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A*STAR Graduate Scholarship

A joint collaboration between A*STAR Graduate Academy, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), this scholarship funds up to 4 years of PhD studies in Singapore. Students will have the opportunity to undertake research at their chosen A*STAR Research Institute and register candidature at either NTU, NUS, or SUTD. Students will also have opportunities for an overseas attachment of up to 12 months during their PhD studies. AGS awardees are eligible to apply for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship to undertake further research training at a top university or research laboratory.

For more information: Supervisors at A*STAR Supervisors at NUS  | Supervisors at NTU | Supervisors at SUTD




  • Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans eligible and intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Applicants must satisfy criteria for and seek admission into NTU, NUS and SUTD PhD programme.
  • Must have obtained at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours Degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines.
  • Good 'O' and 'A' level results/Polytechnic students who obtained a Diploma with Merit will also be considered.
  • Applicants with a strong interest in a research career are preferred.
  • Applicants may submit GRE scores (if available) to be included in the overall assessment of their scholarship application.

AGS scholars who pursue their PhD at NTU, NUS, or SUTD are not required to do a one year research attachment at A*STAR prior to their PhD.

The above eligibility criteria are not exhaustive.
A*STAR may include additional selection criteria based on prevailing scholarship policies. These policies may be amended from time to time without notice.  


Successful candidates will be given support for up to 4 years of academic pursuit. They will receive **:

  • Full Tuition Fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance
  • Book, computer, conference and thesis allowances 
  • Up to 12 months for overseas attachments 

**All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time.

AGS(Singapore) scholars are eligible for up to 2 years of post-doctoral fellowship under AGS(PDF).

Service Commitment

Singaporeans (at the point of award): No service commitment

Non-Singaporeans (at the point of award): 2-year service in Singapore-based companies^ without commitment to any specific organization. The area of work should preferably be in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences or Engineering.

AGS (Singapore) scholars who are subsequently awarded the AGS(PDF) for overseas  post-doctoral training : 1 year

^Singapore-based companies refer to local companies and international companies that have a base in Singapore and which is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

Application Procedure

Application has to be made both through NTU/ NUS / SUTD and A*STAR. Please observe instructions indicated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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