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National Science Scholarship (BS)

Explore your interest in the biomedical sciences, physical sciences or engineering as an undergraduate at some of the world’s finest universities with the National Science Scholarship (BS).

As the only through-train scholarship in Singapore, the NSS provides for your undergraduate studies and PhD training. Through this scholarship, we seek to groom young talents for a career in science and provide them with opportunities to work in some of the world’s renowned research institutes and learn from the best scientific minds.

Come to our A*STAR Scholarship Seminar for Undergraduate Studies , 7 Dec. Click here to register!

Be part of the future generation of scientists and scientific leaders.

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Eligibility

    Applicants must: 

  • Be Singaporean. Applicants of other nationalities must intend to take up Singapore citizenship 
  • Have achieved excellent academic standing in the GCE 'A' Levels (preferably with 11 AUs), polytechnic diploma (preferably with Merit) or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or NUS High School diploma)
  • Other requirements:

  • Applicants should have a keen interest in Science and research. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and notable achievements in science- or math-related projects and activities
  • Male scholars are required to serve National Service prior to commencement of undergraduate studies 
  • Applicants are encouraged to sit for the SAT tests to broaden their choices of institutions for their undergraduate education. Although A*STAR does not mandate a minimum SAT score as a qualifying condition for the undergraduate scholarships awarded for studies, applicants are encouraged to submit their SAT scores, if available, to be included in the overall assessment of their applications

For applicants in undergraduate Year 2 & above (Mid-Term NSS(BS))

  • Be Singaporean
  • Enrolled in a top global university, with a minimum GPA of 3.8 (US university), or a First Class Honours or equivalent 
  • Have completed at least 2 semesters or 1 academic year of graded results at the point of scholarship application

The above eligibility criteria is 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

Successful applicants will be given support for their undergraduate studies, comprising*:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance
  • Annual return airfare
  • Pre-studies allowance
  • Research attachment opportunities at A*STAR Research Institutes

Mid-term NSS (BS) awardees will be offered the same terms of support as the direct NSS (BS) scholars from the point of the award, without retrospective payment.

*Rates/allowances vary according to country and university, and are subject to adjustments by A*STAR from time to time

Service Commitment

NSS (BS) awardees are required to fulfill a six-year service commitment comprising:

  • A compulsory 1-year research attachment at an A*STAR research institute between the BS and PhD studies
  • Five years at an A*STAR research institute upon completion of PhD studies

*NSS (BS) awardees who have completed their undergraduate studies may be considered for the Duke-NUS GMS MD-PhD programme on a highly competitive basis. A*STAR will fund only the PhD phase of the MD-PhD programme, subject to scholars meeting the yearly academic requirements during the MD phase. Interested scholars must notify A*STAR and submit their application to A*GA in advance.

Scholars shortlisted and approved by the A*STAR interview panel will then apply to GMS for admission. Upon successful completion of the MD-PhD programme and housemanship, scholars may be considered for clinical specialist training in Singapore, subject to their academic performance, aptitude and research needs of A*STAR.

NSS (BS) awardees who wish to pursue other MD-PhD programmes must notify and obtain approval from A*STAR before applying for admission into the programme.

Application Procedure

(i) Applicants with GCE 'A' Level/ International Baccalaureate (IB)/ NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Diploma/ Polytechnic Diploma

To apply for NSS (BS), click hereAPPLICATION DEADLINE: 31 Mar 2019

(ii) Applicants in undergraduate Year 2 & above (Mid-term NSS (BS))

To apply for Mid-term NSS (BS), click here  and select ‘Mid-term NSS (BS) Application’.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3 months prior to the start of the intended academic year for the scholarship award.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

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