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A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP)

The A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) is a collaboration between A*STAR and partner universities to provide research opportunities at A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia. Under this programme, PhD students from overseas universities will spend one to two years at A*STAR Research Institutes under the joint supervision of staff of the A*STAR Research Institutes and the overseas university.

Award Terms

Awardees typically spend up to 2 years at A*STAR RIs and are provided with the following during their attachment in Singapore:

  • Monthly stipend of S$2,500
  • One-time Airfare Grant of up to S$1,500
  • One-time Settling-in Allowance of S$1,000 provided that the student spends at least 1 year at an A*STAR RI
  • Medical Insurance
  • Conference Allowance

Student progress report(s) is/are required to be submitted to A*GA for monitoring purposes.

Estimated cost of living in Singapore


 Per Student per Month (SGD)


300 - 600 

 Accommodation (based on single room)

600 - 1000

 Transport Expenses (local)

100 - 150

 Other Expenses (Stationery, toiletries, laundry, reacreation, etc)


 Total Estimated Cost of Living

1,400 - 2,250

You may also use the Cost of Living Calculator to estimate your monthly living expenses in Singapore.


  • PhD students may participate in this programme if their home university supervisor has a collaboration with an A*STAR researcher
  • Open for application by International students
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a Second Class (Upper) Honours or equivalent
  • 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.

    Contact Information

    Click here for the list of ARAP Partner Universities and their contacts : ARAP Partner Universities Contact List

    Click here for the list of A*STAR Research Institutes coordinator: A*STAR Research Institutes Coordinator List 

    For frequently asked questions, please click here.




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