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 for PhD students at A*STAR Research Institutes. Under this programme, PhD students from overseas universities will spend a minimum of one to a maximum of two years at A*STAR Research Institutes under the joint supervision of staff of the A*STAR Research Institutes and the overseas universities.


  • International PhD students with a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2nd Upper Class Honours or equivalent may participate in this programme if their home university supervisor has a collaboration with an A*STAR researcher

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.


Awardees are provided with the following during their attachment in Singapore:
  • Monthly stipend of S$2,500
  • One-time airfare grant of S$1,500
  • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000
  • Housing subsidy
  • 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

Food 300 - 600
Accommodation (Based on single room) 600 - 1000
Transport Expenses (Local) 100 - 150
 Other Expenses
(Stationery, Toiletries, Laundry, Recreation, etc)
400 - 500
 Total Estimated Cost of Living 1,400 - 2,250


Application Procedure

ARAP-Partner University Scheme

Students from partner universities should contact the respective student office for enquiries on the programme and the application procedure. The list of partner universities and contact points can be accessed here ARAP Partner Universities Contact List

ARAP-Individual Scheme

Interested students from non-ARAP Partner Universities may also come through the ARAP-Individual scheme. This programme runs throughout the year and offers the same terms of support as ARAP-Partner University scheme.

Interested students and/or supervisors are to contact the A*STAR research institute (RI) coordinator directly for placement and/or collaboration opportunities. For the contact list of A*STAR RI coordinators, please click on A*STAR Research Institutes Coordinator List.

Subsequent to this, the RI coordinator will nominate the selected PhD student for the ARAP-Individual programme with the following documents:
Completed ARAP (Individual) Nomination Form
PhD Matriculation letter
Background of how this collaboration was established
Curriculum Vitae 
English-translated Bachelor and Master Transcripts and Certificate
Copy of Identity Card/Passport
Recommendation letters from proposed supervisors

Once the completed application is submitted, assessed and approved, the student will be notified of the outcome. Successful applicants can subsequently start the attachment at the A*STAR RI.

Contact Information

Click here for: ARAP Partner Universities Contact List

Click here for: A*STAR Research Institutes Coordinator List

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

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