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Theme-Group Fellowship


Theme-Groups bring together researchers from different backgrounds and various expertise to advance knowledge on a research topic via complexity science. It consists of a maximum of four members (at least 1 from Singapore) for a maximum of three (3) months​


It is especially beneficial for early & mid-career scientists who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary field of research through a period of intensive close interaction with members from other disciplines. Such opportunity is often difficult to have in a normal university setting. This can lead to fruitful outcomes such as an edited volume, a scientific paper or a research proposal for external grant funding.



What Make up a Theme-Group

It includes a coordinator and a max of three (3) other team members. They should:

·      have PhD degrees from reputable universities and at least postdoc working experience

·      proven research track record & experise for their roles in the group 

·      constitute an interdisciplinary team appropriate for the subject they want to research on


What CI Offers

We offer a customised support package to each group on a case-by-case basis. Group with or without any other funding are welcome to apply. A successful group can expect all or some of the following support:

·           Work space at CI and its facilities & administrative support

·           Access to NTU libraries, research facilities & NTU researchers

·           Access to CI’s worldwide scientific network

·           Expertise of a resident data scientist and in-house complexity scientists

·           Local transport allowance to official meetings & events

·           A faculty member as mentor or a researcher assigned as buddy

·           Seed funding for pilot project or development work – subject to application

·           Funding for conference travel to present paper arising from fellowship –subject to application

·           Overseas team members can expect: 

    o    Return economy class airfare from residing country

    o    All-in living monthly allowance capped at S$4,000 (covering accommodation) for max of 3 months

Evaluation Process


·         Academic status and robustness of track records of the applicant & team members

·         Originality, quality, interdisciplinary character of the proposal and evidence of the benefit of group collaboration

·         Coordinator's leadership & capability to lead the project to a successful completion

·         Feasibility  & relevance to complexity science of the proposal

·         Potential impacts & significance of research outcomes

Applicant of shortlisted pre-proposal will be invited for a discussion at CI. It may lead to an invitation to submit a full proposal to be reviewed by external reviewers. The applicant may be given feedback about the review and asked to revise the proposal where necessary.

How to Apply

Researchers interested in leading a Theme-Group should submit a short pre-proposal for preliminary review. Shortlisted candidate will be invited to submit a full proposal. Please email the application form​ to:

Timelines : 

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Enquiry: Ng Bee Wee at​​​​​​​​​