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A*STAR Research Attachment Programme

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

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 to International students
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a Second Class (Upper) Honours or equivalent

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