FAQS for A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP)



1. Are students required to undertake English language proficiency tests to be considered for ARAP?  
The programme does not require students to undertake English language proficiency tests. However, students should demonstrate some level of English proficiency as the main medium of communication in Singapore is English.

2. Can students enrolled in an integrated MSc-PhD programme be nominated for ARAP? 
Students would be placed on ARAP only during the PhD phase.

3. What are the eligibility criteria for students to be nominated for ARAP? 
Students must be matriculated or new PhD students at the collaborating university, and should possess at least a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class (Upper) Honours or equivalent.


1. What funding support does ARAP provide?     
ARAP awardees will be provided the following: 
Monthly stipend of S$2,700
One-time airfare grant of S$1,500
One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000
Housing subsidy
Medical insurance
Conference allowance
•       One-time IT allowance

However, A*STAR may recover the one-time settling-in allowance if the student spends less than a year at the A*STAR Research Institute.

2. Can ARAP awardees extend their attachment beyond two years?           
ARAP provides funding support for a minimum of one year to a maximum of two years. The awardee may check with the A*STAR Research Institute or supervisor for funding opportunities if he/she wishes to extend his/her attachment beyond the two years. 

3. Are ARAP awardees required to pay tuition fees to A*STAR during their attachment?     
A*STAR is Singapore’s lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. As such, ARAP awardees are not required to pay tuition fees to A*STAR during their attachment at A*STAR Research Institutes