Lien Environmental Fellowship: Call for Proposals

The Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute Community Development (NEWRIComm) is inviting applicants from  universities, research organisations and government agencies for the Lien Environmental Fellowship (LEF) Programme award. The LEF Programme aims to enable successful candidates to develop and improve water, sanitation, and renewable energy (waste-to-energy) for developing communities in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.


First launched in 2010, the programme is currently supporting six 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 & 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.

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 consultants. 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:

 ·   Up to two return economy airfares from the recipient's country to Singapore;

    • ​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 to be discussed shall be pro-rated.
  • Accommodation shall be provided (on campus whenever possible);
  • Laboratory and prototyping costs.

For more information on the LEF Programme, please refer to the attachment. Interested applicants are required to submit a Project Brief using the template provided in Annex I of attachment and their CV.

Do note that at this stage, you are not required to cost the project if it is implemented.

Please email your proposals and all enquiries to us at

The deadline for submission of the Project Brief is 15 December 2014, (12:00, GMT + 08:00, Singapore time)

The anticipated start date for successful recipients is during the month of August 2015.

Call for proposals for Lien Environmental Fellowship August 2015 is officially ended. Please apply next time.