Call for Proposal - Lien Environmental Fellowship 2018
The Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore is pleased to invite applicants to submit proposals for the Lien Environmental Fellowship (LEF) Programme award. The LEF Programme aims to enable successful applicants from universities, research institutions, government agencies, non-government organisation and non-profit organisation to develop and improve water, sanitation, and renewable energy (waste-to-energy) for developing communities in Southeast Asia and South Asia. First launched in 2010, the programme is currently supporting eight projects in five countries — India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The LEF programme is supported by the Lien Foundation ( and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The Programme places strong emphasis on implementation of technologies, coupled with well-grounded research and community capacity building. The ideal outcome would see implementation follow education so that benefits can accrue beyond the Fellowship recipients and towards the target communities. NEWRIComm is a member of the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) (, which is ranked among the world's top 9 notable water research organisations. Since its inception in 2008, NEWRI has translated its interdisciplinary research outcomes into industry and community development relevance. NEWRI is inviting institution/organization and its affiliates to submit proposals to improve water, sanitation and/or renewable energy challenges faced by local communities in your country. Successful recipients shall stay at NEWRI for up to six months to better conceptualise their proposals with NEWRI mentor(s), discuss prototyping issues and detailing implementation plans and costs with the mentor(s) and NEWRIComm Team. Recipients may also audit classes, attend seminars and join research discussion groups. This is intended to help the recipient's future efforts in education and research upon returning home. The key outcome of the Fellowship Phase shall be the LEF Implementation Proposal. This shall be presented to the NEWRI assessment panel for evaluation. The Implementation Award shall then be awarded to projects deemed to merit further support.

Successful recipients can expect the following financial support during the Fellowship Phase:

  • A monthly allowance of S$2,500 for the duration of the recipient’s stay at NEWRI. Whenever the fellowship phase is carried out at Fellow's home institution, the allowance shall be pro-rated according to time spend recorded;
  • Cost of travel from the recipient’s country to Singapore, for the purposes of discussions and project activities conducted in Singapore;
  • Accommodation shall be provided (on-campus whenever possible) for activities carried out in Singapore;
  • Laboratory and prototyping costs.


A. Submission to IPSR

i. Please submit the application form by 16 November 2018 (Friday) or earlier to IPSR.
ii. Documents to be submitted in one (1) set of hardcopy:
        a. Project Brief Format and CV
       b. FM-IPSR-R&D-007 Recommendations form from Research Centre & Faculty; and
       c.Application Summary

B. Submission on NEWRI

All recommended applications by IPSR must be submitted via email to
The Project Brief submission new deadline is 30 November 2018, (12:00, GMT + 08:00, Singapore time).
The announcement of the successful applicant will be notified via email by 31 March 2019.


For further enquiries, kindly contact IPSR Sg Long: i. Cik Azahian Abdul Kadir;; Ext 846