A*STAR International Fellowship

AIF - Sam Oh

The A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF) is a scholarship that will fund your post-doctoral training at leading research institutions or universities overseas, providing you with opportunities to expand your research experience and deepen your knowledge in your chosen field.

With the AIF, you will build a global network, gain international exposure as well as new perspectives. Upon completing your post-doctorate training, you will embark on an exciting career at one of the A*STAR research institutes of your choice.

Learn from the best minds in the global research community, establish an international network and take your research to the next level!

Hear from our scholar, Dr Sam Oh's journey in research and scholarship here. Read


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
    • 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


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


To apply for the AIF, please click here.

A*STAR accepts and processes applications:

Postdoc Commencement Last day* for submission of online application with complete set of supporting documents
From February onwards
1 October of the preceding year
From August onwards
1 April of the same year

*Off-cycle applications are also welcome.

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.


For frequently asked questions, please click here.

Please contact us at student_services@hq.a-star.edu.sg if you have further queries


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