close
7 March to 11 March 2016 Interview
End March 2016 Selected candidates will be notified
Mid May – Mid August 2016 Internship at OES
Candidates should NOT take Special Terms or hold other commitments such as reservist
Internship at either Australian National University or University of Oxford

Who Should Apply?

Students who fulfil the following criteria, regardless of discipline:

  • Demonstrate passion for the environment through volunteer work, student societies etc. Show us how you care!
  • Competent in oral and written English.
  • Exemplar NUS ambassador to IARU.
  • Preferably undergraduate students who are in Year 2 or above but not in their final year of studies, to perform the internship with OES either before or after their internships at IARU host institutions..
  • Are interested in a Green Career and seek to gain relevant experience through an internship with OES.

Expected Outcomes

Student leaders will get an opportunity to:

  • Strengthen their capability to devise and execute policies that uphold environmental principles and befit real-world applications
  • Appreciate the complexity and interdepartmental cooperation that is needed to successfully implement any environmental projects.


  • A partial subsistence allowance of S$2000
  • Accommodation will be provided by IARU host institution.
  • An opportunity to learn from environmental leaders in top partner research universities.
  • A chance to intern at the Office of Environmental Sustainability and build up relevant experience.
  • Experience independent living in a foreign country

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Application form (see below)
  2. Resume
  3. 1-page essay on how this opportunity complements your interest in sustainability (OPTIONAL)

All these documents are to be completed and submitted via email to sustainability@nus.edu.sg.
Short-listed applicants will be notified by phone and/or email for an interview.

You will be informed of the application dates via our Email Archives.
We look forward to your application!

For Further Information

Download Documents: IARU Sustainability Fellowship 2016 Application Form