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National Science Scholarships (BS)

The National Science Scholarships (BS) provides opportunities for undergraduate studies at some of the world’s finest universities in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering disciplines. As A*STAR is committed to developing each individual to his fullest potential, the NSS (BS) is the only through-train scholarship in Singapore that grooms young talents for a PhD education, with a chance to work in some of the world’s renowned research institutes and learn from the best scientific minds.


  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents intending to take up citizenship
  • Excellent results for GCE ‘A’ Level (minimum 11 academic units), International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School diploma or equivalent 

For Outgoing 'A' Level Curriculum

  • Candidates should have at least 4 distinctions in relevant 'A' level subjects and at least 1 'S' paper merit

For candidates from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

  • Attained subject CAP of 3.60 and above, majoring in at least 3 of the following sunjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology (one of which must be with Honours)
  • Graded at least merit for their final year research project
    • Candidates are expected to sit for SATs prior to, or during the course of their application, and score as follows:
      • SAT I – 2100 minimum
      • SAT II – 1400 minimum
    • Preference will be given to candidates with experience and notable achievements in science- or math-related projects and activities.


Successful candidates will be given support for undergraduate study, comprising*:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance
  • Annual book allowance
  • Annual return airfare
  • Computer allowance
  • Warm clothing allowance and settling-in allowance

*Rates/allowances vary according to country and university, and are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time

Service Committment

 The NSS (BS) scholarship comes with a six-year service commitment comprising:

  • A compulsory 1-year research attachment* at an A*STAR Research Institute between the BS and PhD studies.
  • Five years at A*STAR's Research Institutes upon completion of PhD studies.

*NSS(BS) scholars who have completed their undergraduate studies may be considered for the Duke-NUS GMS MD-PhD programme on a highly competitive basis. A*STAR will fund only the PhD phase of the MD-PhD programme, subject to scholars meeting the yearly academic requirements during the MD phase.


Interested scholars must notify A*STAR and submit their application to A*GA before 30 September 2008, for the August 2009 intake. Scholars shortlisted and approved by the A*STAR interview panel will then apply to GMS for admission.


Upon successful completion of the MD/PhD programme and housemanship, scholars may be considered for clinical specialist training in Singapore, subject to their academic performance, aptitude and research needs of A*STAR. NSS(BS) scholars who wish to pursue other MD-PhD programmes must notify and obtain approval from A*STAR before applying for admission into the programme.

Application Procedure

To apply for NSS (BS), click here to find the application form.


Please submit application form with supporting documents by post to:

A*STAR Graduate Academy
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
20 Biopolis Way, #07-01 Centros
Singapore 138668

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


Application for NSS (BS) this year has closed since 12 April 2009.

Contact Details

Email A*GA Scholarship Officers:

  • Cheryl Wong
  • Felicia Goh
  • Sharon Koh
  • Victoria Poon


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Last Updated on 14 August 2009



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