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Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 

PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD. Students will be supervised by distinguished and world-renowned researchers in these labs. Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NTU, NUS or SUTD.

Singapore is the gateway to some of the fastest-growing economies in the Asia Pacific region. And with SINGA, you can pursue your PhD education in Singapore, establish global links and take your research career to greater heights.

SINGA fosters a vibrant and culturally diverse research community of international students. You’ll be working in a multi-cultural environment alongside distinguished and world-renowned researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Pursue your PhD education in Singapore with SINGA and take your research to greater heights.

For more information, please download the brochure

Alternatively, please contact us at: singa_enquiries@hq.a-star.edu.sg


Research Areas

Research areas under the PhD Programme fall broadly under two categories:
  • Biomedical Sciences; and

  • Physical Science and Engineering.

More information on:

A*STAR Supervisors and Projects

NTU Supervisors and Projects

NUS Supervisors and Projects

SUTD Supervisors and Projects

Please note that you will be required to indicate your choices of supervisor in the application form.

Eligibility

  • Open for application to all international graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results
  • Good skills in written and spoken English
  • Good reports from academic referees
  • 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.

    Coverage

    The award provides support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including:

    • Tuition fees
    • Monthly stipend of S$2,000, which will be increased to S$2,500 after the passing of the Qualifying Examination
    • One-time airfare grant of up to S$1,500*
    • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000*

    * Subject to terms and conditions

    Estimated cost of living in Singapore

    Items

    Per Student Per Month (S$)

    Food

    University Canteens

    250 – 350

    Meals outside Campus

    450 – 600

    Accommodation

    (based on a single room)

    On- Campus*

    400 – 700

    Transport Expenses (local)

    100 – 150

    Other Expenses (stationary, laundry, toiletries, recreation, etc.)

    400 – 500

    Total Estimated Cost of Living

    1,400 – 2,000

     *Priority for on-campus accommodation is usually given to first year students.

    Application Procedure

    1. Browse PhD Research Projects

    Go to Research Areas to browse the projects you are interested in.

    2. Documents Required
    Do prepare the following documents in advance before applying. 
    Note: Do NOT mail any hard copy documents to SINGA Office. All necessary documents are to be submitted online.

    a. Identification card or Passport
    b. A recent passport-sized photo (in .jpeg or .png format)

    3.Transcripts & Reports
    ALL transcripts need to be in English translation
      - Mandatory

      - Bachelor’s and/or Master’s academic transcripts.
      - Bachelor’s Degree certificate(s) / scroll(s) or a letter of certification from the university on your      candidature if your degree certificate / scroll has not yet been conferred.
      - 2 recommendation reports (to be completed and submitted online by the referees).

      - Optional

      - GRE / IELTS / TOEFL / SAT I & II / GATE results. However, do note that you may be requested by the university to submit satisfactory scores as part of the university admission requirement.


    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Please read the important information below.

    a. Please ensure that the information you provide during account registration in the application portal is accurate, as the information will be used for verification upon your first log-in.

    b. Please ensure that you apply for the correct scholarship – “Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)” – in the application portal after logging in.

    c. Please do NOT mail any hard copy documents to the SINGA Office. 

    d. Please submit your applications as early as possible. This will provide ample time for your referees to submit their online recommendation reports before the application deadline, as only applications with 2 recommendation reports will be processed.

    e. Please check and ensure that all data you have entered in the online application form is correct and accurate before you submit the application. Amendments to the application will NOT be possible after it is submitted.

    Apply now via this link here!

    To apply, please click here for more information.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be notified within 12 weeks from the application closing date.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    For frequently asked questions, please click here