National Science Scholarship (PhD)

Calling all outstanding undergraduates with a passion for biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering!

The National Science Scholarship (PhD) funds your PhD studies for up to five years. Successful candidates are required to participate in a one-year paid research attachment at an A*STAR Research Institute prior to their PhD studies.

Unleash your talent for science and discovery and be part of Singapore’s flourishing R&D scene.

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    Applicants must:

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals intending to take up Singapore citizenship
  • Have strong interest in a research career 
  • Have outstanding undergraduate results (preferably 1st Class Honours Degree or equivalent) in relevant disciplines

  •  Obtain good GRE scores

  • Have applied or be applying for a PhD programme at a top global university

  • Other requirements:

  • Successful applicants are required to undergo a one-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute prior to their PhD studies  

    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


Successful applicants will be given the following support* for up to five years:
  • Full tuition fees

  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)

  • Monthly overseas living allowance

  • Annual return airfare

  • Other allowances including

  • Conference allowance
  • Thesis allowance
  • Book allowance
  • Computer allowance
  • Warm clothing and settling-in allowance

*All rates/allowances vary according to country and university, and are subject to adjustments made by A*STAR.

Service Commitment

Upon completion of the PhD programme, scholars will return to Singapore and contribute to A*STAR’s research institutes for four (4) years.

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