A*STAR Computing and Information Science (ACIS) Scholarship

ACIS- Nguyen Xuan Phi

The A*STAR Computing and Information Science (ACIS) Scholarship aims to attract and nurture top talents who wish to pursue a PhD in computing and information science (CIS) disciplines, opening the gateway to exciting careers in A*STAR, industry R&D labs, technology enterprises, spin-off companies and academia.

Scholars in the programme will be exposed to boundless opportunities to research on real-world issues across the whole spectrum of computing science, from deep learning for healthcare, data analytics for improved machine learning, to modelling and simulation for advanced applications.

A monthly stipend will be provided to scholars, in addition to up to four years of funding for your PhD studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) or Singapore Management University (SMU).

Scholars can also look forward to an overseas attachment of up to 12 months during their PhD studies. 

 ACIS scholars who are interested to further deepen their research expertise and expand their global network through post-doctoral training at top overseas universities or research entities canapply for the A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF) upon completion of their PhD studies.

Pursue your passion for Computing and Information Science with the ACIS Scholarship today!


Applicants must:

  • Singaporeans and other nationals welcome to apply
  • Non-Singaporeans must have completed or are on track to complete a degree in a Singapore autonomous university
  • Have obtained, or are on track to obtain, at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants who are in the last semester of their final year of undergraduate studies are welcome to apply; however, successful candidates will only be awarded the scholarship if they obtain at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours or equivalent results that meet A*STAR’s requirements
  • Satisfy the criteria for and gain admission to a PhD programme* in one of the following schools:
    • NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering
    • NUS School of Computing 
    • SMU School of Information Systems 
    • SUTD Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar
  • Have strong interest to pursue a CIS research career in industry R&D labs, technology enterprises, spin-off companies and/or academia

*Applicants for thematic programmes who are applying for or have gained admission to schools/departments other than the 4 specified CIS schools may be considered for the ACIS Scholarship if their PhD project is in CIS, on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Please refer to the "Research Areas and Supervisors" tab on the AGS webpage for a list of A*STAR approved supervisors. If the supervisor that you are interested to work with is not found in the lists, you may like to contact the supervisor to discuss possible projects.


Successful applicants will be given the following support* for up to four years:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly sustenance allowance and CPF contribution (where applicable) based on the prevailing employer’s contribution rate^
    Monthly Sustenance AllowanceAmount
    For Singapore CitizensS$5,800
    For Singapore Permanent Citizens^S$4,800
    For Non-Singapore Citizens^S$4,550
  • Other allowances including
    • Book allowance
    • Computer allowance
    • Conference allowance
    • Miscellaneous allowance
    • Thesis allowance
  • Support for up to 12 months of overseas attachment

*All rates/allowances are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time.
^Non-Singaporean scholars and Singapore Permanent Residents will receive the following with effect from the date of obtaining Singapore citizenship:
(i) Monthly sustenance allowance at the rate applicable for Singapore citizens;
(ii) Monthly CPF contribution.

Post-doctoral Opportunity:
ACIS scholars are eligible to apply for the A*STAR International Fellowship, which provides up to 2 years of funding support for post-doctoral training in a top overseas laboratory or institution.


Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents : No service commitment.

Non-Singaporeans : 3-year service in Singapore-based companies^ without commitment to any specific organization. The area of work should preferably be in CIS disciplines.

^ 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).


To apply for the ACIS, please click here.

The application cycle is aligned to the university admission intakes in August or January each year, as follows.

Admission IntakeLast day for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents
January 20241 August 2023
August 20241 February 2024

Applicants should concurrently apply PhD admission to their intended university.

Please note that the choice of PhD supervisor(s), project and university of successful candidates is subject to approval by A*STAR.

Applicants may submit GRE scores (if available) to be included in the overall assessment of their scholarship application.

Please refer to the "Research Areas and Supervisors" tab on the AGS webpage for a list of A*STAR approved supervisors. If the supervisor that you are interested to work with is not found in the lists, you may like to contact the supervisor to discuss possible projects.”


For frequently asked questions, please click here.

Please contact us at student_services@hq.a-star.edu.sg  if you have further queries.


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