FAQS for A*STAR Research Internship Award (ARIA)

AGA FAQ

About the Award

1. What is ARIA?
The A*STAR Research Internship Award (ARIA) offers curated research-based internship opportunities at the A*STAR Research Institutes (RIs) to Singaporean Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) undergraduates in autonomous universities in Singapore.

2. What do I gain from this research-based internship?
You gain first-hand research experience, meaningful exposure to industry-relevant and translational research work, and see the impact of A*STAR’s research to industry and Singapore’s economy. You get to hone your research skills, knowledge, lab skills and work alongside experienced researchers/scientists and meet like-minded peers.

3. Where can I find out more information about ARIA?
Interested students are highly encouraged to visit the ARIA webpage: https://bit.ly/astar_aria

ELIGIBILITY

1. Is ARIA applicable to any student studying in any faculty and autonomous university?
Singaporean undergraduates (≥ 2nd year) in computing and information science, engineering and technology, physical sciences, or biomedical/life/food sciences may apply for ARIA.

2. Is there a minimum internship duration to fulfil?
The minimum internship duration is 16 weeks to 24 weeks (during semester) or 12 weeks (during vacation), subject to the university’s minimum internship duration requirements for your faculty/school discipline.

3. Is there a minimum academic grading required?
Honours (Distinction) or better / a cumulative GPA of 4.0/5.0 and above, or equivalent is required.

4. Can a non-Singaporean/ Singapore PR apply for ARIA?
ARIA is applicable only to Singapore citizens. Foreigners and PRs are not eligible.

5. Do I need prior research experience?
Prior experience is preferred, but not necessary. However, candidates should have some interest/keenness, aspiration, abilities and/or strong inclination towards considering a STEM career in R&D.

6. What is the monthly allowance provide to a successful ARIA awardee?
Successful ARIA awardees will receive a monthly allowance ranging from $1600 to $2000.

Research Areas and Projects

1. Where can I find the list of ARIA projects/opportunities?
You can look for the posting titled “ARIA/ A*STAR Research Internship Award” in your school internship portal (such as, NTU InPlace, NUS TalentConnect, SIT ReadyTalent, SUTD GEMS Portal) or reach out to your faculty’s contact person or admin for internship matters.

Alternatively, you may visit the ARIA webpage (https://bit.ly/astar_aria). Navigate to the section “Research Areas and Projects” to view the list of ARIA Research Projects posted and follow the application instructions.

Please Note: You will be required to indicate your choice of specific ARIA Project Title when submitting your application form through the ARIA Online Application

Application Procedure and Selection

1. How to apply/ submit an ARIA Application?
For Singaporean local undergraduates: Go to the ARIA webpage (https://bit.ly/astar_aria). Navigate to the section “Research Areas and Projects” to view the list of ARIA Research Projects posted and follow the application instructions.

2. I am a Singaporean presently studying overseas. How can I submit my application for ARIA?
For Singaporean undergraduates studying in Overseas universities:
a) Go to the ARIA webpage (https://bit.ly/astar_aria).
b) Navigate to the section “Research Areas and Projects” to view the list of ARIA Research Projects posted and follow the application instructions.

3. When can I start applying for ARIA?
ARIA applications are open all year. You may submit as early as 6 months before your school internship portal application window opens.

4. Is ARIA applicable only for credit-bearing internship requirement module?
ARIA is applicable for credit-bearing faculty-based internships e.g Industrial Attachment [Research]/Professional Placement, Summer Vacation internships, and Final Year Internship (FYI).

5. What if my school’s internship portal application period has been closed?
You may go to the ARIA webpage (https://bit.ly/astar_aria). Navigate to the section “Research Areas and Projects” to view the list of ARIA Research Projects posted and follow the application instructions. Please note that you will be required to indicate your choice of specific ARIA Project Title when submitting your application form through the ARIA Online Application Form 

6. What is the selection/interview process?
If you are shortlisted, you can expect to be e-interviewed by the Research Institute’s Supervisor of the project.

7. What qualities does A*STAR look for in an ARIA awardee?
In addition to academic excellence and a passion in science, we are looking for students who are committed to a research or research-related career in Singapore. A*STAR is making a significant investment in each awardee and the aim is to groom passionate youths who are keen to be part of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise ecosystem.

8. Who can I contact for further questions pertaining to ARIA?
Please contact us at student_services@hq.a-star.edu.sg if you have further queries.