Sustainable Futures Fellowship

Forum for the Future

  • Team: APAC
  • Salary: S$54,000,per annum. Non negotiable.
  • Location: Singapore
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 14th Jun 2021 +08

Job Description

Benefits: Various opportunities of flexible working and sector competitive benefits.

Contract: 12-month fixed term contract


Do you want to shape a regenerative and just future? Are you looking for the opportunity to build your capabilities as a systems change-maker in the field of sustainability? 

Forum for the Future is offering a Sustainable Futures Fellowship to recent graduates from local universities with undergraduate degrees in environmental science, environmental studies or other sustainability-related fields of study. Over the course of 12 months, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and nurture skills in applying systems change approaches to tackling complex sustainability challenges.  

This Fellowship is a unique opportunity for a highly skilled and motivated individual to support our ambitious and committed team in Singapore to contribute to impactful projects. It will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to: 

  • acquire new skills and knowledge in relation to taking systemic approaches to tackling sustainability challenges

  • access various professional networks.

  • build a valuable portfolio of work for career growth

  • experience a sense of fulfilment from delivering meaningful work, and connecting with a community of like-minded people.


About Forum

Forum for the Future is an independent, international non-profit with a purpose to accelerate systems change for a just and regenerative future. We have a 25 year track record in partnering with pioneering companies who recognize that social and environmental issues are already shaping their business context today, and want to actively create the conditions for their future success. In addition to working with these organisations one on one, we bring companies, NGOs, government representatives and others together to create action-oriented coalitions on particularly urgent and complex sustainability challenges. Examples include The Protein Challenge 2040, designed to contribute towards a goal of feeding up to 10 billion people with sustainable protein in the future; Cotton 2040, which is working to mainstream sustainable cotton; and the Responsible Energy Initiative which is supporting market actors in the energy system to ensure the production and deployment of renewable energy is ecologically safe and socially just. As a charity, we publicly share our learnings from this work through communications, events, and our School of System Change.

Forum has offices in London, New York, Mumbai and Singapore. We are a multicultural team of approximately 70 people and we operate as a global team, delivering both international and local projects.

Our work environment

We are inspired by the world in which we live and those with whom we share it. We celebrate the indivisibility of all life forms on Earth, are committed to the pursuit of equity, and seek to act justly in all we do. These values help build our common culture, shape our shared purpose and guide us in all actions and decisions. We believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful.

We enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s well-being and the world around us.

At Forum, we aspire to foster positive team spirit and to provide the best possible working environment for all our staff; one that is based on the highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, openness and transparency.

We are an inclusive organisation that encourages applications from across our diverse communities. We’re committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life.       

Together we can reinvent the way the world works.

About you

To qualify for applying for this Fellowship, you will need to have graduated in either 2019, 2020 or 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, environmental studies or other relevant sustainability-related field of study conferred by a local university.


Our ideal candidate is someone who will thrive in and contribute to Forum through their shared belief in our purpose and values and, will bring their expertise, experiences, skills and commitment to tackling complex sustainability challenges and inspiring and equipping people and organisations to join in these endeavours.

To undertake this role you will need to have or be:

  • a strong understanding of sustainability issues and the complexities in addressing associated challenges.

  • excellent research, analytical and writing skills, showing a high level of attention to detail.

  • clear verbal and written communication skills with ability to adapt style to various audiences

  • good organisation skills, an ability to handle varied and multiple tasks and, manage complex flows of information. 

  • a collaborative way of working, and an ability to build and maintain good working relationships with various stakeholders, internally and externally.

  • adaptable and resilient in the face of complexity and uncertainty that we often work with.

  • a willingness to pitch in with a variety of tasks within a small team, and enjoy working across cultures.

  • competent with IT on both Microsoft or Google packages, including Outlook. Additional digital literacy or interests would be desirable.

  • self-reflective, curious and committed to continual learning and development.

To be considered for this Fellowship, please complete the application form by the stated deadline.

We use the Applied platform because it is designed to reduce bias in our recruitment process. 

You will be expected to answer a few questions. Please read these carefully and answer them in the space provided (250 words) to clearly demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of sustainability challenges, as well as how your skills and experience will enable you to thrive in this Fellowship.

Your answers will be randomised and anonymously scored by members of Forum’s selection panel. Our initial selection is based on how you answer these questions, rather than looking at your CV. Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. 

The Applied platform includes instructions on how to use the portal. Once you start your application you will be presented with a dashboard which helps you to track your progress and reminds you of the closing date for the application. As you complete sections you can draft and save your responses to review and submit when you are ready to (as long as you’re within our required application deadline).

Application deadline is 11.59 pm SGT, 14 June 2021

Please note:

All Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our Singapore office.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with Forum for the Future will be passed on to us for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee. For full details on how we collect and use your personal data please visit our privacy notice here.

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Equal Opportunities

Forum for the Future wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public.  We actively support and promote diversity as an essential component of sustainability, and as a key element of our organisational values.  We oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, caste, religion or belief. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, and come from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 14th Jun 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application