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Career Paths for Scholars

Recognising the diversity of talent, strengths and interests amongst our Singaporean PhD talent, A*STAR has created multiple pathways for scholars to develop and chart their careers along differentiated paths.

A*STAR will continue to support and provide a conducive environment for the majority of A*STAR scholars who want to focus on advancing their careers as scientists at the research institutes. A*STAR has also opened up opportunities for selected PhD scholars to be deployed after their first 2 years at A*STAR to industry, corporate R&D labs, public administration, technology enterprises, spin-off companies, and academia.

These avenues present opportunities for young Singaporean PhD talents to explore careers that would bring out the best of their education, research experience and other strengths to related fields that would benefit from the infusion of such PhD talent.






A*STAR scholars spend the first 2 years after PhD graduation with an A*STAR Research Institute (RI) to build up their scientific skills and research portfolio.  Thereafter multiple paths are available and may be pursued in consultation with their RI supervisors.

Scientific Track   Administrative Track   Industry Track   Academic Track
Andrew Wan
A*STAR and IBN have given tremendous support towards my training and development as a Team Leader. The scientific track has given me the opportunity to simultaneously lead and perform research at an institute with top notch facilities and infrastructure. For me, A*STAR’s scientific track for scholars entails the management of talent and research for the benefit of our society and nation.
Dr Andrew Wan

Scientific Leadership - Progression to PI or Team Leader and eventually top scientific leadership position in the RIs for talents with excellent scientific credentials and strong leadership skills.

Scientific Expertise - Core contributor within a research team headed by a PI for talents keen to develop their area of scientific expertise in depth and establish
themselves as a research scientist.

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