Be a PAE Client

The Value of the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE)


The PAE is the capstone module of the Master in Public Policy (MPP), our two-year full-time programme that provides rigorous training for a strong foundation in public policy analysis, programme evaluation, and management.

The PAE client has the opportunity to work with a small team of our senior students (second year students) who, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, will apply rigorous methodologies to analyse an issue of interest and develop useful recommendations for the client. The meaningful engagement of our students in client-driven projects aims to add value to the PAE clients and generate fresh perspectives and insights. On the other hand, the PAE offers our senior students the opportunity to put the knowledge and tools they have acquired in our classes at the service of clients working on real world policy issues.

PAE clients are not required to provide remuneration for the work done by students. The student teams have a budget at their disposal to cover costs of field research and travel. The client-proposed project topic needs to be approved by the School. The School cannot guarantee that the PAE topic submitted by prospective clients will be selected by our students.

Profile of our students

  • Young professionals with up to five years of work experience, drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
  • About 70 students coming from more than 20 countries around the world


 S/No. ActivityDate / Deadline

PAE Briefing

11 Apr 2019


Prospective PAE Clients to submit proposed PAE topic(s) and synopsis

15 Sep 2019


School approves prospective clients and topics

30 Sep 2019 


School to release client list and topics to students

1 Oct 2019


(a)Students to inform the School on their choice of clients(s)
(b)Students who have their own clients to inform School

By 15 Oct 2019


School to inform student teams on the client allocation

By 24 Oct 2019


School assigns faculty advisors to student teams

25 Oct 2019

 8School introduces faculty advisors to clients via email

28 Oct 2019
 9School introduces faculty advisors to clients via email

28 Oct 2019
10 Fieldwork, if appropriate

Nov - Dec 2019
 11Students submit PAE Project Proposal to Faculty Advisor

13 Jan 2020 
11School to assign 2nd Readers to student teams

By 14 Feb 2019
 12Students submit PAE Draft to Faculty Advisor

15 Mar 2020
13 Students submit PAE Final Report to Faculty Advisor & 2nd Reader

10 Apr 2020
14  PAE Conference

17 Apr 2020 
*Please note that the above time-line is subject to changes. PAE Clients are advised to check the School’s website for any updates to the PAE schedule.

Propose a PAE Topic

Organisations who would like to participate in the next PAE cycle can submit their proposed PAE topic(s) online. Please click here to submit the proposed PAE topic by 15 September 2019. PAE Clients may propose as many topics as you are willing to host. For instance, an organisation who wishes to host 3 student groups can propose 3 different PAE topics. 

Feedback from PAE Clients

At the end of the project (i.e. by the end of April), the School will contact all PAE Clients and ask the PAE Client to grade the student team(s) that worked with them. The grading will be based on the PAE Client’s assessment of the team’s professionalism, quality of the deliverables, and usefulness of the project.  This grading will constitute 15% of the students’ final grade.

PAE Agreement Form

All PAE Clients whose topics are selected by students will be asked to sign a PAE Agreement form. This form includes guidelines on data ownership and intellectual property. A sample of this form can be found here.

For more information on the next PAE cycle, please click here to download the PAE flyer.

If you would like to be a PAE Client, please get in touch with:

Ms Ashley Koh 
Manager, Career Services, Academic Affairs
Tel: +65 65164301 
Email:  decb64_c3Bwa29oYkBudXMuZWR1LnNn_decb64.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore, 
469C Bukit Timah Road, 
Singapore 259772