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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    Candidates must:

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

  •  Sit for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to, or during the course of their application, and obtain minimum scores as follows:

    • Combined Verbal & Quantitative – 322

    • Analytical Writing – 4.5

  • Be in the process of gaining admission into PhD programme in biomedical sciences, physical sciences or engineering at a top global university

  • Other requirements:

  • Successful candidates 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 candidates will be given support for up to five years of PhD studies comprising*:
  • Full tuition fees

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

  • Monthly overseas living allowance

  • Annual return airfare

  • Other allowances including

    • Book allowance
    • Computer allowance
    • Conference allowance
    • Thesis 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.

Application Procedure

To apply for NSS (PhD), click here.

A*STAR accepts and processes applications throughout the year. However, priority will be given to applications that reach us by 1st April for admission to an overseas university in Fall the following year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For frequently asked questions, please click here.