A*STAR International Fellowship

Expand your research experience, deepen your knowledge and form global connections that will advance your scientific career with the A*STAR International Fellowship. This scholarship fully funds your post-doctoral training at leading overseas laboratories. With this international exposure, you can connect with the global research community and build international networks. Upon completion your post-doctorate training, you will be embarking on an exciting career at an A*STAR research institute. 

Learn from the best minds in the global research community, form powerful connections and take your research to the next level.

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    Applicants must: 

  • Be Singaporeans and other nationals may apply but non-Singaporeans are required to have obtained Singapore citizenship prior to the commencement of the fellowship.
  • Have completed a PhD within the last 4 years.
  • Possess excellent publication records.
  • Not have existing bonds to any institution.
  • Have applied or be applying for a relevant post-doctoral position at a top overseas university/laboratory.
  • Other requirements:

  • Applicants in the final stages of their PhD may apply for the AIF. However, their AIF award is confirmed only upon conferment of their PhD degree.

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 2 years of overseas post-doctoral research training:

  • Monthly overseas living allowance
  • Monthly sustenance allowance, inclusive of CPF contribution (where applicable)
  • Annual return airfare
  • Other allowances including
    • Settling-in allowance 
    • Computer allowance
    • Book allowance
    • Conference allowance
  • Annual personal insurance 

*All rates/allowances vary according to country and university/lab, and are subject to A*STAR adjustments from time to time

Service Commitment

Upon completion of the post-doctoral research training , scholars will return to Singapore and contribute A*STAR's Research Institute for three (3) years.

Application Procedure

To apply for the AIF, please click here.

A*STAR accepts and processes applications throughout the year.

As AIF awardees are required to serve in an A*STAR Research Institute after their post-doctoral training, AIF applicants should identify the relevant Research Institute in which they will work during their service commitment period, and engage the Research Institute Executive Director and prospective supervisor prior to their AIF application.

This is to ensure better alignment of AIF applicants' research interest and post-doctoral training to the Research Institute's needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For frequently asked questions, please click here.